White Pine High wrestlers, all five of them, participated in a tournament in Panguitch, Utah last week.
Coach Mark Dolezal said the boys placed ninth out of 19 teams with 111 points.
“We were missing a couple of wrestlers that would have helped us out with the team score. We will still need to work on getting others to come out for the team. We have a strong core of kids who can compete at a high level, but if we want to compete for a regional title we will need help.”
Dolezal said Eric Pickens (152) repeated as champion at the Panguitch Invitational. “Eric was a perfect 8-0 and only allowed two points in those matches. Eric is one of the top wrestlers in Nevada at the 2A level. He will need to continue to push his teammates in practice if he wants to improve himself and his team.”
Kegan Hexem (220) bounced back from a loss in the pool rounds to win his weight class, going 7-1 and pinning Alek Williams of Milford, Utah in 15 seconds in the finals.
“This is a great start to the season for Kegan,” said Dolezal. “He has developed a great double leg takedown move and it was a major factor for his success in the tournament.”
Luke Finnicum (160) placed third at the tournament in a very tough weight class. He lost to Scott Reber of Enterprise in the semifinals, but came back in the consolation rounds for a third place finish as he pinned Kevin Bridges of Panguitch.
Dolezal said, “His never quit attitude was a major factor in his ability to place as high as he did. We know that Luke will be very competitive at the state level this year.”
Zeke Vinson (170) had a solid performance at Panguitch placing 8th. Dolezal’s report noted, “He was competitive in all his matches, but made a couple of mistakes that cost him a few matches. We know what Zeke needs to work on to fix those and expect that he is only going to improve.”
Nathan Dolezal (195) had a great tournament as a freshman the coach said. “And after being placed in a higher weight class that is filled with upper classmen.”
His first match in the bracket tournament was with eventual champion Jackson Butler of Diamond Ranch Academy.
“Nathan won a couple of key matches that allowed him to place sixth and bring home his first high school wrestling medal. What was more impressive was his hustle during the matches.”
This week the Bobcats are at the Stansbury Park, Utah, tournament Dec. 7-8.
On Dec. 14-15, they will participate in the Desert Storm tournament at Dixie High School in St. George, Utah.