Viking wrestler earns state victory |

Viking wrestler earns state victory

David Gignilliat

South Tahoe High wrestler Cavin Ross gained some valuable experience in Elko last weekend, winning one out of three matches in the 103-pound weight class at the NIAA state tournament.

“He should be very proud,” said Vikings coach Tom Barnes. “He went up against some very tough competition and was able to win a match. As a sophomore, that’s quite a feather in his cap.”

After falling to Eureka grappler Luke Baca in a 6-1 decision during Friday’s opening round, Ross regrouped with a 9-4 win over No. 8 seed James Brown of Carlin.

The win over Brown sent Ross into the tourney’s consolation bracket, where successive wins would have allowed the South Tahoe sophomore captain to medal.

Durango wrestler Jeff Stone ended Ross’s run with a pin at the 1:36 mark in a Saturday match.

“It’s a great way to wind up the season,” Barnes said. “We were just tickled that we could get a wrestler into the tournament.”

Virgin Valley sophomore Skyler Woods won the overall title at the 103-pound class, and was voted the outstanding wrestler out of the event’s 50-team, 224-athlete field.

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