Gambill looking for third state wrestling title; Vikings could be D-III darkhorse in team race

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Miami East Wrestling

As a freshman in 2005, Miami East’s Ryan Gambill gave the Vikings
their first individual state champion. Now as a senior, Gambill is
turning his attention to leading his team towards title contention. The Vikings finished 10th in 2005, 24th in 2006 and 16th in 2007
at the Division III state meet. Placing higher is an attainable goal.


As a freshman in 2005, Miami East’s Ryan Gambill gave the Vikings their first individual state champion. Now as a senior, Gambill is turning his attention to leading his team towards title contention.

The Vikings finished 10th in 2005, 24th in 2006 and 16th in 2007 at the Division III state meet. Placing higher is an attainable goal.

“We have a good mix of young and old,” Miami East coach Mark Rose said. “If we keep improving we could make some noise in the postseason.”

Gambill captured the 112-pound state title as a freshman and was seventh at 119 in 2006. Last season he claimed the 130 title. Through three years, Gambill has an overall record of 152-8 and is a two-time sectional and district champ.

Gambill, who will wrestle at 135 this season, isn’t the only standout on the Vikings roster.

Senior Cody McGillvary, a three-time district qualifier, returns at 140, while junior William Moore (152) returns after just missing a state berth with a fifth place finish at districts last year.

A pair of talented sophomores also return in Zane Goldberg (112) and Jon Wright (145). Goldberg was a district runner-up and state qualifier last year, while Wright was a district qualifier.

Said Rose: “I like the way we look right now but we need to push ourselves if we want to get to the top.”

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