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Oakland closes year at 113 killings

OAKLAND, Calif. — The number of homicides in Oakland in 2002 rose to 113 at the close of the year, a stunning 33 percent increase in killings from the previous year. The final two killings occurred at a pharmacy late Sunday night. Police are investigating the possibility that Dr. Eddie Tyrone Deweaver, who worked at the pharmacy, and Revlon Scoggins, a connived drug offender, shot each other. Also in the final week of the year, Oakland saw its youngest homicide victim of 2002, a 14-year-old boy who was killed when a man on the street shot several bullets through the door of an apartment during a party. A 24-year-old man also died from that shooting, which is still being investigated. The city has struggled to stem the rise in homicides, sending more beat officers into hot spots, dedicating two officers to monitoring people on probation or parole and offering rewards for tips on gun crimes. It also asked voters in November to approve a plan to put 100 additional officers on the street. Though they approved the plan, voters rejected a proposal to fund it. From 1986 to 1995, Oakland averaged 138 killings a year. The city had 85 homicides in 2001, its fourth-lowest total in 30 years. A message left for a spokesman for the police department was not returned Wednesday.

New Zealand quake toll rises to 113 dead

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) – Relatives of people still missing three days after an earthquake shattered the New Zealand city of Christchurch arrived Friday from several countries to join an anxious vigil for news that looked increasingly likely to be grim. The official death toll continued to climb, to 113, and officials said rescue teams had pulled nothing but bodies from the rubble of collapsed buildings for 48 hours. Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the government was preparing to give family members from several countries some bad news. An English language school was in one of the hardest-hit buildings, the CTV office block, and students from Japan, China, the Philippines and other nations are believed to be among those inside when it collapsed. Police say up to 120 bodies are still inside and that no one is expected to have survived. Many relatives of the missing arrived at Christchurch airport on Friday, including about 20 from Japan, who were quickly whisked onto a bus by embassy officials. In the arrivals hall, Danny Campos, 27, waited for his uncle’s flight from Australia. The family is original from Peru and Campos’ aunt, Elsa Torres, was a translator at the language school and is among the missing. We’re “hoping that she’s alive, but unfortunately, we just have to sit down and wait,” he said. Officials insisted that the massive effort involving more than 700 specialist teams from New Zealand and a host of other countries was a search and rescue operation, though they conceded it has turned more to the recovery of bodies. “We are still hopeful that there still may be people rescued but it’s getting less and less likely,” Civil Defense Minister John Carter told reporters. Work teams on Friday began gingerly picking through the piles of crumbled stone of the iconic Christchurch Cathedral, where the spire tower collapsed and where officials have said up to 22 bodies may lay entombed. The Christchurch City Council said workers started removing loose masonry from the site to allow recovery teams in to retrieve the bodies. Police superintendent David Cliff said Friday morning that the latest count of bodies at a special morgue set up to deal with the dead was 113. With 228 people listed as missing, the toll of fatalities was still expected to rise. Mayor Bob Parker said 70 people had been rescued. Parker said about half the city of 350,000 had water that might be contaminated and the other half had none, and urged all to take precautions. “It’s really important that if your water is coming through the tap or is still coming in a container that that water is boiled,” he said. Power supplies also were gradually being restored. Residents have been urged to stay near home to stay out of the way of recovery workers and avoid shaky buildings. At Keller Street in the suburb of Avonside, residents were pulling together to clean up after the earthquake pushed masses of sludge and water into yards and the street. Paul Stokes, 52, and his wife Yvonne, 51, and daughter Mikala, 15, had their house knocked off its foundations by the quake, though it was stable enough for them to stay inside. A wood stove provided warmth against a chilly drizzle outside. Stokes’ sister, Christine Lagan, dropped by Friday to take the family’s laundry back to her home outside Christchurch. The family is using a portable toilet set up outside. Residents continually checked on their neighbors, delivered meat pies, chocolate, and bottles of water. A couple who runs a corner store was giving away food. “We’re all looking after each other,” Yvonne Stokes said. “Once you find out you can depend on other people … you know that you are fine in your house and your home.”

