The White Pine High wrestling team finished its season last weekend at the NIAA State Championships in Primm. Southern Regional Champion and junior Monty Moore placed 2nd in his weight class at 145 pounds.
Moore won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches to earn a place in the championship match, but lost the decision to Pershing County wrestler Vincent Evenson.
“Monty lost in the last few seconds of the championship match,” Coach Mark Dolezal said. “We know that Monty will come back next year with a chip on his shoulder that will be the driving force to next year.”
Senior Jay Mabson lost his opening match at 138 pounds, but won in the first consolation round, earning a semifinal spot.
“Jay lost a heart breaker in the consolation semifinals in overtime,” Dolezal said. “Jay showed a lot of heart wrestling through the pain of his broken finger. We will miss his leadership and wrestling next year. He is truly a great kid and we wish him the best of luck.”
Sophomore Tre Medina also lost his opening match at 195 pounds but bounced back by winning his first consolation round match, later losing in the semifinals.
“Tre wrestled well this weekend but came up a little short of placing,” Dolezal said. “He has all the physical tools to be on the podium next year, he just needs to improve his preparation and takedowns.”