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Senior Night Destruction

Blue Ponies crush Sidney in home finale


January 18, 2017

Colin Thompson

Havre High senior Dane Flammond, right, holds down a Sidney opponent during his final match of his home career Tuesday night at the HHS gymnasium. The Blue Ponies throttled the Eagles 49-12.

For the final time this season and for some, the final time in their careers, the Havre Blue Ponies wrestled inside the HHS gymnasium Tuesday, taking on the Sidney Eagles.

Over the years, the two Eastern A rivals have had some great competitions, mostly coming at the state tournament. But this time, on senior night, Havre High dominated, winning the matchup going away, 49-13.

The night turned out to be especially memorable for the four Havre seniors, even though one of them, Jared Sienkowski, was unable to wrestle due to injury. Normally the team’s 205-pounder Jase Stokes, another senior, manned the heavyweight spot and got a pin over Ryan Horner in 1:27.

“They didn’t have anyone at 205,” Stokes said. “And Jared was hurt, so I moved up to heavyweight so I could get a match in on senior night.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Stokes added when asked about his final home match. “But when it does, it’s going to be pretty emotional. Pretty weird to think I will never be wrestling in this gym again.”

Like his fellow three-time state champion, Parker Filius also took care of business on senior night, dispatching of Jace Johnson, in just under a minute via pin to win six points in the 145-pound weight class. The other senior in action, Dane Flammond didn’t pin his opponent like Filius and Stokes, but won 15-0 in a technical fall over Jett Jones, in another display of dominance.

“It’s crazy just to know that over the years, all the matches I have wrestled in this gym,” Flammond said. “It’s just crazy to think this will be my last match, but it’s nice to go out with a win and leave with a good taste in my mouth.

“They have been doing this for four years,” HHS head coach Scott Filius said of his seniors. “It was the same as they have done in every match for the last four years.”

While the senior class took center stage, the Ponies had some other impressive performances in the dual, highlighted by the return of defending individual state champion Tyler Schaub, who wrestled at 182 pounds for the first time this season after suffering a knee injury last fall in football. Yet, the junior made it look easy as he beat Sawyer Thogersen of Sidney 12-1.

“First match of the year and he did alright,” Filius said. “He scored points and he wrestled the full six minutes, so I was happy with it.”

Lane Paulson, who wrestled at 120 pounds for Havre, also had a big night, knocking off Christian Dean, the top-ranked wrestler previously in the weight class, 10-6. Freshman Quinn Reno started the night off right for Havre with a 13-3 major decision over Kaiden Cline and at 113 pounds, Ryan Stewart beat Everett Jensen with a pin in 1:52.

The other victories for Havre came via Connor Harris at 132 pounds, as he pinned Ashton Swenson of Sidney in 19 seconds. Mason Dionne also earned a 10-4 decision over Avery Gurney at 152 pounds. The other Havre points came from Austin Ratliff, who got a win by forfeit at 205. Sidney got a forfeit at 138 pounds and also got a pin from Trevor Dean over Taylor Gopher at 170 pounds.

“Sidney has a good, young team,” Filius said. “Their 103-pounder is good, their 113 is good, their 182-pounder is a good kid. They are going to get better.”

Colin Thompson

HHS senior Jase Stokes, top, moved up to heavyweight and still got a pin during Tuesday night's dual against Sidney.

The Ponies will be back in action this Friday and Saturday in Belgrade for the annual Class A Duals. Havre has owned the tournament in recent years and will start its title defense on Friday against the likes of Hamilton, Dillon and Miles City.

Havre 49, Sidney 12

103 - Quinn Reno, HAV, 13-3 dec. Kaiden Cline, Sid; 113 - Ryan Stewart, HAV, pinned Everett Jensen, SID, 1:52; 120 - Lane Paulson, HAV, 10-6 dec. Christian Dean, SID; 132 - Connor Harris, HAV, pinned Ashton Swenson, SID, :19; 138 - Jace Winter, SID wins by forfeit; 145 - Parker Filius, HAV, pinned JeJace Johnson, SID, :58; 152 - Mason Dionne, HAV, dec. 10-4 Avery Gurney, SID; 160 - Dane Flammond, HAV tech fall 15-0 Jett Jones, SID; 170 - Trevor Dean, SID pinned Taylor Gopher, HAV, 2:24; 182 - Tyler Schuab, HAV, dec. 12-1 Sawyer Thogersen, SID; 205 - Austin Ratliff, HAV, wins by forfeit; HWT - Jase Stokes, HAV, pinned Ryn Horner, SID, 1:27.

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