Singh, Jones place at Sierra Nevada Classic
Two Lassen High School wrestlers closed out 2001 by placing at the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno Thursday, Saturday, Dec. 27-29. Warren Jones took fifth at 112 pounds and Tyler Singh finished eighth at 119 pounds against a field that included 90 schools at the Livestock Events Center.
Both wrestlers were undefeated entering the tournament. Singh is ranked third in the Northern Section at 119 and Jones is fourth at 112.
Justen Roberts (103 pounds), Seth Anderson (130), Travis Jones (135) and Mike Mesa (152) competed at the tournament but failed to place.
"The Sierra Nevada Classic is easily the toughest tournament we wrestle in. The competition is tough and the kids have to be on their game in order to place," Lassen coach Rudy Valentine said.
At the Carson City High School Junior Varsity Tournament Saturday, Jan. 4, three wrestlers came home with gold medals.
Marty Perez (125 pounds), Brett Cox (215) and Anderson placed first. Drew Kelley (160) and Robert Clark (heavyweight) finished second. Roberts took third at 103 pounds.
"Marty is really improving and Seth has been wrestling real well lately," Valentine said. "And Brett's confidence is getting better. These guys are going to figure greatly in how well we do this year."
The Grizzlies host Oroville Wednesday, Jan. 9 to start their Westside League campaign. Lassen's only other league dual meet at home is on Wednesday, Jan. 16 against Las Plumas.
Orland is ranked No. 1 in the Northern Section and is expected to win the league title. Corning also may have a shot at the crown.
"Orland is going to be tough and Corning has got good wrestlers also," Valentine said. "It's hard to say how we will shape up. We're talented, and if we stay healthy, we're going to surprise some people."
Valentine is having a host of his wrestlers dropping weights to make the Grizzlies stronger for the rest of the season.
"We might have more holes in our lineup than I thought at the beginning of the season. Warren and Tyler are moving down a weight and Travis Jones, once he comes back from a broken leg, is dropping too. That should make us more competitive," Valentine said.
"With Tyler and Warren moving down, that should give them a good chance at making state."
Despite the unexpected moves on the team, Valentine said he still feels he has his best team he has ever had.
"The kids are young, but capable of big things. We've got solid wrestlers at every weight. It's just a matter of getting them ready and working hard at practice to be prepared for the end of the season. The freshmen are soon going to see what it takes to wrestle at this level," he said.
Lassen College will be the site of the WSL Championships on Friday, Feb. 8. The Grizzlies travel to the Anderson Tournament Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12. It will be the varsity team's final tournament.