Bobcat wrestlers Drue Ashby and Chris Gamberg both had one goal in mind when they headed into the biggest tournament meet of their season in Reno, the Sierra Nevada Classic.

“We wanted to make it through to the second day,” Gamberg said.

That would prove to be a challenge, as the 85 teams in attendence meant that Gamberg had over 70 other wrestlers in his weight class and Ashby had over 80. And yet, like they have all season, the two most seasoned wrestlers on the team found a way to win.

“Those guys wrestled the best that they have all year in that tournament. If they keep that up, they both have great outlooks for them,” Assistant Coach Skylar Hall said.

Though neither ended up placing in the tournament, both Ashby and Gamberg proved something to themselves and to their head coach Mike Gamberg wrestling against their toughest competition they will see all season. To coach Gamberg, the oppurtunity to have his team wrestle against the best of the best from surrounding states gives them an advantage when they eventually move into divisional meets.

“By the time we get back down into our division and our league, we are already wrestling at a higher level,” the coach said.

The Bobcats will next go on to face divisional opponent West Wendover on the road on Jan. 8.