Truckee wrestlers learning to ‘battle and grind’
With more and more matches under their belts, the young Truckee wrestling team is beginning to round into form.
The Wolverines are coming off two dual meets last week, and some of their best performances of the year.
Truckee first took to the mats in Yerington on Tuesday, Dec. 12, for the Yerington Duals where Truckee saw solid performances in a 36-24 win over Hawthorne, and a 36-34 win over Hug. Yerington defeated Truckee 60-18 in the other matchup.
Truckee then went on to wrestle at Brett Fafard Memorial Duals at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 16.
“The kids really stepped (up) and wrestled tough on Saturday,” said Head Coach Jim Bennett in an email to the Sierra Sun. “I think the biggest takeaway from this weekend was that our kids learned how to battle and grind through all three rounds.”
Truckee went 2-3 against California schools at the meet.
Truckee senior Reed Belardi led the team with a 5-0 performance at 160 pounds. Fellow senior Andrew Parkhurst went 4-1 at heavyweight on the day with his only loss a 2-0 decision, in what Bennett called, “his best performance to date.”
Freshman James Atkinson went 3-2 at the meet with his two losses coming when he moved up to 113 pounds from 106 pounds in order to get extra mat time.
Junior Evan Fiddyment finished his day 1-2, freshman Ayden Luther went 2-2, and freshman Brandon Vasquez was 1-3. Freshman Micah Ivens went 2-2, and wrestled his best match of the year, according to Bennett.
First-year wrestler, junior Zach Haas picked up his first two wins of the season as well as a forfeit to go 3-2. Sophomore Mark Cadena also went 3-2, including an exciting 5-4 decision victory. Sophomore heavyweight Kevin Castellanos went 2-2 with a pair of pins.
On the girls’ side, freshman Dylan Ceja was 0-3 at 138 pounds, “but she keeps improving with every match,” Bennett said.
Truckee will next host The Mountain Man JV Classic tournament on Friday, Dec. 22, where the squad will take on Coral Academy of Science – Reno, Carson, Reno, Reed, Galena, North Valleys, Manogue, and McQueen.