BILLINGS — The Hi-Line is littered with some of the state’s top wrestlers, and after another state wrestling tournament was completed over the weekend, a handful of local wrestlers made that statement true yet again.
Friday and Saturday in Billings, Harlem, Chinook, Big Sandy and Chester/J-I competed at the Class B-C state wrestling tournament at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. The Class B Harlem Wildcats finished in ninth place overall with 84 points. The Chinook Sugarbeeters earned a No. 2 Class C finish with 49.5 points, which was 12th overall, while both the Class C Big Sandy Pioneers and Class C C/J-I Hawk finished No. 28 overall with 25 points each.
With their second-place finish over the weekend, the Beeters had an impressive season yet again.
In the seven years the Class C has been able to claim their own team titles, the Beeters have finished in the top two each season. The Beeters had won five straight Class C trophies prior to Saturday’s second-place finish to Fort Benton, and though Chinook didn’t finish on top, the program is still one of the best in the B-C ranks.
“Absolutely we are happy,” Chinook head coach Perry Miller said. “The kids wrestled hard and never quit on us. We brought seven freshmen and sophomores with us this weekend, and we have no complaints. They all scored points and we will be back.”
Rob Klingaman (189) and Donovan Moon (98) had the best individual results, as they both placed fifth. Moon went 3-2 on the weekend and earned a pin in 2:16 over Circle’s Cameron Flandland in the fifth-place match. Moon did well, winning twice on Friday to reach the semifinals before suffering his first loss. Klingaman, who finished second last season, went 4-2 on the weekend and also earned a pin in the fifth-place match. Klingaman pinned Austin Burshia of Poplar in 4:43. Klingaman, who was injured for much of the season, was beaten by eventual state champion Colby Roberts of Ronan in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Wyatt Brandal (130) also went 2-2 on the weekend, while Jake Norby (112) went 2-2, Geoff Qualls (135) and Jesse Dannels (160) went 1-2. Garrison Mitchell (98), Owen Powell (125), Ken Pruttis (145) and Kevin Young (189) all went 0-2.
“The young kids all wrestled very hard for us,” Miller said. “But Rob (Klingaman) came through for us. I realize it was a fifth-place finish and it wasn’t what he wanted, but we need senior leadership in order to bring those young kids along. They all wrestled hard, but Rob (Klingaman) and those seniors did what they needed to do to get us that second-place finish.”
Harlem knew it had a talented team this season, and a top-three finish wasn’t out of the question. But while the Wildcats housed a tough lineup, things just didn’t fall into place this weekend.
Harlem did get three kids wrestling on finals night, but all three grapplers lost tough matches in the championship round.
Shay Snider (112) was defeated 6-2 in the championship, while Teague Jones (125) lost 10-0 in the chipper. Seth Adams (215) also had a shot at a title, but fell to Owen DeBruycker of Choteau in 2:29. Snider, Jones, and Adams all went 3-1 in the two days.
T’Jay Allen (119) and Brenden Johnson (135) also went 2-2, while Gus Taylor (119) and Cody Blackcrow went 1-2. Denton Cornell (160) went 0-2 on the weekend.
“We had a good tournament overall,” Harlem head coach Lyle Faulkinberry said. “The kids wrestled well. I mean, I can’t complain because the kids did wrestle as well as they could, but it is just tough losing three championship matches.”
Big Sandy and C/J-I each got one top finisher, while also earning a handful of other wins.
Lane Martin (171) was the Pioneers’ top performer, finishing in fourth place and a 3-2 two-day record. Once in the third-place match, Martin suffered his second loss. Sheldon Ridenhower of Baker beat Martin 7-3. Jacob Schuster (140), Dusty Gasvoda (152), and Adrian Gasvoda (160) all went 1-2 in their matches.
For the Hawks, it was heavyweight Shalon Norick who finished in third place. Norick was 4-1 on the weekend and earned a pin over Malta/Saco/Whitewater’s Gerome Lamb in 2:40 to earn the third place finish. Erik Kelly (152) went 1-2, while Ryan Temple (130) and Wyatt Wickum (189) both went 0-2 for the Hawks.
