The Havre Blue Ponies weren’t the only wrestling team that looked sharp at last weekend’s Cut Bank Invitational. Several Hi-Line teams posted good results as well.
The annual Cut Bank Invite, held Friday-Saturday saw the Class B Harlem Wildcats finish fifth with 109 points, while the Chinook Sugarbeeters placed 11th with a solid 63 points. The Big Sandy Pioneers also scored 13 points, while the Chester/J-I Hawks scored 11.
Harlem has been a powerful program all season, but the Wildcats really flexed their muscles in Cut Bank, finishing behind only champion Havre, Class AA powers Great Falls High and CMR and Class B’s top-ranked Choteau.
The Wildcats crowned two champions at the tough Cut Bank tourney, as both Shay Snider and Teague Jones went undefeated. Snider beat Havre’s Dylan Stewart 6-0 in the 126-pound title match, while Jones knocked off GFH star Tommy McMillen 7-5 in the 132-pound title match. McMillen is expected to contend for a AA state championship this season, so it was a huge win for Jones.
Seth Adams also finished third for the Wildcats. He beat Shelby’s Streeter Stirling by pin in the 220-pound consolation final. Brendan Johnson paced fourth for Harlem at 145 pounds, losing to Cut Bank’s Reid VandenBos in the consolation final, while Trent Noel finished sixth at heavyweight.
It was a good showing for the Chinook Sugarbeeters as well. The Beeters don’t have the depth to keep up in the team race at a tourney like Cut Bank, but a pair of Chinook individuals shined. Freshman Tate Niederegger made it all the way to the 120-pound championship match, where he lost a grueling 15-10 decision to GFH’s Kenton Evans. Donovan Moon also paced the Beeters. At 113 pounds, Moon placed fifth, defeating Glasgow’s Kasey Seyfert in the fifth-sixth place match.
All area wrestling teams will be back in action Thursday in Big Sandy and at the Choteau Classic Friday and Saturday.