On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the White Pine High wrestling team traveled to compete in the West Wendover Wrestling Tournament.
Eric Pickens won both of his matches in the 126 pound weight class. His brother, Sven Pickens, won all three of his matches in the 132 pound weight class. Jay Mabson won all three of his matches at 138 pounds and Monty Moore won all three of his at 145. Wyatt Jordan won one of his matches at 152.
On Saturday, Jan 9, the team traveled to Utah to compete in the Milford Wrestling Tournament. Mabson placed second overall, winning his first two matches.
“Jay continues to improve and wrestle strong,” Coach Mark Dolezal said. “He is going to be a contender at the state tournament.”
Moore placed fourth, winning three matches.
“He’s a team leader on and off the mat,” Dolezal said.
Eric Pickens won two matches but his brother Sven suffered a dislocated elbow during his second match, and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
“This is a big loss to the team,” Dolezal said. “We know that he will contribute to the team as he will continue to help coach his teammates.”
Jordan won three matches.
“Wyatt is a first-year wrestler and had a breakout week, coming one win away from placing in a quality tournament,” Dolezal said. “He is only going to get better this year, and we’re looking forward to see how much more he will improve.”
Justin Mabson won his first match at 152 pounds.
“Justin is also a first-year wrestler and has great potential,” Dolezal said. “He is becoming more competitive each week. We have only three returning wrestlers from last year and have a small team. The good news is that we only have one senior and one junior, and the rest are freshmen and sophomores. It will take us a couple of years to get back to the numbers we need to be competitive as a team. Individually, we are going to have some very competitive wrestlers at the regional tournament and state tournament. But we will need to continue to improve each week for this to happen.”
On Friday, Jan. 15, the team traveled to Bullhead City, Ariz. to compete in the Mohave High School Wrestling Tournament.
Jay Mabson earned third place, winning seven of his eight matches.
“Jay turned in another outstanding performance,” Dolezal said, “The last two weeks he has wrestled the best I have seen him.”
Jordan also placed third, winning five matches.
“Wyatt had a breakout weekend,” Dolezal said. “He won his first medal and we know it will not be his last.”
Tre Willis placed fifth at 182 pounds, winning five matches.
“This was Tre’s first tournament of the year,” Dolezal said. “Placing fifth was good for his first outing.”
Eric Pickens won two matches and Justin Mabson won three.
On Saturday, Jan. 23, they travel to Wells to compete in the Chimney Rock Invitational. On Friday, Jan. 29, they travel to compete in the Battle Mountain Brawl.