White Pine High School hosted the annual Ely Lions Invitational wrestling tournament Dec. 21.

It was a round robin tourney with just four wrestlers in each weight division, so each person wrestled all the others in his division.

Bobcat coach Mark Dolezal said, “Battle Mountain was able to bring a combination of their varsity and JV and this increased the competition level of the tournament.”For the Bobcats, Sebastian Lyons placed third in a very competitive weight class (120). “He is improving every week and starting to adjust to the high level of wrestling,” Dolezal said.

Eric Pickens (152) won his second tournament of the year and had to match up with one of the better 2A northern division wrestlers from Battle Mountain. Dolezal said, “This will help us know where he stands at the state level.”Luke Finicum (152) placed fourth in the weight class which Dolezal said was a class “loaded with upperclassmen. He may not have had the best skills, but he wrestled well and that is what we are more concerned with.”Sven Pickens (160) won his first tournament of the year, Dolezal said. “We look forward to him winning his second. Sven wrestled the best he has this year and this win will give him the confidence that he needs.”Justin Mabson (170) came off an injury with a championship performance Dolezal noted. “This was Justin’s first outing since the first weekend where he go to only wrestle part of a match. It took him a little bit of time to shake off the rust, but he came back from a couple of mistakes to win the matches.”Zeke Vinson placed second at 170 pounds, losing in the finals to a good Battle Mountain wrestler.

Dolezal reported Kegan Hexem placed third at 195. But saw some of the top contenders in both the north and south. “Kegan wrestled both of them well and will close the gap before the regional and state meets.”Jorge Chamorro placed third at 220 pounds. He also saw some of the better competition among the top contenders. Dolezal said, “We will continue to work on a few things that will give him a shot at placing at state.”The Bobcats are off until they compete in a tournament Jan. 12-13 at Mohave High in Bullhead City, Arizona.