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King of 130s: Truckee wrestler Claesson wins Lowry Invitational

Sierra Sun staff reports
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunTruckee senior Buck Claesson is 14-1 on the season after winning the 130-pound weight division at the Lowry Invitational.
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Truckee senior wrestler Buck Claesson took first place in the 130-pound weight class ” a division that featured four former state champions, including himself ” at the Lowry Invitational over the weekend.

“This was by far the toughest weight class of the tournament,” said Truckee head coach Ron Curtis.

Even though Claesson entered the tournament with a 10-1 season record, he received a No. 6 seed in the demanding weight class. In the bracket were the defending 2A state champion (Mike Romero of White Pine), the defending 3A state champion (Dan Stenovich of Spring Creek) and defending 4A state champion Joel Rivadenyra of Galena. All three wrestlers defeated Claesson last season, but he was able to get his revenge on two of them in the same weekend.

“That was a big deal for him to take first at Winnemucca and to beat the kids he did,” Curtis said. “He needs to do it a few more times this year because he will see some of those same kids again in at least three more tournaments.”

Claesson defeated Stenovich 19-8 for the tournament championship, running his season record to 14-1. According to Curtis, Claesson dominated Stenovich from the start, registering the first takedown by lifting Stenovich off the mat and on to his back. So far, Curtis is impressed with Claesson’s motivation to claim a state championship like he did his sophomore year.

“The big difference that I see in Buck this year is his maturity,” Curtis said. “He really has matured into a great leader. He is wrestling with a lot of confidence and practices hard. This gives him the confidence to push forward.”

Claesson’s second match was against the No. 3 seed, Kyle Dennis of Nampa, Idaho. Claesson narrowly defeated Dennis, 13-11. In his third match, Claesson avenged two losses to Rivadenyra a season ago with a 15-14 win. Claesson and Rivadenyra have been rivals since they competed in junior wrestling programs, Curtis said.

Truckee sophomore Tim Curtis, who entered the tournament seeded No. 8, took third place in the 152-pound class, winning five out of six matches.

Curtis won his first match against Ben Gunter of Battle Mountain by pinfall. In his second match, Curtis ran into the 152’s No. 1 seed, undefeated Tommy Diaz of Fallon.

“Tim was keeping the match close until he got pinned in the second period,” said coach Curtis.

Curtis’ next two matches were close ones ” wins over Wells’ Sam Boies (8-5) and Burns’ Jordan Toney (2-1). Toney’s record entering the tournament was 7-2. Curtis’ next match was against Zach Fitzgerald of Spring Creek, a 10-6 victory. In the third-place match, Curtis edged Nampa’s Tyler Cook, 1-0.

“It was too close for comfort,” said coach Curtis.

Truckee sophomores Cole Hodges and Nick Krasensky both turned in good performances for first-year wrestlers. Hodges went 2-2 and Krasensky went 1-2.

“For such a large and tough tournament, both of them getting wins was a great accomplishment,” Curtis said.

Forty-six teams from Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada were entered in the tournament. Truckee wrestles at Rite of Passage today, Dec. 20, and Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Wt. Truckee wrestler Dual W-L Place Season W-L

-130 Buck Claesson 4-0 1st 14-1

vs. Kyle Kessler of Battle Mountain W, pin

vs. Kyle Dennis of Nampa, Idaho W, 13-11

vs. Joel Rivadenyra of Galena W, 15-14

vs. Dan Stenovich of Spring Creek W, 19-8

-130 Cole Hodges 2-2 DNP 6-5

vs. Mike Romero of White Pine L, pin

vs. Kyle Kessler of Battle Mountain W, pin

vs. Stephens of Pershing County W, pin

vs. Jake Jackson of Kuna HS, Idaho L, pin

-140 Nick Krasensky 1-2 DNP 6-5—-

vs. Eric Kinney of Silver Stage HS L, pin

vs. Lozano of Owyhee W, pin

vs. Zach Gebhardt of Reno L, pin

-152 Tim Curtis 5-1 3rd 11-6–

vs. Ben Gunter of Battle Mountain W, pin

vs. Tommy Diaz of Fallon L, pin

vs. Sam Boies of Wells W, 8-5

vs. Jordan Toney of Burns HS, Oregon W, 2-1

vs. Zach Fitzgerald of Spring Creek W, 10-6

vs. Tyler Cook of Nampa HS, Idaho W, 1-0——-

-171 Steve Whitten 0-2 DNP 3-9

vs. Sean Molina of Douglas L, pin

vs. Tyler Collins of Spring Creek L, pin