Dave Maxwell
Eric Pickens, two-time 2A state wrestling champion, was named Honorable Mention on the Nevadapreps.com 2019 All State Wrestling Team.

The Ely Times

White Pine High senior wrestler Eric Pickens was named Honorable Mention on the NevadaPreps.com all-state wrestling team.

Coach Mark Dolezal said he was pleased to have Pickens given the honor. He is also currently on the Bobcat track team. 

A two-time state wrestling champion at 152 pounds and one-time state runner up, Pickens had a record this year of 48-7 and concluded his high school career with a mark of 154-50. He was not able to wrestle his freshman year due to a skin infection that was later cleared up.

Dolezal noted that Pickens was also a three-time member the state academic championship team. He plans to go on to college and continue his wrestling career, but has not yet announced where he might like to attend.

Dolezal said, “It’s been a pleasure to coach Eric the past four years. He brought a strong work ethic into the program that has elevated the team as a whole. He will be missed in the practice room next year. We wish him the best at college and on the mat. Whoever picks him up is getting a quality wrestler and a great young man.”