The Ely Lions wrestling tournament Dec. 20 at White Pine High School involved Battle Mountain (six-time defending 2A state champion), Wells, West Wendover, Lincoln, Pahranagat Valley, Tonopah, Independence and Eureka, along with host White Pine.
Tournament host and White Pine coach Mark Dolezal said, “This is a pod tournament so each wrestler gets three matches.”
The wrestlers were not placed in weight brackets, instead they were put into pods with other wrestlers in the same weight division or maybe one weight higher.
For the Bobcats, Eric Pickens (152) had a solid performance, dominating his pod, noted Coach Mark Dolezal. But the best match of the entire tournament he thought was the one between Pickens and Pahranagat Valley’s Jesse Jones. “An excellent match with Pickens taking a close win over Jones.”
Luke Finicum (160) took second place in losing to a good wrestler from defending team state champion Battle Mountain. Dolezal said, “This will give us a good idea of where Luke stands in the state. The next time we will see Battle Mountain will be in Fernley in January and we’ll see how much he improves by then.”
Zeke Vinson won his group at 170-pounds, and Dolezal said, “although he has wrestled well during the season, this was his first time taking the gold medal. He needs to continue to develop his leg riding skills to be a state champion.”
Nathanial Dolezal (195) did not fare very well at the Ely Lions tournament, finishing in fourth place. Coach Dolezal said, “He did accomplish his goal of making scratch weight and that also might have been a factor as it seemed he did not have his normal fire at the tournament.”
In the 220-pound class, Kegan Hexem was the dominate present in this class. Dolezal said he pinned all three of his opponents. “We are looking forward to seeing Kegan wrestle the top wrestlers in northern Nevada in Fernley Jan. 8-19. After that we will know where he stands in the 2A rankings.”
The Bobcats are off for the holidays and get back into action at Milford, Utah Jan. 5.
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