Truckee wrestling: Wolverines hangin’ tough despite numerous injuries
A depleted squad of Wolverines took to the mat over the holidays for the Lowry Tournament on Dec. 19-20 and the ROP Winter Games dual tournament this past Tuesday.
Truckee limped into the ROP Winter Games with seven wrestlers missing due to injury, four of whom are starters. In the case of senior co-captain Robert Raber, who badly injured his knee near the end of football season, the Wolverines are competing without the state’s third-ranked wrestler.
“Going into the team dual tournament without a full team hurt us,” said Truckee coach Danny Curtis. “We gave up 24 points due to forfeits.”
As a result the Wolverines finished 1-3, defeating Pershing County (Lovelock) and losing to Fernley twice and Yerington once. But there were plenty of highlights, nevertheless.
In the absence of Raber, fellow senior co-captain Bobby Waters has stepped up since Day 1 to lead the Wolverines. Waters finished the ROP Winter Games with four wins by way of pin to improve to 21-1 on the season. For his efforts he was voted Outstanding Wrestler and awarded a golden ring. He’s currently ranked second in the state in his weight division.
Waters still would be undefeated if it weren’t for Josh Cate of Idaho’s Burns High School, who handed Truckee’s top wrestler his first loss of the season in the championship match of the Lowry Tournament.
After losing 44-30 to Fernley to open the tournament, the Wolverines bounced back to defeat Lovelock 48-34 thanks to the help of freshman Stein Retzlaff, who pinned his opponent in the first period. Freshman Steven Baker also pinned his opponent, and Carlos Ramirez and Waters followed up with wins.
Truckee then lost to Yerington 51-27, giving up many points to forfeit, then fell 42-33 to Fernley.
“With our full team we should beat them,” Waters said of Fernley.
At Lowry, a competitive tournament that included programs from Idaho and Oregon, Baker made the top-8 in his weight class, while junior Ricky Cooper ” ranked fifth ” wrestled his way through to the quarterfinals before losing 6-4 for his first loss of the season.
Kyle Mullen injured his chest in his first match of the day, and after pinning his second opponent in the first period, he re-injured his chest in his next match. He is expected to be out three weeks.
On the weekend, Retzlaff (7-5) went 4-0 with four pins; Cooper (16-2) went 4-0 with two pins; Baker (8-8) went 3-1 with two pins; Kai Goodpaster (4-9) went 2-2 and has 11 takedowns; Ramirez (11-7) went 1-3; and Dustin Gwerder (10-7) went 3-1. Also, Alex Engler is now 6-14 and Jack Hodges is 5-7.