White Pine Wrestling coach Mike Gamberg said at the beginning of the season that his plan was to have his team of wrestlers face the best competition they could during the season. The planned result, he said, would to increase the level at which each of his athletes performed, so that when they faced the smaller schools in their division, they would be set up to succeed.
After having five of his six wrestlers make it to the finals and having three walk away in first place at their latest meet in Wells, Gamberg said his season long plan seems to be paying off.
“It was a lower level tournament so I expected them to do well,” the coach said. “I am expecting the level of competition to be about the same in divisional duels, so we could literally have five individual champions.”
The three White Pine wrestlers that walked away in first were Drue Ashby, Monty Moore and Chris Gamberg. Joe Pauley and Jay Mabson both finished second.
Due to the limited number of wreslters in the tournament, several weight classes had to be combined to provide enough compeition for each wrestler. For Chris Gamberg, that meant wrestling bigger and stronger athletes for higher weight classes. Gamberg said that despite the slight disadvantage, he was still able to execute his moves and walk away with a win.
“This win has built my confidence and I feel good going into duels,” Gamberg said.