Both Martin and Norick were semifinalists, each going 2-0 on Friday.
The B-C tournament came down to an exciting finish with Forsyth rallying to edge Choteau 202-201. The Dogies claimed their third straight state title. Colstrip was a distant third.
2013 Class B-C State Wrestling Results
Team scores – Forsyth 202, Choteau 201, Colstrip 127.5, Ronan 114.5, St. Ignatuis-Charlo 105.5, Columbus-Absarokee 94.5, Cut Bank 92.5, Baker 91, Harlem 84, Fort Benton 55, Whitehall 53, Chinook 49.5, Eureka 46.5, Plains-Hot Springs 46, Cascade-Simms 43, Superior 41.5, Glasgow 41, Malta 41, Huntley Project 37.5, Wolf Point 36.5, Fairfield 36, Thompson Falls 35, Conrad 34, Florence 33.5, Belt 28, Circle 27, Broadus 27, Big Sandy 25, Chester-Joplin-Inverness 25, Shepherd 25, Arlee 17.5, Deer Lodge 14, Poplar 13, Townsend 9, Shelby 8, Drummond-Philipsburg 4, Jefferson 0, Noxon 0.
98 - Jess Lockwood (BRO) def Brock Johnson (WHL), M-Dec 10-2; 105 - Anthony Parkin (SUP) def Morgan Schultz (STI), M-Dec 18-5; 112 - Kylan Berkram (CBH) def Shay Snider (HRM), Dec 6-2; 119 - Gage Currier (CLS) def Jake Hall (COL), M-Dec 13-5; 125 - Matthew Weber (FOR) def Teague Jones (HRM), M-Dec 10-0; 130 - J.J. Werdal (CHO) def Seth Currier (CLS), Dec 8-7; 135 - Luke Weber (FOR) def Quinn Trindle (FTB), Fall 1.54; 140 - Taylor French (FOR) def Trey Stone (CHO), Fall 1.20; 145 - Chris Nile (FOR) def Nolan Simanton (MAL), T-Fall 15-0; 152 - Brandon Weber (FOR) def Quentin Denton (RON), Dec 3-0; 160 - Cole Werdal (CHO) def Mason Melby (BAK), Dec 4-3; 171 - Jacen Petersen (STI) def Jake French (CHO), Dec 10-5; 189 - Colby Roberts (RON) def Tanner Cobbs (FLC), M-Dec 14-5; 215 - Owen DeBruycker (CHO) def Seth Adams (HRM), Fall 2.29; Hwt - Tucker Yates (CLS) def Ben Gorham (PLA), Fall 1.41.
98 - Trevor Moore (CHO) def Connor DeBruycker (FTB), M-Dec 12-3; 105 - Maestro Martinez (WPT) def Mick Reyling (GLA), Dec 5-3; 112 - Garrett White (EUR) def Jake Reinschmidt (WHL), Dec 7-0; 119 - Zach Durden (EUR) def Colt McDaniel (FOR), Dec 7-3; 125 - Russell Kujala (PLA) def Connor Rogers (DLG), Fall 4.49; 130 - Logan Harms (FOR) def Travis Vermulm (CBH), Dec 4-1; 135 - Rico Stormer (CIR) def Christian Smith (CAS), Dec 4-0; 140 - Tryston Kostelecky (COL) def Travis Koenig (BAK), Dec 6-4 ; 145 - Garrett Moritz (CON) def Justin Meier (COL), Dec 6-4; 152 - Hunter Croff (BLT) def Robert Jennings (CBH), Dec 4-1; 160 - Frank Marcy (FOR) def Shelby Grant (RON), Fall .50; 171 - Sheldon Ridenhower (BAK) def Lane Martin (BSY), Dec 7-3; 189 - Greg Hinojosa (CHO) def David Hopson (WPT), Dec 9-3; 215 - Barret Sargent (STI) def Lane KnowsHisGun (CLS), Dec 5-4; Hwt - Shalon Norick (CHE) def Gerome Lamb (MAL), Fall 2.40.
