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Vikes improve in dual meet

Michael Traum

There may not be two tougher wrestling squads in Northern Nevada than Lowry and Fallon. And South Tahoe High faced both in a three-way dual on Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Vikings fell to the Buckaroos in the opener, 71-12, in Lowry coach Jim Billingsley’s 298th career win. Later, Tahoe bowed to the Greenwave, 78-3, which also beat Lowry, 48-24.

Fallon returned eight zone participants, including two winners, while Lowry featured nine zone returners.

“Those are two very strong wrestling clubs. And we’re a building club,” said Tahoe coach Tom Barnes, whose young team represented themselves respectably. “I’m very happy with our work. I see enthusiasm and it’s exciting to see all of these people out there enjoying the sport. I’m proud of our effort.”

The Vikings only forfeited three weights – 160, 171 and 215 pounds. It marked the second time in less than one week the three schools have wrestled each other, as the Vikes were at the Fallon Tounrament last weekend.

Tahoe’s points versus Lowry came on pins by 135-pound freshman Jordan Breisacher and 189-pound senior Jason Nixon. Freshman brothers Cavin Ross (103) and Brad Ross (112) made it to third round, while freshman Asencion Gonzales looked tough in a pair of defeats. Steve Hook (135) took a decision loss vs. Lowry and scored Tahoe’s points vs. Fallon on a 4-2 decision.

“I was on the weak side when I got here because I had to drop six pounds last night. I ate right after weigh-ins, felt a little better and got fired up,” said Hook, a junior transfer who was fifth in state last year at Rite of Passage. “Coach thinks I can go far in wrestling and I want to prove to him I can do well.”

Added Barnes, “Steve is learning with each match. He’s the kind of fellow that listens to coaching and is applying himself very well. He’s showing athletic and mechanical improvement.”

Tahoe’s image as an up-and-coming group wasn’t lost on Fallon coach Louie Mori.

“South Tahoe has always had some solid kids that can take on anybody. They’re trying to build the program and you’ve got to be careful to not get too sloppy. Each kid has to get himself up and realize that if he makes a mistake, he’ll be in trouble,” Mori said.

The Vikings will travel to the Incline Tournament on Saturday. Tahoe’s only other home event will be the Randy Couch Memorial Tournament on Jan. 10.


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