As the Havre High wrestling team gets deeper and deeper into the season, and as the competition seemingly grows more and more tough, the Blue Ponies continue to impress with each weekend of competition.
The latest event the Ponies turned in a solid performance at was the annual Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic in Missoula. The Central A Ponies were in Missoula Friday and Saturday, and outperformed the majority of the talent with a fourth-place finish, earning 152 points.
The Jug Beck is one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the state, and outside the state tournament, probably the toughest tournament the Ponies compete in all season long. And with schools like Corvallis, Bozeman, Missoula Sentinel, Helena High, Butte and Belgrade finishing behind the Ponies, this was a statement weekend for the Ponies. Great Falls High was first with 222 points, while Mead out of Spokane finished with 215 and Kalispell Glacier was third with 179 points.
“We were pleased with the weekend,” Havre high head coach Scott Filius said. “We beat all of the Class A schools over there, two Class AA schools and a great big school out of Spokane, it felt real good.
“This tournament told us that we are coming together and wrestling really well," he added. "I’ve got wrestlers like Grayson Brenna, Grant Pattison and Kameron Pribyl who are beating kids they have lost to previously, and turning matches around. Instead of losing in close ones, we are winning close ones, and we have been beat up and pinned early, and now we are beating up and pinning guys. We had a great weekend.”
Senior 152-pounder Eli Hinebauch had the biggest weekend for the Ponies.
Hinebauch was the only wrestler to reach the championship round for the Ponies. And not disappointing, Hinebauch defeated University High's Adrian Orndorff 4-0 in the finals. With the win, Hinebauch improved to 26-0 this season, as well as grabbed his fourth straight individual title at the 35-year old tournament. Hinebauch was just the fourth wrestler in the tournaments history to win four titles.
“That was pretty special,” Filius said. “But to be honest, he probably over wrestled. The kid he was wrestling was just trying to not get pinned and just kind of shelled up, and that led to kind of a boring match. We maybe tried a little too hard, the win was never in doubt, but it just wasn’t as exciting as Eli (Hinebauch) would have liked.”
Cole Mendenhall (140) of Great Falls High also grabbed his fourth individual title this weekend, making him just the fifth wrestler to do so in the tournament’s history.
But Hinebauch wasn’t the only successful wrestler for the Ponies, though he touted the lone title. Four HHS grapplers also wrestled their way into the third/fourth place matches, with Havre winning three of those.
Brenna (98), Pribyl (160), Pattison (171) and Casey Schaub (189) all made it to the third/fourth place round. And earning wins, Brenna earned won by an 8-6 decision, while Pribyl earned a 6-3 decision and Schaub earned a pin in just 42 seconds. Pattison lost in a 5-0 decision.
These matches were especially important for the Ponies in their fourth place finish. Packing as many kids into the finals is always important, but so is getting kids into any placing match. This was key over the weekend, and will be key later down the road at the state tournament.
“The match to get into the third and fourth place match is always hard,” Filius said. “Especially after losing in the semis. You have to battle back and wrestle to even get into the third and fourth place match, and those kids came storming back for us and had a good weekend.”
The Ponies added another solid outing to their already successful season, and are looking to keep improving moving forward. Friday and Saturday the Ponies will get back to the mats in Lewistown, when they attempt a team title at the Class A Duals.
Rocky Mountain Classic in Missoula
Team scores - Great Falls High 222, Mead 215, Kalispell Glacier 179, Havre 152, Corvallis 148, Bozeman 142, University High 140.5, Central Valley 128, Missoula Sentinel 119, Helena High 114, Butte 106.5, Belgrade 101, Coeur d'Alene High 90, Bonners Ferry 80, Polson 72.5, Columbia Falls 70, Missoula Big Sky 69, Helena Capital 68.5, Libby 66, Kalispell Flathead 64, Frenchtown 63, Lake City 58, Clarkston 44, Lewistown 43, Ronan 43, Great Falls CMR 36, Ferris 33, Missoula Hellgate 25, Hamilton 15.5, Superior 14.
