Truckee wrestling starts season short-handed
On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Truckee Wolverines opened up the 2004 season at South Lake Tahoe.
Truckee brought only eight competitors to the meet.
“We knew we would not have enough kids for the meet to put together a serious dual against them,” said Truckee wrestling coach Ron Curtis. “But I wanted to have at least one match to prepare for (this Saturday’s dual at Yerington). This helps our kids to get rid of the first match jitters before we go into the first tournament of the year.”
Due to the football team going deep into the playoffs and winning the 3A state championship, some Truckee wrestlers had not compiled enough practice hours.
“I had one out sick and others that have not passed the hydration portion of the weight assessment program,” Curtis said.
For the wrestlers that did compete, Curtis’ overall assessment was that the team is not yet fully conditioned, but there were some positive showings.
In the 103-pound class, Truckee’s Clayton Acuff pinned South Lake’s D.J. Slatter. Acuff jumped out to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first period; the second period ended at 11-7, and in the third Acuff pinned his man.
In the 112-pound class, Truckee’s Amy Watkins was pinned by South Lake’s Mike Crouse. In the 130-pound class, Cole Hodges pinned Reno High’s Eliot Canak, but he was later was defeated in a match against South Lake’s Derek Simon.
In the 135-pound class, Truckee’s Buck Claesson pinned South Lake’s Jake Fonken in an exhibition match. Truckee’s Nick Krasensky pinned Reno’s Dave Werner in a 145-pound match, but Krasensky sustained a cheek injury and did not compete the rest of the day.
In the 160-pound class, Tim Curtis won 17-3 in an exhibition against South Lake’s Anthony Barton. Nathan Wrenn (171) pinned South Lake’s Nate Sweeney, while Steve Whitten lost 11-1 in the same weight class to South Lake’s Miles Wallace.
“I was especially impressed with the efforts of Clayton Acuff, Cole Hodges and Nick Krasensky,” Curtis said. “Clayton has had some years of wrestling, and his experience showed out there. But Cole and Nick are relatively new to the sport, and they both did a great job.”
According to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the South Tahoe Vikings officially won the match over Truckee, 75-6, mainly because Truckee had to forfeit most of its matches.
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