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TTHS grapplers are young, but ready for challenges

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

For Truckee wrestling coach Bob Liebentritt, this is a whole new year.

Not just just for him -he moved to Truckee from Wyoming to take a teaching position at TTHS -but also for the team, which has already won five matches with no losses in a short time.

“This is not really a rebuilding year,” Liebentritt stressed. “It is a building year, but our goal is to make sure we keep our numbers up and see that the younger guys get more experience.”

State?

While a state championship might not be out of the question, Liebentritt prefers to think about internal affairs, specifically the recruiting of wrestlers in the student body.

“We’ve got a full team right now except in four weight classes: 125, 145, 215 and 275,” he said.

The current team has 15 wrestlers, something Liebentritt would like to improve.

“We still don’t have as many kids as we would like.”

Youth

Eleven of the 15 are either freshmen or sophomores.

But a lack of numbers and younger age of the team has been made up for in sheer determination and might.

Last week, the team traveled to Reno, where Truckee defeated Bishop-Manogue 54-12.

In a tournament over the weekend, the Wolverines beat four teams, losing to none: TTHS def. Dayton 54-18, TTHS def. ROP 60-24, TTHS def. Lovelock 58-18 and TTHS def. Tonopah 60-24.

This week promises more of the same, with Truckee traveling to take on Lovelock again today at 4 p.m.

So far, undefeated wrestlers for Truckee include: sophomore Brian Kendrick, senior James White, freshman Ian Wrenn, sophomore Sta’s Bolton, sophomore James Curtis, senior Neil Seelhoff, junior Ray Maroczkwski and senior Danny Curtis.

Seelhoff, Bolton, White, Kendrick, the Curtis’ and Justin Lawrence return from last year’s team.

Winning ways

“I think getting a few wins in the beginning makes a difference,” said Liebentritt, who has coached in Wyoming, Nebraska and Southern California, where his teams earned two CIF championships.

“They’re working hard, and have a good attitude. Also, the younger kids are really wrestling up a level.”

Within the league, Liebentritt said Incline, Spring Creek and Fernley look to be tough competitors. Key points in the season will be division matches in December and January.

“Our biggest concern right now is that we are a little inexperienced,” he said. “But we’re working really hard to overcome that.”

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