Q-Tip: Hunting tag fees

If you are interested in hunting big game in the State of Nevada, later this year, you need to be aware of the cost of the various tags. Nevada hunting tags are for the following species: pronghorn antelope (buck and doe), mule deer (buck and antlerless), Rocky Mountain elk (bull and cow), California bighorn sheep (ram), desert bighorn sheep (ram), Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ram) and Rocky Mountain goat (either sex). Here are the 2003 costs for a resident hunter who applies by mail: — Pronghorn antelope (either sex): A total of $63 as follows: $50 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — Mule deer (buck and antlerless): A total of $38 as follows: $25 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — Rocky Mountain Elk (bull and cow): A total of $123 as follows: $100 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $15 for a non-refundable application fee, $5 for a non-refundable depredation fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — California bighorn sheep (ram): A total of $113 as follows: $100 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — Desert bighorn sheep (ram): A total of $113 as follows: $100 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ram): A total of $113 as follows: $100 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. — Rocky Mountain goat (either sex): A total of $113 as follows: $100 for the tag (only if you get drawn), $10 for a non-refundable application fee and $3 for a non-refundable predator control fee. Special Note: If you apply by use of the Internet for any of the above species, there will be an additional, non-refundable Internet charge of $2 for each application. For information, call the Nevada Division of Wildlife at 688-1500 during regular business hours.

CHS wrestlers set for Tournament of Champions

Wrestlers from 13 states, including 11 Nevada schools, will converge on the Reno Events Center for the prestigious Tournament of Champions this weekend. Action gets under way both Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. Carson, Fallon, Damonte Ranch, Reno, McQueen, Sprng Creek, Spanish Springs, Elko Wooster, Battle Mountain and Virgin Valley are entered. Carson is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Cody Louk Invitational, an impressive showing considering the team was without Brandon Basa, Jake Roman and Sheldon Miller. All three were taking the ACT, and Miller has also been injured but is expected to wrestle this weekend. The TOC is a meat grinder where only the strong survive. Getting to the second day of this tournament is a monumental task. On paper, Basa (113), Miller (heavyweight), Nathan Mersino (138) and Abel Carter (195) stand the best chance of advancing to Saturday. Basa, who's dropping down to 113, is off to a 6-0 start. Mersino, who's 9-1 so far, went 2-2 at last year's event. Miller is 2-1, and he hasn't wrestled since the season-opening tournament in Fallon. Carter, who has jumped up two weight classes from last year, is 8-1 "Abel is really coming on," first-year coach Keith Shaffer said. "A lot of his early matches he didn't have to go past the first round. The match against the Spanish Springs kid went into the third round and I wanted to see if he was ready, and he was." Carter lost that match by a couple of points, but don't even doubt his durability. He played both ways on the football field this year and dished out and absorbed a lot of contact. Basa said he will wrestle at 113s pretty much the rest of the year. "I'm going to do this tournament and the Sierra Nevada Classic at 113s," he said. "I'm about 118 now (Monday), but I won't have any trouble dropping down five pounds before the weekend." "We always planned on Brandon going 113s," Shaffer said. "We'll try to help him stay at 113." Miller went 1-2 last year, and no doubt would love to better that mark this weekend. His health will play a big role in determining that. Roman has carved out a 6-1 record. "He is so strong," Shaffer said. "He's such a hard worker." Kyle Rudy is 9-2 at 132 and Jesse Case is 11-3 at 170. Also wrestling well thus far is 220-pounder John Rowe (9-2). Here's the rest of the Carson lineup: 106: Eli Thomas 3-4 120: Johnny Lopez 3-3, 6th last week's event. 126: Garrett Tibma, 3-7 145: Zach Bumby 152: Seth Reichelt 4-5 160: Jarod Butler 8-6 182: Kellen McDermott 6-4. • Carson's next tournament is the annual Sierra Nevada Classic Dec. 28-29 at the Reno Livestock Event Center.