98 - Vito Degidio, Boz, dec. Shonn Roberts, CF, 5-2; 105 - Casey Dobson, GFH, dec. Bryan Armstrong, But, 4-2; 112 - Josh Smart, GFH, dec. Dylan Schulte, Sent, 4-0; 119 - Gabe Schroeck, HH, pinned Kessler Leonard, GFH, 3:08; 125 - Bryce Weatherston, Bel, dec. Alex Markle, Cap, 4-2, OT; 130 - Blaine Invernon, BF, dec. Colton Orrino, CV, 5-3; 135 - Josh Morin, GFH, dec. Ryan Gabel, UHi, 3-1; 140 - Cole Mendenhall, GFH, pinned Travis Davis, Cor, 1:38; 145 - Jeremy Golding, Md, dec. Kyle Leir, Lib, 7-4; 152 - Eli Hinebauch, Hav, dec. Adrian Orndorff, UHi, 4-0; 160 - Chandler Rogers, Md, dec. Tanner Davis, CV, 8-3; 171 - Larry Francis, Flat, dec. Sam Voigtlaender, Md, 6-5; 189 - Jordan Rogers, Md, pinned Garrett Demers, CDA, 5:00; 215 - Jaydn Wilson, Sent, dec. Andreas Geranios, GFH, 8-3; Hwt - Tucker Erickson, HH, dec. Josiah Clairmont, Pol, 5-2.
98 - Grayson Brenna, Hav, dec. Jarren Komac, GFH, 8-6; 105 - Landon Bailey, HH, pinned Cody Decker, Gla, 2:39; 112 - Tyler Olsen, Cor, pinned AJ Konda, CDA, 1:51; 119 - Blake Beard, CV, dec. James DuBose, Cor, 5-4; 125 - Jordan Hegel, Sent, dec. Alek Mitchell, Gla, 1-0; 130 - Markus Kolp, Boz, pinned Kaleb Mitchell, Gla, 1:37; 135 - Hudson Staub, CDA, dec. Nick Wells, LC, 1-0; 140 - Tom Challeen, But, dec. Lucas Mantel, Gla, 7-4; 145 - Jim Malone, Lew, pinned Devan Williams, Cor, 2:17; 152 - Nate Partenfelder, LC, dec. Quincy Jessop, Cor, 7-0; 160 - Kameron Pribyl, Hav, dec. Riley Nagel, 6-3; 171 - Brock Beeler, Clk, dec. Grant Pattison, Hav, 5-0; 189 - Casey Schaub, Hav, pinned Keyten Andersen, Boz, :42; 215 - James Voltz, Md, dec. Darby Maier, BS, 10-8; Hwt - Dan Schoultz, CV, pinned Kyle Cosby, UHi, 3:31;
98 - Seth Dunn, UHi, dec. Demetri Koures, Hgt, 6-0; 105 - Max Peterson, Md, dec. Kwest Osborn, UHi, 7-4; 112 - Justin Conklin, BS, won by default over Glenn Hensley, Ftn; 119 - Zach Crace, Lib, pinned Tucker Schmidt, BS, 4:45; 125 - Craig Feistner, Pol, m. dec. Levi Renz, But, 8-0; 130 - Ethan Bristol, Bel, won by default over Brandon Edwards, Sent; 135 - Ty Johnston, Boz, dec. Cody Ishler, Ftn, 2-0; 140 - Luke Davenport, Sent, dec. Andrew Basinger, Md, 6-0; 145 - Cooper Sipe, Gla, dec. Dakota Schall, LC, 11-4; 152 - Derek McGrath, But, m. dec. Jake Gilbertson, Md, 10-2; 160 - Shane St. Onge, Gla, dec. Cole Gebhardt, Boz, 1-0; 171 - Riley Pisk, Gla, dec. Tyler Weaver, GFH, 1-0; 189 - Lane Armstrong, Gla, dec. Forest Fortney, Ham, 2-0; 215 - Jake Tudahl, Gla, pinned Jake Bernard, Cap, 2:13; Hwt - Drew Sharkey, Fer, dec. Mack Sutherland, Gla, 6-2.
