Havre Daily News
The Havre High wrestling team fell just short of capturing the team title this weekend at the Class A Duals in Libby. The Ponies ran into the Libby Loggers, who turned out to be much more than just a bump in the road in Havre's way.
Havre came into the tournament ranked second in the Class A coaches' poll. With Sidney being absent from the tournament, the Ponies became the favorite to walk away with the championship.
After rolling through Friday's pool competition with wins over Hamilton (63-21), Belgrade (70-15) and Hardin (78-18), the Ponies moved on to face off against Central A foe Lewistown. The Eagles did not present much of a problem for the Ponies as Havre cruised to a lopsided 62-24 win over the Eagles.
After taking care of business against the Eagles, the Ponies turned their attention to Eastern A foe Laurel and completely dominated the dual. The Ponies lost only one match on their way to a 65-12 thrashing of Laurel.
All the Ponies had to do to advance to the championship round was take care of the Miles City Cowboys. The Ponies got some wins early and jumped out to a big lead. They won all but four matches in the dual and rolled to a 55-22 domination of Miles City.
“We got some good performances out of some of our younger wrestlers such as Aaron Olson and Philip Sutherland,” HHS head coach Scott Filius said. “For most of the year now we have been trying to get those kids to compete in every match and this weekend they did that.”
The win set up a dual in the championship match against the Libby Loggers.
Havre, which was defeated by Libby for the championship a year ago, was looking for revenge, but fell to the Loggers by a score of 42-36.
Havre got wins from Ryan Shelstad at 98 pounds, Myles Mazurkiewicz at 105 pounds, Chad Ranes at 112 pounds and Ethan Hinebauch at 135 pounds.
Beau LaSalle won by a 10-2 decision at 130 pounds for the Ponies, and Evan Hinebauch won a hard-fought 7-5 decision at 171 pounds.
However, Havre just had too many losses to overtake the Loggers. Seven Havre wrestlers lost matches by pin, and Havre's Billy Wagner also lost a close, 6-5 decision to Loren Nelson at 119 pounds.
“We just got pounded by Libby. They put the boots to us,” Filius said. “I wish that I had an excuse but I don't. They were more physical and they just flat out beat us. We were just outwrestled.”
Still, the Ponies had a strong showing with the likes of Shelstad, Mazurkiewicz, LaSalle, Evan Hinebauch and Matt Schnittgen going undefeated. Wagner also had a strong tournament, including a win over Laurel's Zach Fox. The win avenged several losses to Fox over Wagner's first two years at Havre High. Nate Harada, Chad Ranes and Clint Bradbury were also strong for Havre on the weekend.
The Ponies will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Great Falls for duals against Great Falls High and CMR. Havre's final dual of the season will come on Saturday night when they host Class B powerhouse Conrad.
Class A Duals
Havre 63, Hamilton 21
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV pinned Troy Haacky 0:57; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV won by forfeit; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV pinned Leif Holm 0:49; 119 - Billy Wagner HAV won by forfeit; 125 - Nate Harada HAV pinned Nathan Curdy 1:52; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV dec. David Love 12-7; 135 - Clint Bradbury HAV pinned Allen McCarty 0:42; 140 - Alex Martin HAM dec. Philip Sutherland 18-3; 145 - Mike Lewis HAM dec. Aaron Olson 9-0; 152 - Brock Anderson HAM pinned Jeff Crawford 1:35; 160 - Travis Neff HAM pinned Logan Gjesdal 1:25; 171 - Evan Hinebauch HAV pinned Brady Anderson 1:41; 189 - Chris Buskirk HAV pinned Orrin Stephens 2:54; 215 - Cody Seely HAV pinned Jacob Rienschmidt 0:21; 275 - Matt Schnittgen HAV won by forfeit.
Havre 70, Belgrade 15
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV pinned Cole Schram 5:17; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV pinned Brett McClellan 0:59; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV pinned Shay Helm 2:25; 119 - Billy Wagner HAV pinned Joe Klemann 5:17; 125 - Nate Harada HAV pinned Butch Malby 1:00; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV won by forfeit; 135 - Clint Bradbury HAV won by forfeit; 140 - Philip Sutherland HAV won by forfeit; 145 - James Armstrong BEL dec Aaron Olson 7-1; 152 - Matt Lodahl BEL pinned Jeff Crawford 1:28; 160 - Justin Clevidence BEL pinned Logan Gjesdal 1:04; 171 - Evan Hinebaugh HAV pinned Ryan Langley 4:00; 189 - Chris Buskirk HAV pinned Buddy Clement 0:54; 215 - Cody Seely HAV pinned David Cash 1:43; 275 - Matt Schnittngen HAV pinned Jake Tomaschko 0:41.