Wilma Counts: Priorities for the 113th Congress

A pox on both houses — and a pox on both parties, too! I am sure I speak for thousands — no, millions — of Americans who are fervently hoping for (but skeptical of seeing) better results from this new Congress than we saw from their predecessors. But how could we not? The 112th Congress, worse than Truman’s famous “Do Nothing” Congress, passed fewer substantive bills than any other in the last century.Members of Congress — indeed, politicians in general — are fond of telling us what “the American people” (that amorphous entity) want. However, if current polls of public approval of Congress are any indication, they are dead wrong. Isn’t it time for real compromise? Compromise with a capital C?Why can’t we have a tax system that has people who reap the most from government and financial institutions paying a share of the costs commensurate with their harvest of the goodies?Why can’t we raise the age for Social Security benefits? When Social Security was established, the upper level of longevity for Americans was 65. Today, it is a decade higher. Why not raise the minimum age by a couple of years?Why can’t we get rid of fraud and waste in Medicare? Anecdotal evidence alone (everyone knows someone!) shows millions of dollars could be saved with closer monitoring. Yes, monitoring costs money, but probably not nearly what the system is overpaying now. For instance, how about your neighbor for whom you (as taxpayer) have paid years and years of “rent” on an oxygen machine that could have been purchased for a fraction of the cost?And, finally, immigration. Why can’t we welcome new citizens, but keep a closer watch on who is and is not entitled to health benefits, welfare and education in this country? Why is an “undocumented alien” (illegal) entitled to free medical care for himself (and his illegal family members!) and continuing SSI years after he fell from a ladder (working as an illegal) — and recovered long since? Why are persons given asylum for religious persecution in their native countries (Russia, for instance) entitled to bring in aged family members, get them on Social Security, receive a continuing stipend themselves for years and years, and have us pay for their children’s college education?Few people object to offering a helping hand, but most of us deeply resent freeloaders, regardless of which end of the economic spectrum we may find them.• For 25 years, Wilma Counts taught English and International Relations in Germany for the U.S. Department of Defense. She lives in Dayton and is an adjunct instructor at Western Nevada College.

Examiner ends 113 years as a Hearst-owned newspaper

SAN FRANCISCO – The new San Francisco Examiner missed its first deadline Wednesday. The Examiner, which ended a 113-year run as a Hearst Corp.-owned afternoon newspaper a day earlier, is now owned by publisher Ted Fang, who hired a new staff and switched the paper to morning publication. He hoped to offer at least 100,000 copies, but only half that number left the presses in a limited home delivery Wednesday. Examiner vending boxes stood empty on downtown sidewalks for seven hours. The paper’s Web site also was blank, with no fix expected for days. ”There have been problems with just about everything, but all those problems have been solved and we plan to be out on the streets bright and early tomorrow morning,” Fang said. Several blocks away, former Examiner employees worked side by side with workers for the San Francisco Chronicle after more than a century of intense rivalry, the last 35 years spent in an uneasy joint operating agreement. The Chronicle had psychologists on hand in the newsroom for ”aid and comfort.” ”This isn’t going to be entirely pleasant for everyone,” said Rob Morse, who frequently roasted the Chronicle in his 15 years as an Examiner columnist. ”If they end up turning me into a police reporter, well, I have had a good run as a columnist.” Hearst’s long-delayed, $660 million purchase of the Chronicle, family-owned since 1865, compelled it to relinquish control of the Examiner, the paper that launched the publishing empire of William Randolph Hearst in 1887. To satisfy antitrust concerns, Hearst agreed to give the paper and other assets to Fang along with a $66 million subsidy to be paid out over three years. Fang’s new Examiner is vastly overmatched numerically with an editorial staff of 40 fighting in a city circulation war that recently was joined by Knight Ridder’s San Jose Mercury News. Fang’s solution is to cover local news more intensely than his bigger, regional rivals. The first edition led not with the presidential recount, but with a city housing probe and a picture of Mayor Willie Brown honoring San Francisco Giants Manager Dusty Baker. ”Our pledge is to be a voice for those whose words have been muted in the past,” Fang wrote in a front-page letter. ”Now the real work begins: preserving a second daily newspaper voice for the city.” Hearst’s Examiner thrived until entering into a profit-sharing agreement with the Chronicle in 1965. The arrangement made money for Hearst, but switching to afternoons doomed the Examiner. By Wednesday, the paper’s circulation had fallen from the 1965-level of 303,000 to 96,000. The Chronicle grew from 363,000 to 457,000. Hearst guaranteed its Examiner employees jobs at the Chronicle without assurances duties would be the same. With a vast staff under one roof, Chronicle management hopes to get its money’s worth with the publication of an afternoon street-sales-only edition. ”Combining two newsrooms with a history of fierce rivalry is a tricky business, and building a new paper will be an evolutionary process,” new Chronicle Publisher John Oppedahl wrote in a front-page letter to readers. Oppedahl became publisher over expectations the job would go to Timothy O. White, who served as the last Hearst chief at the Examiner. Instead of taking over, he was bought out. Hearst spokesman Paul Luthringer wouldn’t comment on published reports that White had been paid between $6 million and $10 million. — On The Net: http://www.sfgate.com http://www.examiner.com

