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Cooper, Gwerder lead Truckee JV wrestlers

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Truckee High wrestler Ricky Cooper led his junior varsity team to victory by making it to the finals of a tournament for the second week in a row.

Cooper, a sophomore, has been beating up on the 4A for two weeks, compiling a record of 7-2 against 4A wrestlers while going undefeated in the 3A ” Truckee’s league.

He is currently ranked third in the state for JV.

“Cooper is a big part of Truckee’s future,” said Danny Curtis, Truckee’s head JV coach. “He has shown the varsity that they have a leader in the midst.”

At 119 pounds, Truckee freshman and middle school state medalist Dustin Gwerder also has wrestled his way to the finals two weeks in a row.

Gwerder has a record of 6-2 against 4A wrestlers and is undefeated in the 3A.

“Dustin is proving himself day in and day out that he is pound for pound the toughest in his weight class,” Curtis said of his freshman standout, who is currently ranked sixth in his respectful weight class.

Truckee freshman Alex Engler is giving up eight pounds of weight every time he steps on the mat. Engler was one match away from placing at the tournament. He beat Wouleman from Spring Creek by a score of 6-2 in a three-period match.

“Alex took control of the match early on as both wrestlers fought the complete six minutes,” Curtis said.

Nathan Tanner is another Truckee wrestler who has been moving up in the 4A ranks.

Due to injuries this week, Truckee will not be going to Winnemucca for the weekend tournament.

Truckee will face off against several teams Monday and Tuesday at ROP starting at 9 a.m.