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Youth wrestlers go for the gold

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

Two Truckee wrestlers struck it big down in Reno last weekend, coming away with gold medals in the USA/Nevada State Championship wrestling tournament. Four wrestlers with the Sierra Wrestling Association qualified for the championship, facing some of the best young wrestlers in the country.

Twelve-year old Tim Curtis and 14-year old Buck Claesson dominated their fields, coming away with the state title in their weight classes. Curtis finished off his opponents in the semifinals and the final with two adroit pins for the win. Claesson also pinned his opponent in the semis, taking him to the final match where he won 9-2 to clench the gold.

Also qualifying for the competition were Wolverine wrestler Jessie Helsdon and 11-year old Clayton Acoff, who both displayed skillful moves throughout the championship. Helsdon finished third amidst strong opposition by nationally ranked competitors.

Clayton also fared well in his first year wrestling, gaining valuable experience and proving to be a considerable asset for the Truckee group.

All four wrestlers practice at TTHS on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with local wrestlers of all ages, and Coach Ron Curtis encourages anyone interested in learning or practicing to come out and have some fun.


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