Nostalgic visit to 113-year-old family home

Many of us have fond memories of people and places past, so when my wife and I arrived in Prescott during our recent driving trip through Arizona, her excitement mounted. Ludie hadn't been in Prescott for nearly 70 years, and she was eager to reacquaint herself with the white house on Mount Vernon Avenue that she had visited frequently as a child. Traveling with her parents from Los Angeles by car or train, they had stayed at the two-story, Dutch-colonial home which was the residence of her great-aunt, Ida Haskell Brown and Ziba Olmstead Brown, her husband. "There it is! It's hardly changed over the years. The white picket fence is still there, but the house is now yellow," exclaimed Ludie as I parked at the curb. Set back from the sidewalk and half-hidden by a grove of trees, the house was built by Ziba Brown in 1904. It is located in the East Prescott Historic District, and affixed to the front porch is a bronze plaque denoting it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two other nearby houses of note are those of the first woman to serve in the Arizona State Senate and the first territorial governor of Arizona. (Arizona became a U.S. territory in 1863, with Prescott as its capital, and a state in 1912, with Phoenix as its capital.) A third house, down the street, was turned into a temporary birthing or delivery facility and nursery for new-born babies after the local hospital burned to the ground in 1940. Just as we were planning to ring the doorbell and ask the occupants if we could have a look around, a car drove up and out jumped the house's owners, a delightful couple named Dixie and Larry Eddy. Ludie told them of her family's connections to the house, and they invited us inside. "I remember everything. Just like the outside, little has changed on the inside, Wonderful memories of my childhood are flooding back," said Ludie as the Eddys gave us the grand tour. Downstairs are a central hall, large living room, formal dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a huge bathroom that features a massive bathtub set on four clawed feet. Ludie asked Dixie if one of the bedrooms still contained a tiny "secret" closet hidden inside a larger closet, where she played dolls with a neighbor girl. Dixie replied she didn't think so, and after inspecting all the upstairs closets, she was proved correct. Minor renovations by a past owner, alas, had resulted in the removal of the girls' private hideout. Ludie couldn't stop reminiscing about her visits to the 113-year-old house and the fun she had with the neighbor girl and other local kids. Life was simpler then, and the children, without parental supervision, would walk to close-by downtown Prescott where they looked at department store windows and bought ice cream cones. Everybody knew everyone else in Prescott in those days. The town was safe. There were no gangs or drug addicts roaming the streets. Aunt Ida, the sister of Ludie's grandmother, Lu Antles, was childless, and she also delighted in Ludie's visits. She dressed up her little grand-niece in fancy gowns brought downstairs from dusty attic trunks and they played board games and sewed doll clothes together. After visiting the old house, we said goodbye to our hosts, the Eddys, and drove downtown to the famous Hassayampa Inn, where we had a late lunch and watched a wedding in progress in its cavernous lobby. The hotel, since its opening in 1927, has been Prescott's prime place to greet, meet, sleep and eat, and Ludie remembers joining Aunt Ida, Uncle Ziba and her parents, Tom and Doris Lewis, at the Inn for Sunday dinners. Then we walked over to the Union Building, where Uncle Ziba, a Prescott attorney, maintained his law offices. Born on an Illinois farm, he came to Prescott in 1898, passed the state bar, founded a title company and played the cornet in the city band, served as a volunteer fireman and was elected commander of Prescott's Knight Templars. On Thanksgiving Day of 1901, he married his childhood sweetheart, Ida Haskell, who was from Clay Center, Kansas, and they made their home at the house on Mount Vernon Ave. until his death in 1944. A year or two later, Ida sold the house and moved to Los Angeles to be near Ludie's family. We also traveled to Flagstaff, Ariz., to attend the graduation of Zach Schaefer, our great-nephew, from Northern Arizona University. NAU has a beautiful and spacious campus set amongst towering pine trees, and its sport teams are called the "Lumberjacks." When we were guests of the Eddys in Prescott, Larry Eddy told us that he, too, was a NAU graduate and staunch Lumberjack supporter. I've known Zach all his life, and I'm convinced he'll be successful in whatever career he chooses. He had a double academic major, political science and criminal justice. His graduation was held in the university's mammoth indoors sports arena, and we joined many family members and friends at the graduation ceremony including his parents, Mindy and Steve Schaefer; his sister and brother, Vanessa and Jeremy; and his aunt, Cindy Lewis. Our Arizona trip lasted a week, and we haven't stopped talking about the wonderful times we had at the old family house in Prescott and Zach's graduation from NAU. There was another upside regarding our trip. Gasoline prices in Arizona are lower than most states. On one occasion I paid only $2.12 for a gallon of unleaded gas. Most other times in Arizona, I paid about $2.18 per gallon. David C. Henley is publisher emeritus of the Lahontan Valley News.

