White Pine High’s wrestling team participated in a duals tournament last week at Mohave High School in Las Vegas. Coach Mark Dolezal said, “As a team we went 2-5 in the duals. The pool we were in turned out to be the stronger of the two, so it made it harder for our kids to qualify for the individual bracket part of tournament. But we know that stronger competition will make us better.”
Sebastian Lyons (138) won only one of seven matches he had. Dolezal said, “He was cutting it to make 138 pounds for the first time, this took a lot of his energy on the first day. But he bounced back the second day and wrestled the best he has all season.”
Luke Finicum (145) faced some very strong competition. He finished 3-4, and Dolezal said, “with every match he gets better and we are looking forward to see what he can do at the league duals in a couple of weeks.”
Eric Pickens (152) placed fifth in the tournament. He ran into two of the best wrestlers in the tournament, who eventually finished first and second in the class. Even though Pickens lost those matches, Dolezal said he came back to win his next six matches.
Sven Pickens (160) was 3-4 on the weekend. “He is a solid wrestler in a very competitive weight class,” Dolezal said.
At 170, Zeke Vinson who is returning from illness, won three and lost four.
Kegan Hexum (195) took third place in the tournament. Dolezal said “With a 7-2 record Kegan had another great tournament. As his confidence increases so does his wrestling ability. He will be a contender for a state medal.”
Jorge Chamorro (220) won four matches and lost three. “He is improving rapidly and if he can continue, by the postseason he is going to make some noise.”
The team is at the Vaquero Invitational in Fernley this weekend.