South Tahoe Wrestling Club has strong showing at North Valleys tourney |

South Tahoe Wrestling Club has strong showing at North Valleys tourney

Behind a 3-0 performance by 94-pound Zack Vereschagin in the 11-12 year old division, the South Tahoe Wrestling Club exceeded its coach’s expectations by showing tenacity in the Sierra Wrestling Association Kid Wrestling Tournament held Jan. 19 at North Valleys High School.

“I was most pleased. Some of our wrestlers showed extreme heart,” said South Tahoe coach David Borges following the 300-participant tournament. “I was even complemented by some of the other coaches because the South Tahoe kids just dont give up. They love watching South Tahoe wrestlers because of that. As a coach that’s such a complement.”

The Sierra Wrestling Association tournament was the second of the year for the South Tahoe club. Their first, held at Reed High School Jan. 12, saw eight youngsters make the trip, with “most of them” placing, Borges said.

“Last week was a warmup week,” he added. “The kids that didn’t win in the last tournament came back and won this one.”

In the 9-10 year old division, first-year South Tahoe wrestler Kolten VanPelt, 48 pounds, placed second with a one-point differential in his match, while 66-pound Rafael Guterrez earned his first win for a fourth-place finish. Mathew Villescas placed seventh, and Jordan Johnson won two matches enroute to a fifth-place medal.

In the 11-12 year old division, Vereschagin won all three of his matches to become South Tahoe’s sole champion, while 63-pound Desi Johnston wrestled five times to a fifth-place finish.

In the 13-14 year old division, 170-pound Miles Wallace won three of four matches for a second-place medal, while Will Darnell placed third. Erick Ramirez placed fifth, and Jake Fonken placed third by winning three of five matches, while also refereeing for most of the day.

In the Cadet 15-16 year old division, Jake Kemper placed first, and also assisted with officiating at the tourney.

The next wrestling tournament for South Tahoe will be Jan. 26 at Fernley High School.

“We’re looking for state championship, and we’re just building until we get there,” Borges said.

For more information on the South Tahoe Wrestling Club, contact David Borges at 544-5800.

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