NBA Playoffs: Magic top Celtics 113-92

ORLANDO, Fla. – Not ready to go home just yet, the only place the Orlando Magic are headed is back to Boston. Halfway to history. Taking another step toward overcoming an improbable 3-0 series deficit, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 113-92 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. A series that looked like a sweep a few days ago now has the Celtics taking a slim 3-2 lead into a pressure-packed Game 6 in Boston on Friday night. The Celtics are facing the possibility of playing it without Kendrick Perkins after their starting center picked up his seventh technical foul of the playoffs, a mandatory suspension unless it is overturned. A potential Game 7 would be in Orlando. No NBA team has won a series after losing the first three games. The Magic, seemingly lifeless after a blowout defeat in Game 3, suddenly have hope to be the first. They broke out of their series-long shooting slump, making 13-of-25 3-pointers. “We just all believe,” guard Jameer Nelson said. “We all believe. We know we can do it, one game at a time.” Nelson scored 24 points, and J.J. Redick had 14 to help the Magic to a frenetic pace that the Celtics couldn’t sustain. Howard added five blocks as Orlando built an early 14-point lead that was never seriously challenged. Rasheed Wallace had 21 points, and Ray Allen scored 19 for a Boston team that once seemed on its way to another NBA finals. Now? The Celtics are stunned and dazed. Howard’s elbow inadvertently came down on Glen Davis’ face near the basket in the third quarter, giving the Celtics forward a concussion. Davis tried to get up as play continued on the other end, wobbling his way to midcourt, almost falling flat as referee Joey Crawford kept him from tumbling to the hardwood. Davis did not return, and his status for Game 6 was not immediately announced. The rest of the Celtics continued to crumble, again unable to deliver the knockout blow. Amid an amped-up Amway Arena, Wallace picked up his third foul during the spurt and taunted Orlando fans all the way to bench. Wallace shouted and screamed to the stands, pointing at his ring finger for the championship he already won with Detroit – a title that has long eluded Orlando. Things got even worse for the Celtics when Perkins was ejected after he picked up his second technical of the game and seventh of the postseason for arguing with officials. Perkins and Marcin Gortat were whistled for double technicals a few minutes prior after they got tangled up. That means Perkins, one of the best defenders in the league on Howard, will be suspended for Game 6 unless the NBA rescinds the technical. The league reviews every technical.

Committee Oks bill delaying student testing

(AP) – A bill before the Nevada Legislature would help students who have to take standardized tests before they reach the end of the textbook. AB113 passed the Assembly Education Committee on Monday and calls on the Department of Education to push the testing timeline back at least 30 days. Teachers at an earlier hearing said they find themselves giving a test mid-spring on certain grade-level topics that they don’t plan to teach until weeks later. The extended timeline could help students feel more confident on the test and take pressure off teachers who try to “cram” the information before the testing date. The bill also pushes back deadlines for reports based on the standardized test data. AB113 is sponsored by the Education Committee and now heads to the Assembly floor.

