By George Ferguson/Havre Daily News Sportsfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Havre High wrestling team returned to action this weekend as it traveled to the Cut Bank Invitational tournament Friday morning. When the dust settled on the two-day event, the Ponies returned home with a solid second-place finish in the 30-team tourney.
Havre finished the tournament with 178.5 team points, while the Conrad Cowboys captured first-place honors with 229 points. The host Cut Bank Wolves finished in third place while Columbia Falls and Arlee finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The Chinook Sugarbeeters also had a solid showing with a sixth-place finish with 116 team points.
"We worked really hard over Christmas break and this weekend could have gone either way," said HHS head coach Scott Filius. "We could have came out really flat or the kids could perform really well.
"It was really nice to see the kids respond and they all wrestled well. We had really nice results."
The Ponies placed seven wrestlers in the top six on Saturday and had 10 wrestlers reach Friday's quarterfinals. Freshman Billy Wagner, sophomore Gray Chagnon and Bill Zuelke all reached the quarters before losing. Zuelke managed to rebound to capture sixth place, losing his final match by an 8-5 decision to Tanner Swift of Lewistown in the new 215-pound division.
As expected, Blue Pony senior Jeff Hedges continued his undefeated season with a dominant performance at 125 pounds. Hedges pinned Beau McGillvray of Superior in the championship match and his performance earned him the tournament's most outstanding wrestler for the lower weights. Chinook's Eric Hinebaugh, who captured the 189-pound championship, was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler for the upper weights.
Freshman Matt Schnittgen also continued to wrestle well as he captured another title at 275 pounds. Schnittgen pinned Tommy Church of Columbia Falls at the 3:58 mark of the championship match.
The Ponies also got two second-place finishes from Clint Bradbury at 98 pounds and Guy Seely at 160 pounds. Bradbury was knocked off by Chris Black of Fort Benton 8-4 and Seely was pinned by Chinook's Evan Hinebaugh in the 160-pound final.
Michael Sutherland also had a strong showing for the Ponies as did freshman Beau LaSalle. Sutherland earned fourth-place honors after losing to Conrad's Ross Johnson, while LaSalle lost a 7-4 decision to Cameron Lyle of Arlee to grab fourth-place honors.
Scott Sheppard also had a strong showing for the Ponies as he earned fifth-place honors with a 8-2 decision over Chinook's Matt Finley.
"I thought that Scott Sheppard, Bill Zuelke and Michael Sutherland has their best weekends this season," Filius said. "All three of those guys wrestled really well.
"Guy Seely also had a great weekend," Filius added. "He dropped to 160 for this tournament and he stepped up and performed really well to get to the finals."
Even though the Ponies were unable to catch Class B powerhouse Conrad, Filius knows that this was a very successful weekend for his young team. Havre is without some key wrestlers right now due to injury. Filius was more than excited with how his team performed in Cut Bank under those circumstances.
"To finish where we did without some key kids is important because it shows that we have a little depth right now," Filius said. "All the kids we took this weekend really stepped up and wrestled hard. We had a really good weekend as a team."
The Ponies will return to dual action on Friday afternoon when they travel to the Dillon Duals.
CUT BANK INVITATIONAL
1. Conrad 229; 2. Havre 178; 3. Cut Bank 164; 4. Columbia Falls 133; 5. Arlee 130; 6. Chinook 116; 7. Choteau 115; 8. Lewistown 106; 9. Malta 99; 10. Boulder 90; 11. Fort Benton 86; 12. Superior 85; 13. Frenchtown 83; 14. Cascade 81; 15. Glasgow 64; 16. Ronan 62; 17. Poplar 61; 18. St. Ignatius/Charlo 61; 19. Simms 58; 20. Fairfield 44; 21. Eureka 41; 22. Browning 40; 23. (tie) Shelby 29; (tie) Highwood 29; 25. Big Sandy 28; 26. Valier 21; 27. Chester 14; 28. Harlem 6; 29. (tie) Heart Butte 0; (tie) Oilfields 0.
