By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
Four out of the 10 wrestlers White Pine High School sent to the Division III/IV State Championships in Primm, Nev. took home medals on Feb. 22. Christopher Gamberg and Drue Ashby both took second place in their division, Emmit Finicum finished third in his last match as a high school wrestler and Joseph Lyons finished fourth.
Battle Mountain High School was the top overall team, scoring 209 points in their first place win. White Pine’s team finished the tournament in fifth place overall, with a team score of 67 points.
Coach Mike Gamerberg said that he had hoped the team would have a better showing at the tournament and compete for the title, but that he was proud of all the accomplishments of his team.
“Obviously our team goals didn’t pan out this year. Our goal at the start of the year was to defend for the division championship and that didn’t pan out. These kids sweat, bleed, get hurt, but we do it all togther in the wrestling room. They do everything I ask them to and I am proud of all of them,” Gamberg said.
Christopher Gamberg faced off against Mathew Rochester of Battle Moutain in the 120 pound division, ultimately losing by decision 2-0. As his coach and father, Mike Gamburg said that he knew his son gave it his all.
“Christopher wrestled tough and gave it the best that he could. Second place can suck sometimes but he did really well,” Gamberg said.
Drue Ashby came close to claiming a state title in the 138 pound division, losing to Christian Perez of Battle Mountain by decisio
Senior wrestler Emmit Finicum said that he knew this was his last chance to win a state championship for himself before the tournament. He finished the day 12-2 with third place at 152 pounds.
Joeseph Lyons was the only White Pine wrestler to take fourth place.
Gamberg doesn’t have any downtime as his first White Pine Middle School wrestling tournament starts this weekend.