Vikings capture three wrestling titles |

Vikings capture three wrestling titles

Steve Yingling

The near future of South Tahoe High wrestling never looked as good as it did at the McQueen Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

South Tahoe claimed three titles as eight of its 12 freshman and sophomore wrestlers placed fourth or better in the one-day junior varsity tournament in Reno.

Cavin Ross, Ascension Gonzales and Justin Nixon brought home championships. Ross pinned three of his four opponents on his way to the 112-pound title; Gonzales scored two pins en route to capturing the 171-pound crown; and Nixon won all four of his matches by fall in winning the 189-pound title.

“This puts us right on schedule,” said Viking coach Tom Barnes. “I’m proud of them all for doing well. They’ve worked very hard in practice and they’re beginning to show results. They’re all wrestling craftsmanly, and I’m pleased with their skill attention.”

Other Vikings to place were: Wayne Lucero, second, 103 pounds; Brad Ross, coming through the consolation bracked, placed third at 125; Galen Breisacher, fourth, 135; Jordan Breisacher, fourth, 140; and Matt McGuffin, third, 160.

Team scores weren’t kept.

The Vikings open their dual season with matches against Lowry and Fallon on Wednesday in Fallon. Before breaking for the holidays, the Vikings will compete in the Grass Valley Tournament Dec. 18-19.

Besides the consistent play of 6-foot-5 senior center James Putnam, the only thing steady about the Whittell High boys basketball team is their inconsistency.

After shocking defending Nevada 3A state champion Truckee 57-55 last Tuesday in Truckee, the Warriors only won one of three games at the Portola Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Whittell (4-4) opened with a 63-50 defeat to Quincy, but bounced back to subdue host Portola 78-68 before a raucous crowd on Friday night. However, the Warriors didn’t carry the excitement of that win over to Saturday as they lost to Modoc 59-50.

“It’s disappointing. We can’t win two games in a row,” Whittell coach Steve Maltase said. “We’re not playing horrible and we’re not panicking, but we’re just not very consistent right now.

“I thought we’d turn the corner on Saturday, but we didn’t get to their shooters quick enough and didn’t take care of the ball every well.”

Putnam, who was selected to the all-tournament team, led the Warriors in scoring in two of the three games. He scored 20 point against Quincy and 25 versus Portola. Avery Norman netted 14 points against Modoc, while point guard Chris Markt had 13 points versus Portola.

Putnam won the tournament’s slam dunk contest for the second year in a row, while Todd Echan made 9-of-10 free throw attempts to win a foul-shooting contest.

Joel Warnick made the junior varsity all-tournament team, despite three straight losses by the Warriors.

Whittell will play its home opener against North Tahoe on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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