STHS grapplers named ‘good sports’ |

STHS grapplers named ‘good sports’

Matt O'Neill

ELKO, Nev. – The South Tahoe High wrestling program is back on the map.

Jack Lopez and Jim Kruk have helped put it back on the radar.

In their first season since returning to the sideline, the duo and the program have been given one of the biggest honors that can bestowed upon a program – the sportsmanship award.

“Realistically, we took a program that was spiraling out of control downward and turned it around,” Kruk said.

Given annually by other coaches and the referees, the award signifies which program has achieved the most on and off the mat.

Since Lopez and Kruk have rejoined the program, the Viking have had the most wrestlers complete the season in years. Twenty-five grapplers lasted the duration of the season, something that hasn’t happened in recent years.

“It’s a great honor for our school,” said senior Brad Ross, who made the state tournament for the first time under Lopez and Kruk. “It’s a testament to coach Kruk and Lopez and what they’ve done this season.”

The community and South Tahoe staff have also begun to support the program as well and appreciate all the hard work the two coaches have put into the program.

“It’s good to see South Tahoe recognized,” said Doug Ross, who wrestled on South Tahoe High’s first team. “It’s a great honor for both the kids and the coaches.”

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