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Vikings hoping not to be zoned out of state

Matt O'Neill

Although the South Tahoe High wrestling team is young – having only four seniors on the team – the coaching staff is hoping to get as many as three or four grapplers into the state tournament.

First, the team will have to make it through the zone tournament this weekend at Galena High in Reno.

“I think we should fare pretty well,” senior Brad Ross said. “We have some pretty talented wrestlers on this team.”

Head coach Jack Lopez said his staff is hoping to have three wrestlers make the trip to the state tournament in Elko, but they would be overwhelmed to have more.

“Cavin (Ross), Brad and David (Vasquez) could all make it,” Lopez said. “Alex Miller and Galen Breisacher could sneak in there as well.

“We’d be overjoyed if all of them made it. That would be the icing on the cake.”

Cavin Ross is hoping to make a return trip to the state tournament where he finished fourth a year ago. In his final year of his prep career, Cavin would like nothing more than to have his twin brother join him.

“He better go,” said Cavin, who boasts a 36-1 record. “I’m tired of going by myself.”

This year, he may not be alone. Brad has compiled a 24-13 record in his final campaign and Vasquez has also had a very successful season, including taking third at the Mark Fuller Invitational in Lincoln, Calif.

“This is my senior year and I sure hope to go to state,” Brad said.

In order to qualify for the state tournament, each South Tahoe wrestler must finish in the top-five of their weight class. But, with a young team like South Tahoe possesses, it is a wild-card situation this weekend.

“I can’t say that everyone is going to finish first,” Brad said. “But everyone definitely has a chance to make it to state.”

According to STHS coach Jim Kruk, the zone tournament is an individual event, even though the whole team travels to the competition. Each grappler’s fate is entirely in their own hands, which according to Brad changes the mental approach.

“As a team we try to remain focused,” he said. “But as an individual tournament, it is a little bit more challenging to reamain as one unit.

“Everyone has to get it done on their own.”

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