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Havre grapplers face their toughest test yet

Blue Ponies head west to defend their title at the prestigious Tri-West Tournament


December 14, 2017

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre High senior Ryan Stewart finished second at 113 pounds in the 2016 Tri-State Tournament last season, helping the Blue Ponies win the team title along the way. Stewart and the Ponies return to Idaho this weekend for another shot at what is one of the biggest high school wrestling tournament's in the northwest.

Back in 2014, Havre High wrestling coach Scott Filius started taking his Blue Pony wrestling team to the Tri-State Wrestling Tournament in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to take part in one of the most challenging and prestigious wrestling invites in the Northwest.

Now, after his team gets ready to make its fourth trip to compete against the best teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Filius said the benefit to his program and his athletes has been significant.

"The first year that we went we took six kids," Filius said. "And I think five of them placed. All those kids that went that fi...

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