The Truckee High wrestling team competed in the Northern Nevada Zone Wrestling Tournament at the Winnemucca Convention Center last Saturday. The Wolverines qualified four team members to wrestle in the Nevada 3A State Wrestling Championship Tournament in Boulder City, Nev. this Saturday. Among those wrestlers were three freshmen, Ryan Cook, Robert Raber and Bob Waters, and one upper classman, Tim Curtis.
Wrestling at 103 pounds, freshman Ryan Cook pinned his first opponent, setting up a semi-final match against Fernley’s Zach Bench. The match for Cook was a rematch of a loss to Bench in the Dayton Tournament at the end of the holidays. This time Cook ended on top with an exciting match, winning 16-13. The win put him in the finals against Lowry’s Brett Snyder, whom “Cookie,” as Cook’s teammates call him, lost 1-9 to for a second-place finish. Cook’s performance makes him the No. 2 seed from the north entering state, where he will face the No. 3-seeded wrestler from the south.
Cook came out for wrestling in December and thus missed approximately the first three weeks of the season. But he really has caught on to the sport very well, said Truckee head coach Ron Curtis.
“Each week he impresses me with his progress,” Ron Curtis said. “Cookie comes in the practice room to improve on his previous weekend’s mistakes. It really shows when he goes out on the mat to compete in his next matches.
“I think his teammates, other parents, fans and myself included can’t help from liking the kid. He really is growing a good fan base as he progresses.”
Wrestling at 125 pounds, freshman Bobby Waters pinned his first opponent, Sparks’ Martin Carranza, in the first round. He lost his second match against the eventual champion in his weight class, Arturo Fraguso, of Incline Village. Waters pinned Lowry’s extra wrestler, Jake Manzo, in the second round. The win assured Waters a trip to the state championships before he lost to Spring Creek’s Justin Hayward 0-6 for a fourth-place finish.
Wrestling at 140 pounds, freshman Robert Raber lost in the first round to Lowry’s Trevor Grant. That set up a tough challenge of wrestling Yerington’s Wesley Taliaferro, whom Raber lost to the previous week. Raber proved he was up for the challenge by winning 12-5, assuring himself a trip to the state tournament. Raber had put together a good game plan before wrestling Taliaferro.
“He stayed with the plan pretty good,” Ron Curtis said. “We wanted to keep Taliaferro close (distance) when we were on our feet. The last time they wrestled Robert shot from too far away and Taliaferro used Robert’s motion against him. We wanted to eliminate that from happening, so our goal was to keep Robert up close to him when on his feet. He stayed the course and it worked well.”
Raber again lost to Lowry’s Grant 2-9 in his medal match, earning a fourth-place finish. The fourth-place finishers ” Bobby Waters and Robert Raber ” must wrestle against the No. 1 wrestler from the north in their first round of the state meet.
The lone upper classman earning a trip to the state championships was Tim Curtis, who wrestles at 152 pounds. Tim Curtis could not wrestle in the Divisional Duals because of health reasons. Missing the Divisional Duals would normally hurt most wrestlers’ seeding, but because of the opposing coaches knowing that Tim Curtis is a quality wrestler, he ending up being seeded second for the tournament.
In Tim Curtis’ first match he pinned Fernley’s extra wrestler, Tre Hanson, moving him to the semifinals and another rematch with Lowry’s Terence Henriod. The two had wrestled at Fernley’s tournament, with Tim Curtis winning the match in double overtime.
“We knew this was going to be a close match,” Tim’s father, Ron, said. “We discussed not letting Henriod getting out to an early lead, as he tends to stall pretty good and makes it tough for the opposition getting back into the match.”
The rematch didn’t start out according to plan. With Hanson ahead 5-2 nearing the end of the second period, Tim Curtis scored a last-second escape to bring the score to 3-5 at the end of the period. In the third period Tim Curtis wrestled more aggressively and near the end of the period scored a two-point reversal, tying up the match. The match again ended in a tie and the two wrestlers had to go into sudden death overtime.
