ALL-AREA: Wheatland's Larcom was king of the mat
Overcoming injury, qualifying for state
This past fall, Wheatland High's Tyler Larcom was on pace to finish his senior season as the top rusher in the Mid-Valley Area.
He amassed nearly 900 yards on the gridiron in five games for the Pirates.
Then on Sept. 30, he blew his knee out and played in just two more games during the remainder of the season, in which he combined to tack on another 100 yards.
The adversity was no issue.
Larcom bounced back just months later to hit the mat and eventually qualify for the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield.
Lindhurst High's Christian George was the only other Yuba-Sutter area wrestler to qualify.
Larcom qualified for the tournament by finishing third in the 195-pound division at the Northern Section Masters Meet at the Redding Convention Center in February.
Larcom was the first Pirate wrestler to qualify for state since 2008, when Alex Pinto did the trick. The top three grapplers in each weight class qualify for the tournament.
After a full season of wrestling under his belt, Larcom's knee is no problem.
"It doesn't bother me at all now. It feels fine," said Larcom.
Larcom's work ethic and skill have earned him a spot on Yuba College's football team this fall, where he will compete for time at linebacker.
In seven games — two of which he played with an injured knee — Larcom still managed to record more than 70 total tackles and three sacks while playing linebacker.
—This is the second in a series of six Athlete of the Year packages. Swimming will be published Thursday.