South Tahoe wrestlers compete at Armijo Invitational |

South Tahoe wrestlers compete at Armijo Invitational

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe junior Michael Valney keeps hold of a competitor at the Armijo Invitational last weekend at Armijo High. Valney placed fourth in the 126-pound weight class.
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FAIRFIELD, Calif. — In its last nonleague tune-up prior to the postseason, the South Tahoe wrestling team took to the mat at the Armijo Invitational last weekend. The Vikings took nine wrestlers to the 24-team tournament hosted by Armijo High — and three placed against tough competition.

“It was a really tough tournament,” Vikings head coach Sean Griffis said. “It was good, quality wrestling for all of the kids.”

Two South Tahoe wrestlers delivered third-place finishes at the invitational — senior James Sorensen in the 138-pound weight class and sophomore Andrew Herrera at 170 pounds. In the 126-pound weight class, junior Michael Valney took fourth.

The Vikings have 10 wrestlers on this year’s team, including four seniors — Sorensen, Addison Day, Mike Herring and Miguel Leon. Juniors Valney, Blair Binns, Boe Griffis, sophomore Herrera along with freshmen Jackson Binns and Clarence Rohrbacher round out the varsity roster.

“It’s a really solid team — from the lighter weights all the way to the top,” Griffis said. “We have a few kids that are doing really well and the other kids are improving every week.

“We’ll have a good chance at the regional event to send quite a few kids to state if they perform well.”

South Tahoe returns to action Friday at Fernley for a two-day meet. After this weekend it’s on to league duals and regionals before the season-ending state meet — duals determine seeding for the regional meet, where the top four in each weight class advance to state.

“It’s the last big tournament to fine tune things — we have to have everything coming together by the end of this weekend,” Griffis said. “It lets us know where we’re at and how we’re going to do in the regional and state tournaments.”

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