Wrestling: Claesson ‘most outstanding’ at Rite of Passage Dual
Truckee wrestler Buck Claesson ran his winning streak to 20 in being named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Rite of Passage Dual meet, held Monday and Tuesday.
“Buck has been wrestling very well, very dominate since his only lost to Bryce Saddoris of Spring Creek in our first tournament of the year,” said Truckee head coach Ron Curtis. “He has beaten some tough wrestlers, but he will still have some stiff competition in January.”
Claesson went 6-0 at ROP and owns a 20-1 overall record. He has yet to lose in the 130-pound weight class, in which he hopes to win a 3A state championship. Claesson’s loss to Saddoris came in 135s in his first match of the 2004 season.
Like Claesson, Truckee sophomore Clayton Acuff has only one defeat this season. His 6-0 record at ROP gives him a 14-1 mark.
“He is quietly compiling an impressive start for the season,” Curtis said, “but I still caution that he hasn’t been really tested yet. He has missed a couple of tough contacts. But at this moment he looks great.”
Senior Nathan Wrenn, who had previously wrestled in the 172-pound class, went 5-1 against 160s at ROP.
“He looked great,” Curtis said. “He made only one mistake that actually cost him in a lost. He’s anxious to continue on in that weight class.”
Sophomore Tim Curtis went 3-3 and has been wrestling with masked headgear, due to an eye injury. Coach Curtis said the headgear has hampered Curtis’ wrestling, and opponents have actually used it against him.
“It projects far out from his face where his opponents can use it as good leverage against him,” coach Curtis said. “He will gladly use the time off to hopefully heal.” Truckee will not wrestle again until Dec. 30 when the team travels to Dayton.
Truckee, which is undermanned this season, finally had an opportunity to win some team matches, going 3-3 in the ROP Dual. But Curtis admitted the recent schedule has worn down his team.
“Some of the kids had approximately 12 matches in five days, so we are kind of tired and beaten up,” he said. “We may have won one more duals if we were fresh.”
Wt. Truckee wrestler Dual W-L Season W-L
103 Clayton Acuff 6-0 14-1
130 Buck Claesson 6-0 20-1
130 Cole Hodges 4-2 10-7
140 Nick Krasensky 2-4 8-9—-
152 Tim Curtis 3-3 14-9
160 Nathan Wrenn 5-1 13-5
171 Steve Whitten 3-3 6-12————
-Truckee team results:
vs. Ridge View Academy Lost 57-19 ———–
vs. Rite of Passage Lost 51-24——
vs. Canyon State Academy Won 36-30
vs. Sierra Ridge Academy Won 42-24—–
vs. Silver Stage Won 36-12
vs. Yerington Lost 42-30