‘Wolves throw weight around at zone
An hour before the Tah-Neva League zone wrestling championships Saturday in Carson City, South Tahoe Middle School’s Joshua Mason faced the distinct possibility that he would wrestle at a higher weight or not at all. After all, he was a half-pound overweight and the weigh-in time limit was running out.
Mason, however, cut the weight with 15 minutes to spare and went on to win the seventh-grade 80-pound championship as a first-year wrestler.
It was the first time in the league’s compact season that required wrestler to step on the scale. STMS coach Dennis Romero helped the league institute the rule this winter and is pleased with its impact.
“It gives them another aspect of wrestling now that they have to learn before they get to high school,” Romero said. “Coaches were stacking boys in lower weight classes so they would be assured of gold medals, and a lot of coaches were sliding on it. This made them real honest.”
Garret Gibb, a 75-pounder, and Evan Maclean, a 90-pounder, also brought home individual seventh-grade titles for the Timberwolves.
Any wrestler finishing among the top four advanced to the state championships Saturday in Yerington.
STMS’s other seventh-grade medalists were: Nick Kallenbauch, fourth place, 105 pounds; and Dan Alexander, second, 145 pounds.
Timberwolves earning medals in the eight-grade division were: Tyler Rieger, third, 90-pounds; Kenny Craig, fourth, 120 pounds; and Nik Mercado, fourth, 125 pounds.
Rieger was to wrestle at 95 pounds, but at weigh-ins Romero discovered his wrestler only a pound from making the 90-pound limit. He lost the pound in 45 minutes.
“He thought he would do better at 90 pounds, and he did,” Romero said.
Romero was impressed Monday when 12 of his non-state qualifiers came out for practice to help the state-bound wrestlers.
“It’s the best group I’ve had,” Romero said. “This week, they are falling back to basics to bring them back to reality that those are the things that win matches for them.”
The state championships begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Yerington High School in Yerington.
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