South Tahoe Middle School wrestling dominates City Division tournament, three claim gold medals
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The City Division tournament provided a lot of smiles for the South Tahoe Middle School wrestling team, and saw 13 of the Timberwolves’ 14 grapplers move to the next phase of the postseason. The event held at Carson Middle School last Saturday, March 19, served as a qualifier for the Tah-Neva Championships.
The top four from each weight class at Saturday’s event qualified for the championships in Lovelock, Nevada, on Saturday, March 26. Those wrestlers will square off against the top four from the Desert Division.
“Wins and medals are great, but the real value of this weekend’s results is that we get another week of laughing, learning and competing with each other,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Wallace said. “We are going to have a lot of fun prepping a full squad for Tah-Neva.”
South Tahoe boasted seven finalists Saturday — including three champions. Eighth-graders Nate Singelyn (110 pounds) and Hilario Nunez (heavyweight) both won their first gold medals of the season while rising seventh-grade star Hayden Waters captured his third title and improved to 19-0.
Three Timberwolves’ silver medalists — eighth-graders Gavin Breen (90) and Tyler Njotn (105) along with seventh-grader Derek Robbins (125) — each found themselves in the finals for the first time this season after dominating the early rounds. Runner-up Braulio Orozco (125) was a finalist for the third consecutive weekend, and improved to 16-3 in his first season on the mat.
The remaining six qualifiers — Ben Miller (80), Kyle Clark (135), Carson Cobel (100), Drake Lathrop (115), Luis Ortiz (115), and Gary Freeman (heavyweight) each left with bronze medals around their necks. They also emerged with smiles on their faces, after extending their seasons with five more practices and one more competition.
“Consistent success in wrestling requires a level of self-discipline that is very elusive at this age,” Wallace said. “This group’s cohesion and collective maturity has allowed us to take big steps forward every day.”
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