Wolverine wrestlers compete in state meet
After the Northern 3A zone tournament on Feb. 4, the Truckee wrestling team was disappointed about losing Cole Hodges, Steve Whitten and Nick Krasensky, who did not qualifying for the state tournament last Friday.
The week of the tournament was also devastating for the Wolverines as they lost their lone upper classman and team captain, Tim Curtis. By means of making bad choices on campus, Curtis disqualified himself from competing in the state championship tournament, his father and head wrestling coach Ron Curtis said.
“This was devastating to the team because he had set the table to be a state champion at his weight class. He had beaten everyone in the state for the 3A 152-pound class,” Ron Curtis said. “It was a big blow! I hope that others (teammates, etc.) will learn from his mistakes so that they can avoid the same consequences.”
Those who did compete in state were first year freshmen Ryan Cook, Bobby Waters and Robert Raber.
Waters and Raber both had to wrestle in the first round against No. 1-seeded wrestler from the North. Already knowing that this was going to be a difficult task, the results were as expected: Both wrestlers lost. This dropped them down to the consolation bracket.
In the consolation bracket, Waters, wrestling at 125 pounds, took on Carson Grover of Boulder City High School. Grover was a No. 2 seed from the South. Waters lost by pin in the third period. The loss eliminated Waters from the tournament.
Also wrestling in the consolation bracket was Raber, wrestling in the 140-pound weight class. Raber wrestled Zach Wach of Faith Lutheran High School. Wach was a No. 2 seed from the South. Raber wrestled well only to lose 6-12. The lost dropped Robert from the tournament.
Ryan Cook was in the best position of all the freshmen. Cook, who weighs 103 pounds, was a No. 2 seed from the North. Cook’s first match was against Boulder City’s Henry Schulz.
The match had a lot of scoring in it and ended with Cook winning 17-9. The win set up a match against the No. 1-seeded wrestler from the South, Elias Armendariz of Pahrump High School, the eventual champ at that weight class. After losing to Armendariz, Cook wrestled Sean Raynor of Lowry High School in his third match. Cook lost 2-15.
But Cook scored the lone points for the Wolverines.
Even though Truckee did not have any podium finishers, the outlook for the future looks bright, Ron Curtis said.
“We are young and we are only losing one wrestler to graduation,” he said. “Also, our junior high team will be sending up some new wrestlers, too.”
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