Young Wolverine goes 4-0 in varsity wrestling tourney |

Young Wolverine goes 4-0 in varsity wrestling tourney

File PhotoRobert Raber, shown in the white shirt wrestling with teammate Cole Hodges in practice earlier this season, went undefeated in a varsity tournament in Yerington.

The Truckee High wrestling team traveled to Yerington to compete in the ROP Winter Games Tournament on Dec. 20. There were eight teams involved, with a team dual format. Truckee head coach Ron Curtis brought a few of his junior varsity wrestlers to test how they would do.

“I thought it would be a good experience for them,” Curtis said.

The test paid off for Robert Raber, a freshman wrestling in the 145-pound weight class. Raber went 4-0, with all four wins coming by way of pin. Not only did he pass Curtis’ test, Raber also was selected by all the coaches to receive the Most Outstanding Wrestler Ring (five wrestlers were awarded overall). Two-time state champion and 2005 graduate Buck Claesson was a recipient of the award last season.

“Robert just keeps improving each time he takes the mat,” Curtis said. “He has placed fourth and third in his first tournaments, and now going 4-0 in his first varsity contact is fantastic!”

Curtis said Raber’s best match of the day was against Dandre Mitchell of Sierra Ridge Rite of Passage. Raber made a few mistakes early in the match and fell behind 8 to 1 before scoring an escape and a takedown and then pinning his opponent in the final period.

Also going 4-0 was Cole Hodges, wrestling in the 140-pound class. Hodges had two matches in which he came from behind to pin his opponents, and like Raber, he won all his matches by pin.

“It was nice seeing Cole coming back from the Winnemucca Tournament, going one win and two losses, and bouncing back with a great effort in the Winter Games,” Curtis said. “Cole shows a big desire to improve in each match. He listens well and wants to learn as much as he can.”

Also competing in the tournament was freshman Ryan Pearce, wrestling in the 125- and 130-pound weight classes. Pearce went 1-3. Freshman Bobby Waters, wrestling in the same weight class as Pearce, helped his team beat Lovelock 18-16 by fighting off a pin. Nick Krasensky wrestled in the 152-pound weight class and went 3-1 with a pin.

The Wolverines also received good news on Tim Curtis’ injured knee, which is only bruised. He will be ready to wrestle in the next tournament, which is at Dayton High on Dec. 30. Wrestling will start at 9 a.m.

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