Wright suffers another bout with asthma
January 22, 2004
The Truckee High School wrestling team finished ninth out of 15 schools in a tournament at Tonopah, Nev., on Friday and Saturday.
In Wednesday’s non-league dual at Incline against Incline and Silver Stage, Truckee won over Incline by three points to earn the team win.
Shane Wright, wrestling in the 171-pound weight class, went 4-2 to place fifth. But Wright, who has a severe case of exercise-induced asthma, experienced another scary moment this weekend.
Wrestling in a tough consolation semifinal match against Jonathan Mikkelsen of Virgin Valley, Wright was losing 11-2 in the last period when an asthma attack forced him to forfeit the rest of the match, the fourth asthma-related loss of Wright’s high school career. Wright, against the wishes of some of those around him, insisted on wrestling in his last match for fifth and sixth place and earned a courageous 8-7 victory for his fifth-place medal.
“It was his choice,” said assistant coach Ron Curtis. “We wanted him to sit out the last match, but he refused.”
Fortunately, Wright came back in good health and won both of his matches in the Incline dual.
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Buck Claesson, wrestling in the 125-pound weight class, continues to struggle after going undefeated his first 18 matches of the season. He was seeded No. 2 in the Tonopah tournament.
Claesson, a 2003 state champion, cruised through the first two rounds, but was beaten in the semifinals. Claesson was dominating his match against Stewart Carboni of Virgin Valley, but, ahead 12-3, Claesson was caught in a hold that he could not break away from and was pinned. Claesson battled back in the consolation bracket, destroying his next two opponents to place third in the tournament.
“It’s frustrating to watch such a good wrestler, dominating many of his opponents, and then getting caught in a move he can’t get out of,” Curtis said.
Claesson’s three losses prior to the Incline dual have been nearly identical. In all three, Claesson was in control, but he was caught in a pin move he could not escape from.
Against incline, Claesson was fighting sickness as well as his opponents. Against Arturo Fraguso, who Claesson has beat three times this year, Fraguso finally got his revenge. Fraguso managed a two-point reversal late in the third round to hold off Claesson by three points.
Freshman Tim Curtis had a rough weekend in Tonopah. Wrestling in the 130-pound weight class, Curtis went 2-2 and was seeded No. 4. He lost 6-1 in his semifinal match. He was within striking range of being in the finals for first and second, but Curtis was inconsistent. He finished with a fourth-place medal.
Curtis lost to Arturo Fraguso’s older brother in Incline, but because Claesson was not pinned in his match, Truckee was able to win the team match over Incline.
Senior Marcus Waters moved down to the 145-pound weight class for the Tonopah tournament. He had been wrestling in the 152-pound weight class.
“We were looking to see if he had enough energy to wrestle at the lower weight class,” coach Curtis said.
Waters went 3-2 in the tournament and skated through the first two rounds relatively easy. In his semifinal match, he had to wrestle Drayton Woods, the 2002 state champion from Virgin Valley. Waters lost a close match, 5-0.
Waters went on to win his next two matches to make the consolation finals for third and fourth place. After losing another close match 2-0 to Stephen Novello of Dayton, Waters walked away with a fourth-place finish.
Truckee travels to a tournament in Fernley today and Saturday.
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