Carson’s Basa among Northern Nevada’s top wrestlers

Eleven years ago, when Brandon Basa was knee-high to a grasshopper, he got involved with the Carson Bulldog wrestling program. "We were so worried," said Basa's dad, Eric. "It was so barbaric. Teri and I were so afraid of him getting hurt. When he was younger, he lost a lot just like any other wrestler." It only took a short amount of time before Basa was hooked, however, and thanks to a lot of hard work, the 113-pound Basa has excelled at the sport. "I really got into it, and it sparked my love for it," Basa said last weekend during the Reno Tournament of Champions. And, Basa has turned into one of the top wrestlers in Northern Nevada. He posted a 32-8 record as a sophomore, and is 11-3 this year. He was second in the region at 113 last year and third at 106 as a freshman. He was third at state at 113 last year, losing just one match. Nobody who has ever coached Basa is surprised at his success. "He was a scrappy little kid," said former Carson Bulldog coach Bob McDonald. "When you are young, that's all that matters. He's a tough kid. He puts the extra effort in. He went to a Catholic school, so the only wrestling opportunities he had were club events." High school wrestling is a grind. Besides the physical extertion you expend 5-6 days a week, you have to watch what you eat on a daily basis. It requires a good support system at home, too, and Basa has that. It also requires parents giving up weekends for youth tournaments near and far. "If it weren't for my parents (Eric and Teri) I wouldn't be where I am," Basa said recently. "They are my biggest supporters. They have helped me with my weight; losing weight when I needed it." "His parents have always put the effort in for him," McDonald said. "Behind every good wrestler are great parents. That is universal." Wrestling is truly a family affair for the Basas. Brandon's sister, Erica, is one of the team managers, and Teri manned the hospitality room at the TOC last week. Both Teri and Eric help current coach Justin Shine with a lot of the paperwork involved in running the program. It extends past there. Eric's dad, Jose Ma Basa, who lived in the Philipines, was appointed by President Marcos to train and prepare Philipine wrestlers to compete in an event in Edmonton, Canada in the 70s. Eric Basa videos each and every match his son wrestles. The film is used as a teaching tool, and like a lot of kids, Brandon Basa is like a sponge, soaking up as much knowledge as he can. By no means does he think he has all the answers. "We'll watch film of a match, and he can tell me what he did wrong," the elder Basa said. "He learns a lot from watching himself." Brandon's early success this season gained some steam last week at the TOC. Basa reached the second day of the prestigious tournament, posting an impressive 4-2 record. He lost his two matches by a combined three points, including a 6-4 four-overtime loss to Logan Sumalong of De La Salle and a 2-1 loss in the second round. Getting to the second day of that tournament is big, though after being eliminated Basa said he needed to work harder. Hardly. Nobody works as hard as Basa, and if effort means anything he'll be a regional or state champion by the time he graduates. The CHS junior seems to have found a home at 113. Whether Wooster's Ian Timmins stays in the same weight class or goes at 120 is still up in the air, and that has a big bearing on Basa's post-season hopes. If Timmins stays at 120 or above, Basa is a serious threat to win state at 113s. "I think so," said current CHS coach Justin Shine when asked if 113 was Basa's best weight. "I think he should have gone 106s last year." "I think I'm better at 113s," Basa said. "I may go 120s (in duals), but I'll probably stay at 113 for postseason. I started the year at 120 or 122, but then got down to the weight I wanted. I can now pretty much eat what I want and still maintain." Basa said his diet includes a lot of chicken and fish, which is normal for somebody who's trying to lose or maintain weight. Up next for Basa is the annual Sierra Nevada Classic next Tuesday and Wednesday. While not as tough as the TOC, it's still a rigorous event. Basa went 2-2 last year. "I'd definitely like to do better," Basa said. "I'd like to at least place." After the SNC, Basa & Co. will continue their dual-meet schedule, Carson is the odds-on favorite to regain its title after knocking off Damonte, 37-33. Basa said he would like to continue wrestling in college, and the good thing about that is the lowest college weight is 126. "Oh yeah, I can see him there," former CHS coach Paul Carter said. "He would have to gain some weight, but he has the talent to do it. "He is a great kid. He is a hard worker, intelligent and tough, and he's talented."