Five TTHS wrestlers going to state championships
February 7, 2002
Only a handful of Truckee’s wrestlers are going, but those who are have a legitimate shot at a state championship.
“We are taking five,” said Truckee Wolverine Head Wrestling Coach Mike Halket. “I would like to take a few more, but a lot of it determines where you end up in the bracket [in the Northern Zone Tournament].”
The results from last weekend’s NIAA 3A Northern Zone Tournament determined who moved on to this weekend’s State Championships in Spring Creek and whose season was over.
Of the five Wolverines that advanced, three are seeded #2 in their weight class.
Jesse Helsdon, the senior heavyweight, goes in as the Wolverines’ only #1 seed, while Marcus Waters secured a #5 seed with a surprisingly dominant win in his final match last weekend.
Only the top five from the northern zone move on to the state tourney.
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“Marcus had to beat a kid that had [previously] beaten him convincingly,” Halket said, referring to Lowry’s Chad George.
“But Marcus went out and kicked his butt. He is able to step up and wrestle to the best of his ability when he has to. [Marcus] really surprised me,” Halket said.
Buck Claesson, at 103 lbs., Brad Sausser, at 160 lbs., and Ian Wrenn, at 150 lbs., are all seeded second.
Sausser and Wrenn will likely have to defeat longtime rivals in order to win a state championship, a prediction Coach Ron Curtis made last week before the Northern Zone tournament.
For Wrenn, it’s Yerington’s Daniel Lemos. Lemos beat Wrenn two weeks ago, and again last weekend.
“For Brad [Sausser] to win states, he is going to have to beat the kid from Lowry,” Curtis said prophetically last week.
And despite another 12-3 loss to Lowry’s Russell Krall last weekend, Halket felt Sausser showed improvement over previous duels with his rival Krall.
“Brad did wrestle a better match. All of those points [by Krall] were on his feet, takedowns. Now we need to work on not letting [Krall] score from his feet,” Halket said before offering a few other predictions for this weekend.
“Buck in finals … and Brad in the finals against the Lowry kid for the third week in a row,” he said. “And Jesse is undefeated against 3A wrestlers, so we’ll see…”