Wrestling teams make most of match without official
When an official failed to show for the South Tahoe-Hug prep wrestling match on Wednesday night in South Lake Tahoe, the coaches didn’t turn off the lights and send their kids home.
Instead, Viking third-year coach Tom Barnes creatively found an ironic replacement – a Hug assistant coach.
“He’s not an official referee, but it was the most relaxed match I’ve had in three years. This coach knew more about wrestling than virtually most of the officials I’ve seen in the past three years,” said Barnes following a a 48-17 loss to the Hawks.
South Tahoe (0-11-1) enjoyed a 17-15 lead at one point, but the Hawks used two late pins and three forfeits to pull away.
But early on, brothers Cavin and Brad Ross made the Vikings more than competitive.
Cavin dominated his 103-pound match, winning by technical foul with his decisive 18-3 verdict.
Meanwhile, his brother endured a heartbreaking defeat at 119. Leading 7-4, Brad surrendered four points on a reversal with 10 seconds remaining to lose 8-7.
However, the Vikings rebounded with a pair of pins at 130 and 135 pounds. Rook Naccarato won by fall with 12 seconds left in his volatile 130-pound match.
At 136, Viking freshman Galen Breisacher probably didn’t need a shower after winning by fall in 45 seconds.
Jordan Breisacher nearly kept the momentum going but lost a tough 14-12 decision at 140.
Eight Vikings will participate in the Northern Nevada League JV zone tournament on Saturday at McQueen High in Reno. The varsity zone tournament takes place Feb. 12-13.
Whittell’s second-place JV boys basketball team split a pair of games last weekend.
Incline overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to pull out a 48-47 triumph last Friday as Whittell finished with only four players on the court. Matt Wiggins led Whittell’s scoring with 12 points.
Four Warriors fouled out.
The Warriors rebounded for a 48-42 win over Dayton behind 31 combined points from Bryan Sigel and Wiggins on Saturday.
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