98 - Donovan Moon (CHK) def Cameron Flandland (CIR), Fall 2.16; 105 - Austin McArthur (TSD) def Robert Rhodes (FRF), Fall 2.42; 112 - Eli Walston (COL) def Lane Torgerson (CLS), Dec 10-4; 119 - Jamie Mullins (STI) def Jake Shawver (GLA), Fall 2.58; 125 - Jace Berkram (CBH) def Cache Giles (FRF), Dec 7-6; 130 - Bridger Lapierre (SUP) def PJ Ayers (FTB), T-Fall 15-0; 135 - Jonathan Wiseman (BAK) def Brandon Dumont (RON), Dec 8-3; 140 - Austin Blaede (CLS) def Ben Kountz (GLA), Fall 2.50; 145 - Kyle Lawson (RON) def Steeler French (CHO), Dec 5-0; 152 - Perry Woodland (CAS) def Goeff Gorham (SHP), M-Dec 11-0; 160 - Albert Plant (ARL) def Roman Lorance (CAS), Fall 1.59; 171 - Layne Durfee (CHO) def Kian Brown (HPH), Dec 8-3; 189 - Rob Klingaman (CHK) def Austin Burshia (POP), Fall 4.43; 215 - Emilo Bravo (STI) def Streeter Stirling (SHE), Fall 2.59; Hwt - Braxton Eubanks (TFS) def Che’ Little Dog (CBH), Fall 3.54.
Chinook Individual Results
98 – Donovan Moon (5th Place)
1st rd – pinned Jimmy Smith, BEL, 3:01; Quarterfinals – Pinned Cameron Flandland, CIR, 3:33; Semifinals – pinned by Brock Johnson, WH; 3:42; Consolation Semis – losy by dec. Trevor Moore, CHO, 8-5; Fifth-Sixth – pinned Cameron Flandland, CIR, 2:16.
98 – Garrison Mitchell
1st rd – pinned by Trevor Moore, CHO, :32; Consolation 1st rd – pinned by Parker Snyder, HP, 2:00.
112 – Jake Norby
1st rd – won by dec. Alex Johnson, WH, 11-7; Quarterfinals – lost by tech. fall Garrett White, TF, 15-0; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned Jace Rodgers, CAS, :37; Consolation 3rd rd – lost by dec. Lane Torgerson, COL, 4-2 in OT.
125 – Owen Powell
1st rd – pinned by Cache Giles, FF, 1:51; Consolation 1st rd – lost by maj. dec. Cody King, GLA, 14-6.
130 – Wyatt Brandel
1st rd – won by forfeit; Quarterfinals – pinned by J.J. Werdal, CHO, 4:43; Consolation 2dn rd – pinned Cody Perry, BAK, :59; Consolation 3rd rd – pinned by P.J. Ayers, FB, 1:28.
135 - Geoff Qualls
1st rd – lost by dec. Jarrett Pecora, EUR, 5-3; Consolation 1st rd – pinned Billy Raville, COL, 4:28; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by Brandon Dumont, RON, 1:42.
145 – Ken Pruttis
1st rd – pinned by Kyle Lawson, RON, 3:13; Consolation 1st rd – pinned by Zach Dunning, HP< 2:44.
160 – Jesse Dannels
1st rd – pinned by Frank Marcy, FYS, :21; Consolation 1st rd – pinned Gary Wadman, NOX, 2:59; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by Roman Lorance, CAS, 2:48.
189 – Rob Klingaman (5th Place)
1st rd – won by tech. fall Alfredo Meseguer, HP, 16-1; Quarterfinals – pinned by Colby Roberts, RON, 1:01; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned Cody Blackcrow, HAR, 2:12; Consolation 3rd rd – pinned John Garrahy, TF, 3:44; Consolation Semis – pinned by Greg Hinojosa, CHO, :53; Fifth-Sixth – pinned Austin Burshia, POP, 4:43.
Harlem Individual Results
112 – Shay Snider (2nd Place)
1st rd – pinned Jace Rodgers, CAS, 2:50; Quarterfinals – won by maj. dec. Cole Snyder, RON, 14-4; Semifinals – pinned Jake Reisnschmidt, WH, 3:22; Final – lost by dec. Kylan Berkram, CB, 6-2.