Tim Curtis continued his aggressiveness, and it paid off in scoring a takedown to win the match 7-5. In the final match, Tim Curtis wrestled Spring Creek’s Tyrel Ferguson. He controlled the whole match, going ahead 9-2 before pinning his opponent to earn first place. His match in the state championship tournament will be against the No. 4 wrestler from the north.
Other wrestlers who did not earn an opportunity to wrestle in the state meet were Cole Hodges, Nick Krasensky, Steve Whitten and Ryan Pearce.
“I really thought we had a chance of taking seven or eight wrestlers down to the state meet,” Ron Curtis said. “It’s disappointing, but also exciting to see the freshmen going to the meet.”
The team will travel south to Boulder City Thursday afternoon. They will stop in Tonapah to practice, then head south again on Friday and practice the evening before the state meet. The tournament will be held on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
The varsity boys basketball team split two games over the weekend, losing 64-49 at Yerington Friday night and winning 79-59 at Fernley Saturday.
The Wolverines were down to only eight players against Yerington, missing Jason Chapman due to an injured shoulder as well as several other players for different reasons. Cory Hoehn led Truckee with 16 points.
Wolverines came back Saturday with more firepower, as they got back Chapman, the team’s leading scorer, and brought Dylan Secrist up from the junior varsity. Chapman led the team with 24 points, followed by Brandon Peterson with 12 points and Hoehn and Secrist with 10 each.
With three games remaining on the schedule, Truckee head coach Keith Crawford said the Wolverines need three wins to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. Two wins could get the team in, Crawford said, but not a guaranteed spot. He stressed the importance of fan support in the coming games ” against Sparks Feb. 8, Incline feb. 10 and Dayton Feb. 11.
The varsity girls basketball team won both its games over the weekend, 41-35 over Yerington Friday and 45-31 over Fernley on Saturday.
“The girls played really well,” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said. “They’re really playing together as a team. Different people are stepping up in different areas and helping offensively and defensively.”
Felicia Tenorio led the Wolverines in scoring with 14 points against Yerington. The senior shooting guard also contributed four rebounds and four steals. Erica Rice had 11 points, seven rebounds and nine steals; Kelly Stephens six points and five rebounds; Nicole Panziera five rebounds; and Lindsey Holt five rebounds.
Panziera led the team in scoring against Fernley the following night with nine points. Felicia Tenorio had eight points, five rebounds and four steals; Rice five points, six rebounds and six steals; Holt two points and eight rebounds; Stephens seven points and seven steals; Breanne Busby six points; and Corina Mincey five points and two steals.
The junior varsity girls basketball team defeated arch rival North Tahoe 35-20 last Wednesday. After a close and hard-fought first half, the Wolverines came out strong in the third quarter to outscore the Lakers 16-5. Eight Truckee players scored, with Meghan Kotko leading the way with 12 points. Annie Duner was the team’s spark, creating havoc with five steals and hard-nose defense. Logan White dominated the boards with eight rebounds.
Truckee defeated a determined Yerington squad 50-27 Jan. 27. Tied at the half, the Wolverines came out sizzling in the third quarter to outscore their opponent 26-5. The Wolverines were led by Meghan Kotko’s 14 points. Kelsey Shalvis contributed 10 while Katy Murphy chipped in seven.
The JV team lost to Yerington 40-36 last Friday. The Wolverines shooting percentage that game ” which was around 11 percent ” was a major factor in the loss, Truckee head coach Geoff Stephens said.
“It was a tough night at the office,” Stephens said. Shalvis led Truckee in scoring with 15 points.
The Wolverines bounced back on Saturday to beat a tough Fernley team 39-36 in overtime. With about a minute and a half to go in the overtime period, Duner stole the ball and drove in for a layup to tie the score, Stephens said. Melanie Lashbrook then followed with a three-point field goal to take the lead. And that’s the way it ended. Kotko led Truckee with 10 points and Murphy scored eight.
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