STHS pins four Tigers but lose division match |

STHS pins four Tigers but lose division match

Jeremy Evans

On Wednesday night in Minden, South Tahoe High’s wrestling team got a glimpse of what the next level looks like. The Vikings, though, are pretty sure they can get there.

Douglas, which returned eight state qualifiers and six state placers from last year’s team, handed South Tahoe its second straight Sierra Division loss with a 49-24 decision at Douglas High. The Vikings, who are now 1-2 in division duals, had some notable bright spots.

Miles Wallace, Nick Sweeney, Martin Taylor and J.P. Foster recorded four straight pins to put South Tahoe ahead 24-12 early on. Taylor, in fact, was wrestling in his first varsity match. But the Tigers won every match the rest of the way, including several by forfeit, to post a comeback victory.

The Vikings’ Elliot Pekar wrestled tough against Ryan Pruitt, losing 4-1 to a state placer from last season. At 112 pounds, South Tahoe’s Mike Crouse lost by two points to Devin Baker, another state placer from last season for the Tigers. It was Crouse’s first loss of the season.

“Actually, we wrestled really well,” said first-year South Tahoe coach Ken Robbins. “It was by far the best we’ve wrestled this season. But Douglas is quite a team.”

South Tahoe doesn’t wrestle again until the Dayton Tournament on Dec. 30. The Vikings’ next division dual is on Jan. 4, when they host Carson at South Tahoe High School.

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