98 - Degidio, Boz, pinned Brenna, Hav, 1:35; Roberts, CF, dec. Komac, GFH, 7-2; 105 - Dobson, GFH, pinned Peterson, Md, 3:36; Armstrong, But, dec. Bailey, HH, 3-0; 112 - Schulte, Sent, pinned Hensley, Ftn, 4:16; Smart, GFH, dec. Conklin, 6-5; 119 - Schroeck, HH, dec. Beard, CV, 3-1; Leonard, GFH, pinned Crace, Lib, 1:14; 125 - Markle, Cap, dec. Feistner, Pol, 2-1; Weatherston, Bel, dec. A. Mitchell, Gla, 3-2; 130 - Invernon, BF, dec. K. Mitchell, Gla, 6-0; Orrino, CV, dec. Kolp, Boz, 8-2; 135 - Gabel, UHi, dec. Staub, CDA, 6-1; Morin, GFH, dec. Johnston, Boz, 12-7; 140 - Mendenhall, GFH, pinned Challeen, But, 3:41; Davis, Cor, m. dec. Mantel, Gla, 12-2; 145 - Golding, Md, dec. Malone, Lew, 13-7; Leir, Lib, dec. Williams, Cor, 12-6; 152 - Hinebauch, Hav, pinned McGrath, But, 1:52; Orndorff, UHi, dec. Gilbertson, Md, 10-6; 160 - C. Rogers, Md, pinned Pribyl, Hav, 2:27; Davis, CV, dec. Gebhardt, Boz, 8-6; 171 - Francis, Flat, pinned Beeler, Clk, 6:27; Voigtlaender, Md, dec. Pisk, Gla, 3-0; 189 - J. Rogers, pinned Fortney, Ham, 1:10; Demers, CDA, pinned Schaub, Hav, 2:33; 215 - Geranios, GFH, pinned Tudahl, Gla, 4:41; Wilson, Sent, pinned Voltz, Md, :31; Hwt - Erickson, HH, pinned Schoultz, CV, 3:45; Clairmont, Pol, pinned Sutherland, Gla, :55.
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98 – Grayson Brenna (3rd)
first round – bye; second round – maj. dec. Brittan Ballard, MD 9-0; quarterfinals – dec. Koures Demetri, HGT, 10-5; semifinals – pinned by Vito Degidio, BOZ, 1:35; third/fourth – dec. Jarren Komac, GFH, 8-6.
105 – Dylan Stewart
first round – losty by dec., Casey Dobson, GFH 9-2.
119 – Dustin Seely
first round – lost by dec. Ghristian Knopp, GLA, 7-2.
130 – Thomas Gruber
first round – dec. Justin DuBoxe, COR 9-7; second round lost by dec. Kalev Mitchell, 2-0
135 – Riley Labuda
first round – pinned by Isiah Yates, CMR, 1:29
140 – Dillon Seely
first round – lost by maj. dec. Luke Davenport, SENT, 14-2
145 – Jordan Schroeder
first round – bye; second round – pinned by Kohl Thompson, CF, 4:45
152 – Eli Hinebauch (1st)
first round – bye; second round – pinned Jonathan mandy, HH, 1:18; quarterfinals – pinned Shelby Grant, RON, 1:59; semifinals – pinned Derek McGrath, BUTE, 1:52; finals – dec. Adrian Orndorff, UHI, 4-0.
160 – Kameron Pribyl (3rd)
first round – bye; second round – pinned Aaron Carpenter, GFH, 3:20; quarterfinals – maj. dec. Dylan Berget, LIB, 15-2; semifinals – pinned by C. Rogers, MD, 2:27; third/fourth place round – dec. Riley Nagel, 6-3.
171 – Grant Pattison (4th)
first round – pinned Austin Stannard, UHI, 3:45; second round – pinned Sawyer Depee, SENT, 2:58; quarterfinals – lost by dec. Brock Beeler, CLK, 5-1; third/fourth place match – lost by dec. Brock Beeler, CLK, 5-0
189 – Casey Schaub (3rd)
first round – pinned Ryan Sorenson, FER, :26; second round – pinned Monty Jessop, COR, :43; quarterfinals – pinned Carmen Krichbaum, BF, :54; semifinals – pinned by Garrett Demers, CDA, 2:33; third/fourth place match – pinned Keyten Andersen, BOZ, :42.
215 – Dustin Odegard
first round – pinned by Matt jams, CDA, 2:38
285 – Kolton Lodge
first round – pinned Morris McAlister, BF, 5:00; second round – dec. Bowen Smith, FLAT, 10-5; quarterfinals – pinned by Dan Schoultz, CV, 1:23.