A parade of Ponies on finals night

Five Havre High grapplers reached the biggest stage in Montana high school wrestling


February 11, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre senior Austin Ratliff, right, attacks Livingston's Shane Gibson during their 205-pound Class A championship match Saturday night in Billings. Ratliff fell just short in the match, but, placed for the first time in his Blue Pony career.

BILLINGS - When it comes to high school sports in Montana, few things compare to finals night inside the Metra at the All-Class state wrestling tournament.

In a showcase of the best wrestlers the state has to offer, the Rimrock Auto Arena was at capacity Saturday evening in Billings and the thousands that showed up, including plenty from Havre, were treated to a special night that saw three wrestlers, including Havre's own Martin Wilkie join the exclusive club of four-time state champions.

For Wilkie, it was a moment that has been in the making since his first victory on finals night bac...

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