Truckee wrestling team to send 7 to state final
For the Truckee High School wrestling team, the highest seed any wrestler will take into this weekend’s state championship tournament is third – those are seniors Shane Wright and Marcus Waters and freshman Tim Curtis.
Wright, Waters and Curtis only posted one loss in last weekend’s Northern 3A Zone tournament in Fernley to earn a No. 3 seed in their respective weight classes.
Depending on how an individual places in zones, that is the ranking they will take to Virgin Valley High School – the site of this year’s state championships. To earn a berth in state, a wrestler must finish at least fifth in zones. The sixth place winners are alternates, in case of injuries or sickness.
Truckee wrestlers headed to the state championships are: Wright, Waters, Curtis, Clayton Acuff, Amy Watkins, Buck Claesson and Scott Rice.
Waters had a tough first round match against Greg Secrist of Spring Creek, losing 13-9, but he rebounded to win his final two matches against Arthur Pina of Rite of Passage and Tim Skroch of Yerington.
In his first match, Wright pinned Tim Torres of Dayton. That set up a grudge match against Kris Torrise of Spring Creek. Wright lost to Torrise, 12-7, but he pinned his next opponent, Jonathon Rose of ROP. Wright won his last match, 4-3, to Lowry’s Shane Havens.
In the divisional duals, Wright had to wear a mask to protect his broken nose, an injury from the previous week. Wright decided to not wear the face mask in zones because he felt it hampered his performance. But Wright, who has had more than his share of injuries this year, brought another painful injury into zones: hurt ribs. Each time Wright came down on the mat, his ribs would give him trouble. This occurred a couple of times during the tournament, but Wright once again wrestled through intense pain for third place in the 171-pound class.
Curtis, who has two older brothers that are past state champions, has been improving the last three weeks. He lost his first match in Fernley to eventual champion Bryce Sadorris of Spring Creek.
“Bryce is just a stud,” said Truckee assistant coach Ron Curtis. “Tim was able to hang with him for a period and a half, but he got pinned in the second period.”
Curtis’s second match was against Fernley’s Dustin Manguin, who he beat 6-2. His third match was against Yerington’s Brandon Soukup, who Curtis had lost to on four occasions earlier in the year; one by pin and three decisions, 9-1, 3-0 and 8-4. This time Curtis finally caught up to Soukup and won 6-4, propelling him to a third place finish in the 130-pound class.
With a little luck, a few Truckee wrestlers earned a spot in the state tournament.
In the 103-pound class, Acuff, a freshman, was injured in his first match and could not continue for the day. Luckily for Acuff, there were only five wrestlers in his weight class, so he was able to slide into the state championship. The same was true for Watkins, a junior, in the 112-pound class. She had two losses, but only five competed in her weight class.
Claesson continues to falter, going 11-10 since he started the season 18-0. Claesson saw a familiar face in his first match – John Abel of Rite of Passage, last year’s runner up in the state championships in the 119-pound class. Claesson lost his third match in a row to Abel, 14-7.
Claesson’s second match was against Trinity Danlow of Lowry, who Claesson had pinned earlier this year. But this time around Claesson lost 21-10, finishing fourth in zones in the 125-pound class. Claesson was the 2003 state champion in the 112-pound class.
Rice, a junior, was pinned in his first match to the eventual champion Steven Gutierrez of Yerington. Rice pinned Tim Dufour of Fernley, but he lost to Tadd Ferguson of Spring Creek to finish zones 1-2 for a No. 4 seed in the 140-pound class.
In all, Truckee will send seven wrestlers to Virgin Valley on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomores Jesse Jones, Tyler Mangillo and Chris Hobart were not as fortunate, losing all their matches and finishing sixth in zones.
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.