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Vikings open wrestling season

Steve Yingling

Anyone who saw South Tahoe High wrestle Saturday in Fallon has to be optimistic about the program’s future.

A talented core of freshmen debuted in successful fashion, even though the Vikings lost to Fallon 36-27, Lowry 84-0, Fernley 63-12 and Rite of Passage 42-18.

Viking freshman Ascension Gonzalez pinned three of his four opponents at 152 pounds.

“He’s a hot wrestler,” said Viking coach Tom Barnes. He’s been freestyle wrestling with Dave Borges at the middle school, and credit should be given to Dave for giving us a good prospect. Plus, Ascension is extremely physical and aggressive. Most of his pinning moves are from throws, which are fantastic to watch. Not too many kids can get away with it.”

Other Viking freshmen making immediate impacts were Cavin Ross, three wins at 103 pounds; and Jordan Breisacher, two wins, including one by fall, at 130. STHS sophomore Steve Hook, a transfer from ROP, was victorious in three of his fourth matches at 135 pounds.

Joe Hunt, Brad Ross, Aurelio Vilasenor, Melinda Lieppe, Jenny Doyle and Travis Miller and James Fabrizio also participated for South Tahoe.

South Tahoe’s home opener is Wednesday against Lowry and Fallon.


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