South Tahoe wrestlers finish third in league meets
With a win over Wooster at home Wednesday night, the South Tahoe High wrestling team secured third place in 4A Sierra League competition.
The Vikings beat Wooster by a score of 45-32 and now are 4-2 in the league.
“We’re just thrilled to death with third place,” said South Tahoe coach Jack Lopez. “It was our last dual meet, and now we go into zone.”
South Tahoe’s two league losses came against Carson and Douglas, which were both undefeated going into a Wednesday night matchup that ended in a 30-30 tie.
In addition, the Vikings ended their dual season with two undefeated wrestlers: David Vasquez and Garrett Gibb. And for a young South Tahoe team with 10 sophomores and one freshman, the strong conference finish is especially significant.
“I was really impressed with the whole bunch,” Lopez said. “If these kids stay with it clear through their senior year, who knows? They came in third now, but they could move up.”
In the 105-pound weight class, Gibb earned a pin in the first minute of the second round. At 114, Rusty Faulkner drew a forfeit. At 121, South Tahoe sophomore Ryan Duin earned his first varsity win with a pin of his opponent in 3 minutes, 58 seconds in his first varsity match.
At 127, South Tahoe’s Dan Duysters earned a forfeit. At 132, Wooster’s Seth St. Claire pinned South Tahoe’s Nick Naccarato in 4:36. At 137, Josh Wilson of Wooster won by forfeit.
At 142, South Tahoe’s Josh Reeder won by forfeit. At 147, Wooster’s Zach Lazzari pinned Ryan Andrews of South Tahoe at the 1:25 mark. At 154, Jarred Espinoza of Wooster won a decision over Kyler Crouse, 11-7. At 162, South Tahoe’s Jake Cain also got his first varsity win in his second varsity match with a decision over Dillon Towner, 4-0.
At 173, Wooster’s Ed Perreirr won a technical decision over Oscar Moreno, 18-3. At 191, Wooster’s Dan Haley pinned Nate Sweeney at the 4:16 mark. At 217, J.P. Foster of South Tahoe pinned Tony Miranda at 3:59.
In the 275-pound weight class, Vasquez completed his undefeated league season at 6-0 with a pin of Wooster’s Chris Rassmussen at the 1:21 mark.
The Vikings now enter the beginning of the zone competition Feb. 7-8 in Sparks. Qualifiers advance to the state meet Feb. 14-15 in Reno.
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