High School wrestlers know the meaning of hard work. They lift weights, they sweat in practice and they still have to maintain there weight when at home. If anyone knows the work it takes to win in a wrestling meet, it’s White Pine senior Drue Ashby. After three years of putting in the work, he accomplished something in his first meet of his senior year that has been a goal from the start, to be named the “Outstanding Wrestler” of the whole tournament.
“To be named the Outstanding Wrestler is probably the biggest accomplishment that I’ve ever done. I’ve been competing for four years, so to get it in my last year is pretty awesome because I’ve been working for it ever since I started my freshman year. So now I just have to go from here,” Ashby said.
The senior was one of the six White Pine wrestlers that placed in the home tournament that took place on Dec. 5-6, helping his team take fourth place overall and just two-and-a-half points out of second place.
To the team’s wrestling coach Mike Gamberg, Ashby and the rest of the team picked up right where they left off from last season, just as he was hoping they would.
“He wrestled great, which is what we expect out of Drue. And that goes for the whole team. Everyone that was there did exactly what we expected of them,” the coach said.
Ashby wasn’t the only Bobcat to finish atop the podium either. Chris Gamberg took first place in 120 lbs. Joe Pauley took first at 126. Monty Moore was first at 132. Ashbys victory came in the 138 puns weight class. Joey Lions finished second at 145 and Kyler Coburn placed in a tournament for his first time finishing in third.
“That is phenomenal for him,” Gamberg said of Coburn’s performance.
The results spoke for themselves said Gamberg, who was more interested in the individuals accomplishments rather than the overall team standing, due to their limited number of tournament participants.
“I couldn’t ask for anymore. They did well. When you only have six kids and all six of them place, with five of them making it to the finals, that’s as much as you can ask for as a coach. I was very proud of them,” Gamberg said.
Yet despite not winning any of his matches, Gamberg said that he would give the best performance of the tournament to freshman Jorge Chamorro. The coach said that while he did good and bad things in his first high school tournament, Chamorro progress from the first day of practice to where he is now impressed him.
“I was pretty nervous,” Chamorro said, “but it was an awesome feeling.”
Gamberg said that this week’s practices tried to shore up the few things he thought the wrestlers did poorly to get ready for this weekend’s meet in Stansbury, Utah. The last time White Pine wrestled in the meet, they took home five medals.
nd to being nervous and anxious,” Hall said. “It is going to take a lot of guts. If we want to win ball games, and we do, then we are going to have to do what it takes to win.”
The Bobcats will travel to Las Vegas on Dec. 12 to take on Lake Mead High School in their first conference game of the season.