Grizzlies settle for 4th as hosts
Lassen High school wrestling coach Rudy Valentine said this could be a break out for his program. "This is the best team I've ever had, period," Valentine said. "We've got some real good wrestlers coming back from last year and some real talented freshmen who are going to have good careers here at Lassen."
The Grizzlies finished fourth as hosts of the Lassen Rotary Tournament last weekend, losing only to Hughson, Corning and Fernley - which finished first through third respectively.
Warren Jones at 112 pounds and Tyler SIngh at 119 went 9-0 in the tournament and finished atop their weight class.
At 103 pounds, Justen Roberts went 6-2 and took third, as did Seth Anderson (5-0) at 130 pounds. Phillip Bush went 6-3 and placed fourth at 215 pounds.
Other Lassen wrestlers who competed in the tournament include Marty Perez and Nick Lipton at 125 pounds, Chris Heckenliable at 103, Travis Jones at 135, Kory Walesch at 140, Mike Duffy and Everett Hill at 145, Mike Mesa at 152, Jake Haertling and Drew Kelly at 160, Riley Urionaguena at 171, Brett Cox at 189 and Robert Clark at heavyweight.
The season started at the Chester Invitational on Nov. 30. Lassen placed third with Warren Jones and Singh winning taking first. Singh was named the outstanding lightweight.
At the Modoc Tournament, some Lassen's freshmen earned the nickname "The Young Guns." Roberts and Anderson took third, and Cox was fourth. Sophomores Warren Jones and Singh again placed first and Heckenliable finished fifth.
Singh won the tournament's premiere match, beating a defending Nevada state champion 3-2 with a takedown in the final seconds.
In a dual against Fernley last Wednesday, the Grizzlies used four pins and three forfeits to win 45-27. Lassen then squared off against Lovelock, Nev. 41-39, courtesy of six pins and a technical fall.
"We're going to surprise some people this year," Valentine said. "This is the first time we'll be fielding a full team and the kids should only get better as the season progresses.
"The youth programs in the area have really benefited us. We're getting freshmen in here with tournament experience and have done well before coming here. Working with the college wrestlers also taught the kids a lot. They learn a lot those guys."
Lassen travels to Quincy High School for a dual meet on Wednesday, Dec. 19, and select wrestlers head to the Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 27-29.
The Grizzlies host two Westside League duals this season - Oroville on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Las Plumas on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The WSL Championships will be held at Lassen College Friday, Feb. 8.