Sparks wins duel, but South Tahoe matmen have come a long way
Wrestling’s youth movement hit ground zero at South Tahoe High on Wednesday when a young Sparks squad defeated South Tahoe’s growing team 69-12 in a dual meet.
Still, South Tahoe showed part of how much progress the Vikings have made over the past few years. The Vikings traditionally have entered dual meets expecting to give up most of their points right off the bat with empty weight classes, but not anymore: The varsity forfeited just one class – heavyweight – in their home opener.
“I think they’re improving,” said South Tahoe head coach Tom Barnes. “We had a couple of pins with Cavin and Brad (Ross), and a couple of tough matches where we were ahead before we lost. Kids are scoring points, and that’s fantastic.”
The Ross twins, both juniors, picked up South Tahoe’s only two varsity wins on Wednesday. Cavin Ross pinned Willy Aguilar 42 seconds into the first round in the 125-pound class, and Brad pinned Matt Forbes of Sparks in 4:32 of the second round at 130.
“We have a lot more guys this year, and those guys are really fighting,” Cavin Ross said. “I like that. We have a chance when we can get our weights filled.”
The Vikings are coming off Saturday’s trip to the Hug Takedown junior varsity tournament, where they placed fourth out of a 16-team field. While the team still definitely has room for improvement, the early results have encouraged Barnes.
“What that means is that, combined with these matches against a varsity squad is that we’re making very big strides in terms of overall and individual improvement,” Barnes said.
“Our kids are hanging in some matches and that’s a good sign.”
South Tahoe’s wrestlers are gaining experience. Many members of the varsity took part in JV matches just for the extra repetitions.
“Most of them wrestled twice and they needed it,” said assistant coach Dennis Romero.
Sparks at South Tahoe
103 Hartley (Sparks) pinned Danny Lucero (South Tahoe)
112 Martinez (S) pinned Kevin Maslow (ST)
118 Barnato (S) pinned Joe Hunt (ST)
125 C. Ross (ST) pinned Aguilar (S)
130 B. Ross (ST) pinned Forbes (S)
135 Calle (S) pinned R. Naccarato (ST)
140 Jueda (S) pinned Burns (ST)
145 Barnato (S) pinned Smith (ST)
152 Longabard (S) pinned Sherpa (ST)
160 Bechrun (S) def. Herzog (ST) (technical)
171 Lopez (S) pinned Marino (ST)
189 Crites (S) pinned Nixon (ST)
215 Barriochoa (S) pinned Alexander (ST)
275 (Sparks wins in forfeit)
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