Claesson & Co. head to big tournament
Saturday was a big day for the Truckee High wrestling team, as each wrestlers post season chances depended on the results of the Northern 3A Zone Tournament, held in Sparks, Nv.When all was said and done, five Wolverines wrestlers placed fifth or better in their weight classes, and will compete in the 3A State Tournament in Winnemucca Feb. 11 and 12. Buck Claesson took first place in the 130-pound weight division by beating last years state champion, Daniel Stenovich, for the third time this year. Claesson extended his record to 41-1 and his win streak to 40 matches. He also was awarded with the Northern Nevada Officials Association Sportsmanship Award. Taking second place for Truckee in the 103-pound weight division was Clayton Acuff, who coach Ron Curtis said is peaking at the right time. I believe Clayton realizes that he can now beat everyone from the north in weight class, Curtis said. Tim Curtis placed third in the 152-pound weight division after losing to Zach Fitzgerald, of Spring Creek, in the semifinal match.Steve Whitten, at 171 pounds, finished fourth, and has impressed his coach of late.This is the best Ive seen (Whitten) wrestle in high school, and he is going to continue to improve, Curtis said. I like what I see. The mistakes are disappearing, and he is really putting together the pieces to win.Nathan Wrenn placed fifth in the 160-pound weight division, and lost to Spring Creeks Kamas Lewis, after beating him twice this year. This really hurts Wrenn, Curtis said, because it puts him in the fifth spot for the state tournament, against Lowry Highs Justin Grant, whom he has never beat.
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