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Vikings roll over Greenwave in wrestling action

It took a whole team to beat Fallon, and that’s just what happened when South Tahoe hosted the Greenwave on Wednesday night.

The Vikings used seven pins to post a 48-31 win over Fallon, which finished third in the state a year ago.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve won a 4A meet,” Viking coach Jack Lopez said. ” I’m happy for the kids.”



South Tahoe took the mat without some of its first-team grapplers, but made little difference as the Vikings proved to have a deep squad.

“Last week we were hit by the flu bug,” Lopez said. “But those other kids rose to the occasion.”



The Vikings, going up against a powerhouse in Fallon, knew they needed as many six-point wins as possible to pull off the upset.

“We work on pins and not being pinned in practice,” Lopez said. “When you start giving up sixes, you’re not going to win.”

Still, the South Tahoe grapplers were surprised with the amount of pins they scored.

“(Getting seven) it’s not too rare,” Brad Ross said. “But it’s a great accomplishment for a team like us, especially against someone like Fallon.”

The Vikings were led by a pair of brothers, the Millers and the Rosses, all four of whom pinned their opponents.

Alecs Miller scored a pin at the 2-minute, 40-second mark in the second round over Justin Lacow in the 112-pound division.

Jo Jo Miller, not to be outdone by his sibling, pinned his 160-pound opponent Roger Eastman 3:55 into the second round.

“The Miller brothers did a great job tonight,” Lopez said.

Both Cavin and Brad Ross scored six-point pins as well. Cavin, wrestling at 119, pinned Mark Hubbard in 51 seconds and ran his season record to 12-0. Meanwhile, Brad, 135, pinned Jason Maynez at 4:40 in the third period.

Galen Breisacher scored a pin over Cobe James at 3:10 of the second period in the 140 weight class.

Gumbu Sherpa battled Lee Riggins almost to the very end before he scored a pin at the 5:00 mark in the third period in the 171 weight class, and David Vasquez secured the win over the Greenwave 1 minute into his heavyweight match with Matt Moore.

“The goal is to get a pin,” said Vasquez, “especially in a situation like that when we’re down and we need the points.”

The Vikings next take the mat when they host a double dual against Douglas and Carson on Wednesday.


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