By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
White Pine High wrestling coach Mike Gamberg watched his son Chris Gamberg wrestle for an individual state title last weekend.
“I would say nerve wracking is the correct word,” Gamberg said. “All of the kids are pretty special to me but obviously my sons are my sons so there’s more added to it. Sometimes emotions have a tendency to get the better of me.”
The news for the Gambergs were good, however. Chris, along with seniors Wyatt Williams and Aryton Almberg took home individual state titles while the Bobcats finished third in the team standings.
“Individually, I was extremely happy with the wrestling of the kids,” Gamberg said.
For Williams and Almberg, the state titles meant they ended their high school careers with the Bobcats and for Almberg, it marked his second title.
“It was an accumulation of a great career for them,” Gamberg said.
In addition to the first place finishes, White Pine had several other wrestlers perform well, including Harveen Singh (fourth), Ty Keppner (third), Emmitt Finicum (third), Drue Ashby (second) and Ben Miller (second).
But the state championships also had its share of difficult moments as well, as Carl Henze was medically disqualified.
“It’s like the thrill of victory and agaony of defeat kind of thing,” Gamberg said. “You look at all the good things that happened, Christopher winning as a sophmore and Wyatt and and Aryton finishing their careers on top, but also Micheal (Gamberg), Ben and Ty (Keppner) maybe not reaching whatever goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year.”
This season may have ended without the team title White Pine was seeking, but for Gamberg this season brought together a special group of young men.
“The fun things, the bus rides with the kids, the joking around and the wrestling, those are things you’ll never forget,” Gamberg said.
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