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Truckee wrestling: Illness strikes at bad time for Wolverines

Like Truckee coach Danny Curtis said, “It was just the wrong time to get sick.”

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, several of their top wrestlers were too sick to compete in the Northern 3A Divisional Duals at Dayton this past weekend, including senior co-captain Bobby Waters, Truckee’s No. 1 wrestler, and freshman up-and-comer Carlos Ramirez.

Junior Scott Koper also was pulled during one of his matches because of a shoulder injury.

“It was a bad weekend for the team,” Curtis said.

The shorthanded Truckee squad managed to beat Sparks and Dayton, but, without a full team, lost close duals to Yerington and Fernley and also came up short against Lowry and Spring Creek.

Nevertheless, two Truckee standouts emerged ” co-captain Ricky Cooper and freshman Steven Baker, each of whom went 5-1 and took second in their respective division. Both lost against Lowry, the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll’s second-ranked team overall in Northern Nevada.

Cooper nearly pinned his Lowry opponent before time ran out in the match. The two of them will likely meet again this weekend at the Northern 3A Zone Tournament at Yerington, which serves as the State Qualifier.

“Cooper showed that he deserves to be the best in the North, and will have a chance at proving it this weekend,” Curtis said. “He needs just three more wins to put himself in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.”

Baker showed dominance throughout the weekend as he kept the lead in every match but one.

“Wrestlers seem to be giving a lot of respect to Baker as his opponents are on the defensive mode,” Curtis said. “Baker has been wrestling tough competition all year and keeping all his matches close. He has a great chance in making it to the finals this weekend at the State Qualifier.”

The Northern 3A Zone Tournament at Yerington is scheduled for Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Truckee wrestlers to watch are Bobby Waters (152 pounds), Ricky Cooper (112), Steven Baker (103), Carlos Ramirez (160) and Kyle Mullen (130). State is scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Winnemucca Convention Center.

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