To their disadvantage, Truckee wrestlers follow new regulations
Because of confusion at Yerington High School regarding the new weight management program, a few Truckee wrestlers competed in higher-than-typical weight classes in a tournament held Dec. 4.
Truckee’s Buck Claesson, Tim Curtis, Nathan Wrenn, and Steve Whitten wrestled in larger weight classes (above) all because the Wolverines abided by this season’s new rules. A strict weight control program has been established to prevent wrestlers from excessive weight loss, but a glitch in the Yerington computer system did not allow tournament officials to properly test all the athletes.
The Truckee wrestler that suffered the most from the weight program confusion was Claesson. He will be wrestling in the 130-pound class this year, but because of this year’s new rules (a hydration and body fat test determine a minimum amount each wrestler can lose), he was supposed to wrestle the first two weeks at 135.
Consequently, Claesson had to wrestle Bryce Saddoris, from Spring Creek, who is ranked 17th in the nation in the 135-pound class. Claesson was pinned by Saddoris for his only loss of the day.
“I wrestled him my sophomore year and had a better match against him, but I wasn’t prepared,” said Claesson, who was a state champion his sophomore year. “He came out strong; he’s a strong kid.”
In the 160-pound class, Curtis lost a close match against Spring Creek’s Kamas Lewis. The 7-6 loss was Curtis’ lone defeat; Curtis and Claesson led Truckee with two wins each.
Wrenn narrowly missed winning two matches as well, but Wrenn suffered a come-from-behind loss to South Lake Tahoe’s Miles Wallace in the 171-pound class. Wrenn was winning 7-3 with less than one minute left in the last period when Wallace lifted Wrenn from his feet straight to the mat. The five-point move put Wallace ahead as he went on to win 8-7.
“The team left several wrestlers at home due to sickness and injuries,” said Truckee head coach Ron Curtis. “Overall, we are starting to get ourselves into shape.”
Truckee travels to Fernley Wednesday, Dec. 8, for a dual meet against the Fernley and Dayton squads. Truckee will compete in a team dual tournament at Reed High School on Saturday, Dec. 10.