Havre 78, Hardin 18
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV won by forfeit; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV won by forfeit; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV won by forfeit; 119 - Brandon Uffelman HAR pinned Billy Wagner 2:33; 125 - Nate Harada HAV won by forfeit; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV won by forfeit; 135 - Clint Bradbury HAV pinned Tyler Manolis 4:48; 140 - Philip Sutherland HAV pinned Josh Hyde 3:08; 145 - Aaron Olson HAV pinned Carl Hill 1:11; 152 - Johnny Wemple HAR pinned Jeff Crawford 2:58; 160 - Logan Gjesdal HAV pinned Andrew Muhlpeier 3:59; 171 - Evan Hinebauch HAV won by forfeit; 189 - Chris Buskirk HAV won by forfeit; 215 - Cody Seely HAV won by forfeit; 275 - Matt Schnittgen HAV pinned Rider Warren 2:59.
Havre 62, Lewistown 24
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV won by forfeit; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV pinned Eli Bush 1:25; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV pinned Allen Wilson 1:42 ; 119 - Billy Wagner HAV pinned Shane Kelly 0:41; 125 - Nate Harada HAV dec Toby Wahl 17-2; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV pinned Alan Moline 3:16; 135 - Kyle Sweeney LEW pinned Clint Bradbury 3:30; 140 - Brendon Lemmon LEW pinned Philip Sutherland 1:40; 145 - Aaron Olson HAV dec Dustin Lemmon 6-4; 152 - John Peterschick LEW pinned Jeff Crawford 1:12; 160 - Logan Gjesdal HAV pinned Curt Perkins 0:37; 171 - Evan Hinebauch HAV pinned Nick Lamphier 0:37; 189 - Mitch Ritchey LEW pinned Chris Buskirk 5:18; 215 - Cody Seely HAV pinned Dale Walker 1:31; 275 - Matt Schnittgen HAV pinned Kody Dyson 1:16.
Havre 65, Laurel 12
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV pinned Shane Nauman 0:43; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV pinned Easton Padden 0:53; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV won by forfeit; 119 - Billy Wagner HAV dec Spencer Fox 7-5; 125 - Nate Harada HAV pinned Chylo Laszloffy 0:57; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV pinned Brenden Leischner 2:21; 135 - Willy Fife LRL dec Clint Bradbury 18-11; 140 - Philip Sutherland HAV pinned Bill Olsen 2:47; 145 - Aaron Olson HAV dec Ryan Adams 17-5; 152 - Jeff Crawford HAV won by forfeit; 160 - Levi Vaughn LRL pinned Logan Gjesdal 3:57; 171 - Evan Hinebauch HAV pinned Sam Olsen 1:42; 189 - Tyler Mack LRL dec Chris Buskirk 8-4; 215 - Cody Seely HAV dec Mark Voss 13-2; 275 - Matt Schnittgen HAV pinned Matt Frickel 0:30.
Havre 55, Miles City 22
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV won by forfeit; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV pinned Kylan Zumpf 3:23; 112 - Derick Singleton MC dec Chad Ranes 11-2; 119 - Billy Wagner HAV pinned Casey Makor 5:08; 125 - Nate Harada HAV pinned Bryan Makor 3:09; 130 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV won by forfeit; 135 - Clint Bradbury HAV dec Casey Cook 2-0; 140 - Brooks Kmetz MC dec Philip Sutherland 12-4; 145 - Aaron Olson HAV dec Ty Nelson 4-2; 152 - Ladden Scheeler MC pinned Jeff Crawford 1:06; 160 - Jimmy Harding MC pinned Logan Gjesdal 2:33; 171 - Evan Hinebauch HAV won by forfeit; 189 - Chris Buskirk HAV pinned Feliz Horacek 0:57; 215 - Cody Seely HAV dec Caleb Evans 9-1; 275 - Matt Schnittgen HAV pinned Zac Brockway 0:47.
Libby 42, Havre 36
98 - Ryan Shelstad HAV pinned Levi Edwards Myslicki 2:45; 105 - Myles Mazurkiewicz HAV pinned Logan Ricke 0:49; 112 - Chad Ranes HAV pinned Ben Elliott 0:51; 119 - Loren Nelson LIB dec Billy Wagner 6-5; 125 - Boomer Peek LIB pinned Nate Harada 4:59; 130 - Beau LaSalle HAV dec Andrew Elliot 10-2; 135 - Ethan Hinebauch HAV pinned Porter Nelson 1:53; 140 - Matt Roberts LIB pinned Philip Sutherland 2:32; 145 - Seth Cummings LIB pinned Aaron Olson 0:27; 152 - Steve Bertelsen LIB pinned Jeff Crawford 1:01; 160 - Reece Gassett LIB pinned Logan Gjesdal 0:19; 171 - Evan Hinebauch LIB dec. Jake Spencer 7-5; 189 - Jacob Graham LIB pinned Chris Buskirk 0:47; 215 - Travis Hjort LIB pinned Cody Seely 1:50; 275 - Matt Schnittgen H won by forfeit.