98 - Chris Bick, FB, dec. Clint Bradbury, HAV, 8-2.
105 - Aric Tarr, CF, tech fall Jacob Schlosser, CON, 4:14.
112 - Thad Zempel, CON, dec. Brandon Stedman, FB, 4-1.
119 - Danny Trujillo, ARL, pin Keyvin Walter, CF, 3:49.
125 - Jeff Hedges, HAV, pin Beau McGillvray, SUP, 1:25.
130 - Spencer Griffiths, SIM, dec. Tyler McGillvray, SUP, 6-0.
135 - Caleb Lockyer, CON, pin Russell Ritter, ARL, 3:42.
140 - Trent Zempel, CON, pin Tanner Hoerner, EUR, 3:40.
145 - Nathan Hopstad, GLA, pin Danny Murr, CON, 5:33.
152 - Pete Betcher, CHO, dec. Tony May, CAS, 5-3.
160 - Evan Hinebauch, CHI, pin Guy Seely, HAV, 4:45.
171 - Alex Calvi, CB, dec. Skippy Sims, MAL, 7-2.
189 - Eric Hinebauch, CHI, pin Kyle Buck, CHO, 1:13.
215 - Ryan Stutzman, CAS, pin Tom Clement, BOU, 2:58.
275 - Matt Schnittgen, HAV, pin Tommy Church, CF, 3:58.
Consolation matches (3rd place)
98 - Egan Black, CB, pin Beau Nordahl, unatt., 2:08.
105 - Donnie Ferrin, FF, pin Jacob Santos, ARL, 4:15.
112 - Cameron Lytle, ARL, dec. Beau LaSalle, HAV, 7-4.
119 - Colby Johnson, CON, dec. Josh Henderson, FB, 8-2.
125 - Michael French, MAL, dec. Richard Neal, CHO, 7-2.
130 - Ross Johnson, CON, pin Michael Sutherland, HAV, 2:50.
135 - Dustin Scotten, LEW, dec. Daniel Winkowitsch, CB, 5-3.
140 - Ross Mosher, CHO, dec. Jeff Trafalet, VAL, 5-0.
145 - Ryan Buck, CF, dec. Herbie Fitzgerald, CB, 5-3.
152 - Tyler French, MAL, dec. Jeremy Painter, CHI, 2-1.
160 - Chris Gorder, POP, pin Bryce Picard, SI, 4:50.
171 - Mike Burns, BRO, pin Colter Dimas, POP, 1:39.
189 - Logan Labbe, SUP, pin Alex Thornton, BIG, :41.
215 - Tom Radach, CON, dec. Andy White, RON, 8-3.
275 - Dusty Schuler, FB, pin Josh Schug, HW, 1:49.
Lower weights (98-140) - Jeff Hedges, 125, Havre.
Upper weights (145-275) - Eric Hinebauch, 189, Chinook.
98 - Chris Bick, FB, pin Josh Stedman, unatt., 3:26; Chris Matthews, BOU, dec. Cameron Overcast, CHI, 7-5; Beau Nordahl, unatt., pin Zach Budak, POP, 3:57; Clint Bradbury, HAV, pin Egan Black, CB, 2:16.
105 - Aric Tarr CF, pin Cody McCready, RON, 2:54; Brandon Hemseth, LEW, pin Hannah Trask, unatt., 2:47; Jacob Schlosser, CON, pin Billy Wagner, HAV, :56; Donnie Ferrin, FF, maj. dec. Jacob Santos, ARL, 13-3.
112 - Don Fryberger, SIM, pin Josh Johnson, GLA, 1:58; Thad Zemple, CON, dec. Paul Clark, CAS, 4-2; Beau LaSalle, HAV, pin Cameron Lytle in OT, 6:36; Brandon Stedman, FB, maj. dec. Gray Chagnon, HAV, unatt., 12-0.
