Douglas shows why it leads Sierra League
The Douglas High wrestling team came into Wednesday’s Sierra Division dual against South Tahoe with an undefeated record and dreams of winning a Northern 4A championship.
The Tigers made believers out of the Vikings after pinning six opponents en route to a 68-3 victory at South Tahoe High School. It was South Tahoe’s worst dual loss of the season and its second straight division loss since starting 2-0.
“We gave up four weight classes so I knew going in it was going to be tough,” said first-year STHS coach Ryan Wallace. “We had to move around a lot of guys and that’s a hard thing to do against a tough team.”
Douglas ran its division record to 4-0 and took advantage of the holes in the Vikings’ lineup. Lee Williams (135 pounds) and Paul Hubbell (125 pounds) both didn’t make weight, while Martin Taylor didn’t wrestle and might miss the rest of the season because of personal reasons.
The Vikings also had to forfeit both the 215-pound and heavyweight classes. Still, Douglas coach Lamont McCann didn’t take South Tahoe lightly.
“You never go in thinking it’s going to be easy,” said McCann, who said the Tigers last won zone in 2003. “No matter who we are wrestling, whether it’s Carson or whoever, we come out hard. I think we’ll be peaking in a couple of weeks when we can get our weight classes organized.”
That was something South Tahoe wasn’t able to do on Wednesday, but it managed to battle in a few matches.
At 152 pounds, the Vikings’ Elliot Pekar and Ryan Pruitt had a tight match, but Pruitt pulled out a 3-0 victory. At 130 pounds, South Tahoe’s Ismael Mora lost to Pat Thieler 13-7 in another close match.
“I think our guys wrestled hard,” coach Wallace said. “But they just have some tough wrestlers where we have tough wrestlers. And their tough wrestlers beat ours.”
The Tigers will compete in the Sierra Nevada Classic next week before returning home for the annual Carson Valley Classic.