Young Truckee wrestlers gain more experience with meet in Reno
A largely inexperienced Truckee wrestling team picked up some additional mat time on Saturday, Dec. 9, competing against 11 other schools at the McQueen Junior Varsity Tournament.
The Wolverines sent most of the team to compete in the tournament in order to gain more experience before hitting varsity matches later in the year, and for the second week in a row saw promising results from a number of athletes. The tournament marked the Wolverines second time competing this season.
Freshman Micah Ivens went 2-2 and put together one of Truckee’s strongest performances of the meet. Ivens defeated Damonte Ranch junior Bretton Smith by fall to open the 145-pound tournament at McQueen. He’d then be knocked into the consolation bracket after suffering a 15-11 decision loss to Spanish Springs sophomore Shayne Her Twig in the following match.
Ivens bounced back with another win by fall over Damonte Ranch’s Smith, but was then defeated via fall by Churchill County junior Drew Kramer in the third-place match.
Junior Miranda Parkhurst picked up a win by fall on the day at 195 pounds and finished the tournament in third place. Sophomore heavyweight Kevin Castellanos went 1-2 on the day, and was forced to settle for fourth place after being defeated in a third-place matchup with Pyramid Lake’s Matt Ruiz.
At 126 pounds, junior Evan Fiddyment topped freshman teammate Ayden Luther to claim third place at the weight class.
Junior Kevin Contreras, and senior Thomas Daly also each went 2-2 for Truckee.
The Wolverines were then scheduled to host a meet against Sparks and South Tahoe on Wednesday, Dec. 13, but according to Head Coach Jim Bennett, both the Vikings and Railroaders pulled out of the competition.
“I am pretty upset at the fact that we will miss an opportunity to compete in front of our home crowd and our friends and family,” said Bennett in an email.
Truckee was able to reschedule last minute and will now head to Yerington on Wednesday to compete in a six-team dual. The dual will be the Wolverines first taste of team wrestling so far this season.
Staff writer Justin Scacco can be reached at 530-550-2643 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org