119 – T’Jay Allen
1st rd – won by inj. Def.’ Quarterfinals – pinned by Gage Currier, COL, 1:05; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned Gus Taylor, HAR, :24; Consolation 3rd rd – pinned by Jamie Mullins, STI, 2:42.
119 – Gus Taylor
1st rd – lost by dec. Jake Hall, COL, 7-0; Consolation 1st rd – pinned Zach Amsdon, BRO, 2:12; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by T’Jay Allen, HAR, :24.
125 — Teague Jones (2nd Place)
1st rd – pinned Steven Were, CHO, :14; Quarterfinals – pinned Jake Hentges, GLA, 1:37; Semifinals – won by maj. dec. Connor Rogers, DL, 9-0; Final – lost by maj. dec. Matthew Weber, FSY, 10-0.
135 – Brendan Johnson
1st rd – pinned Jake Lile, PLA, 1:04; Quarterfinals – pinned by Quinn Trindle, FB, 5:54; Consolation 2nd rd – won by dec. Reid Vandenbos, CB, 9-7; Consolation 3rd rd – pinned by Brandon Dumont, RON, 1:27.
160 – Denton Cornell
1st rd – pinned by Cody Beyers, BAK, :46; Consolation 1st rd – pinned by Braydon Beer, COL, 2:34.
189 – Cody Blackcrow
1st rd – pinned by David Hopson, WP, 5:25; Consolation 1st rd – won by dec. Travis Field, CHO, 5-0; Consolation 3rd rd – pinned by Rob Klingaman, CHI, 2:12.
215 – Seth Adams (2nd Place)
1st rd – pinned Jake Sessions, COL, 1:24; Quarterfinals – pinned Quinten Edeler, COL, 3:44; Semifinals – won by dec. Lance Knows His Gun, COL, 13-9; Finals – pinned by Owen DeBruckyer, CHO, 2:12.
Big Sandy Individual Results
140 – Jacob Schuster
1st rd – pinned by John Gunderson, TF, 1:56; Consolation 1st rd – pinned Ryan Lesofski, FF, 3:17; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by Conner Benn, RON, :59.
152 – Dusty Gasvoda
1st rd – won by dec. Joe Detienne, PLA, 8-7; Quarterfinals – pinned by Hunter Corff, BEL, 3:15; Consolation 2nd rd – lost by maj. dec. Geoff Gorham, SHP, 11-1.
160 – Adrian Gasvoda
1st rd – pinned Taylor Green, BRO, 3:24; Quarterfinals – lost by tech. fall Albert Plant, ARL, 15-0; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by Brandon Beer, COL, :24.
171 – Lane Martin (4th Place)
1st rd – pinned Quinn Coate, FSY, 1:07; Quarterfinals – pinned Davis Lawson, TF, 2:34; Semifinals – pinned by Jae French, CHO, 2:46; Consolation Semis – won by dec. Kian Brown, HP, 9-4; Consolation Final – lost by dec. Sheldon Ridenhower, BAK, 7-3.
Chester/J-I Individual Results
130 – Ryan Temple
1st rd – pinned by Bridger Lapierre, SUP, 1:07; Consolation 1st rd – pinned by P.J. Ayers, FB, 2:34.
152 – Erik Kelley
1st rd – pinned Steve Bravo, STI, 5:47; Quarterfinals – pinned by Brandon Weber, FSY, 1:30; Consolation 2nd rd – pinned by Kenny McCormick, CHO, 3:36.
189 – Wyatt Wickum
1st rd – pinned by Austin Burshia, POP, 2:14; Consolation 1st rd – pinned by Christian Cottingham, BEL, 2:18.
HWT – Shalon Norick (3rd Place)
1st rd – won by maj. dec. Lucas Dekker, SHP, 8-0; Quarterfinals – pinned Braxton Eubanks, TF, 4:51; Semifinals – pinned by Tucker Yates, COL, 1:15; Consolation Semis – pinned Che’ Little Dog, CB, 2:31; Consolation Final – pinned Jerome Lamb, MAL, 2:40.