Gwerder earns silver in JV wrestling championship
Truckee wrestler Dustin Gwerder, a 119-pound freshman, placed second in the JV championship at McQueen High School this past weekend.While making it to the finals is a huge accomplishment for any freshman, winning is nothing new for Gwerder, who took third place at the middle school state championship last year. Gwerder has been wrestling all his life. He grew up practicing Swiss wrestling, as his father Urs is a Swiss wrestling champion.Wrestling runs in the family, said Dustin Gwerder, who uses a rare left-sided head and arm throw. I learned the skills from this move in Swiss wrestling.The move is effective, said Truckee JV coach Daniel Curtis, explaining that most wrestlers dont see it coming because they never seen it thrown from the opposite side. Ive been coaching Dustin for three years and he keeps getting better, Curtis said.Alex Engler, a 160-pound freshman, took fourth place in the JV Championships. Alex has been improving his skills from day one, Curtis said. He is always wrestling someone bigger than he is. This just toughens him up. Hes got a bright future ahead of him.Truckees Taylor Wulf-Morrison wrestled at the championships as well. Wulf-Morrison is a first-year wrestler who continues to improve, Curtis said. Top-ranked Ricky Cooper of Truckee couldnt wrestle in the tournament due to Injuries, his coach said. Scott Koper came one intense match away from placing at the championships, and Dillon Vance wrestled with injuries and did not place, Curtis said.
Five Truckee High wrestlers qualified at the Northern 3A regionals this past weekend to compete in the NIAA State Championship at Moapa Valley High School on Saturday. See Thursdays Sports andamp; Outdoors for more information about the wrestlers and their performance.