When White Pine High School traveled to Laughlin to compete in a nine team duels meet, coach Mike Gamberg knew they could handle their own. When seven out of his eight wrestlers seeded for the divisional tournament, he felt justified.
Season stars Chris Gamberg, Monty Moore and Drue Ashby finished all eight of their matches undefeated and all took home a top seed. Joe Pauley won his first seven matches, but Gamberg pulled him out of before his final match due to an injury. The finish was still good enough to earn Pauley a second seed. According to the coach, he has already recovered and will compete in the divisional round.
Joey Lyons finished his duels at 7-1, taking a second place seed and Kyler Coburn finished with a fourth place seed. Jay Mabson finished 6-2 wrestling in a junior varsity bracket. The sole White Pine wrestler to not finish the duels seeded was Jose Gonzalez, though coach Gamberg praised the freshmen’s work ethic and determination.
The team overall didn’t have enough wrestlers to fill all the weight classes against some of the bigger teams, forcing them to forfeit points which cost them a team title. Against Laghlin, White Pine surrendered 30 points due to forfeits but only lost by less than 15.
To Gamberg, it was exactly what he wanted to see out of his guys during an important leadup to earning more individual titles.
“Seeding is absolutely critical and I think we put ourselves in the best position we could coming out of that meet,” Gamberg said.
The coach said that based on the seedings, he realistically expects the team to finish the season with six individual medals.
The other eight schools at the duels included Laughlin, Spring Mountain, Agassi Prep, Pahranagat Valley, Tonopah, West Wendover, Indian Springs and Lincoln.