119 - Danny Trujillo, ARL, maj. dec. Scott Sheppard, HAV, 9-1; Matt Finley, CHI, pin Chris Starkel, RON, 2:44; Keyvin Walter, CF, pin Lee Secora, FF, 2:42; Josh Henderson, FB, dec. Matt Ayers, POP, 10-5.
125 - Jeff Hedges, HAV, pin Jeremiah Kennedy, CB, 1:22; Paul Carroll, CON, pin Alex LeFurgy, FB, 1:09; Beau McGillvray, SUP, pin Leo Pattison, GLA, 3:32; Richard Neal, CHO, pin John Ritter, ARL, 1:50.
130 - Tyler McGillvray, SUP, pin Dalvin Averill, CF, 1:48; Clint Dagel, CB, pin Richard Mintyala, LEW, 3:11; Ross Johnson, CON, pin Nick May, FB, 2:47; Spencer Griffiths, SIM, tech fall Craig Wheeler, SI, 2:00.
135 - Caleb Lockyer, CON, pin Marc Crossland, CAS, 1:40; Daniel Winkowitsch, CB, pin Dustin Scotten, LEW, 3:58; Daniel Madel, CHO, dec. Steve Watson, SHE, 4-2; Russell Ritter, ARL, pin Logan Starkey, FB, 1:19.
140 - Trent Zempel, CON, dec. Ross Mosher, CHO, 10-5; Jeff Trefalet, VAL, dec., Reid Askelson, CB, 2-0; Tanner Hoerner, EUR, tech fall Kevin Raty, LEW, 5:02; Alex McCay, ARL, pin Don Brown, RON, :34.
145 - Nathan Hopstad, GLA, pin Michael Shields, HAR, 1:46; Herbie Fitzgerald, CB, pin Colt Couture, ARL, :40; Ryan Buck, CF, dec. Gatlin Paine, EUR, 5-3; Danny Murr, CON, dec. Adam Nylund, CHO, 6-3.
152 - Tyler French, MAL, maj. dec. Evan Thompson, CB, 8-0; Pete Betcher, CHO, dec., Stacy Livingston, CF, 6-0; Jeremy Painter, CHI, maj. dec. Chris Tacke, FF, 13-3; Tony May, CAS, pin Chase Musick, LEW, 3:14.
160 - Guy Seely, HAV, dec., Bryce Picard, SI, 3-2; Bob Greenwood, CB, pin Nathan Thomas, FB, 1:10; Evan Hinebauch, CHI, pin Calvin Williams, CF, 2:27; Ryan Smith, ARL, pin Riley DeVries, CHE, 1:40.
171 - Alex Calvi, CB, pin Neil McKeone, CON, 1:32; Nik Caron, CF, pin Steve Larson, RON, 5:09; Skippy Sims, MAL, dec. Grant Terry, LEW, 6-5; Mike Burns, BRO, pin Nick Weiler, FB, 2:45.
189 - Kyle Buck, CHO, pin Logan Tweet, FB, 1:47; Chris Zempel, SI, dec. Morgan Norgard, POP, 3-2; Alex Thornton, BIG, pin Danny Larson, CB, 5:33; Eric Hinebauch, CHI, pin Logan Labbe, SUP, 1:47.
215 - Ryan Stutzman, CAS, pin Jerry Murch, GLA, 3:14; Tanner Swift, EUR, pin Mark Davidson, SUI, 1:55; Andy White, RON, pin Quincy Weatherwax, CB, :50; Tom Clement, BOU, pin Tom Radach, CON, 3:41.
275 - Tommy Church, CF, pin Jeff VandenBos, VAL, :37; Ross Mathason, BOU, pin J.D. Olsen, CAS, 4:31; Matt Schnittgen, HAV, dec. Drew Koepke, CB, 2-1 in OT; Bob Kinyon, CON, pin Dusty Schuler, FB, 2:34.