A young Shelby Coyote Wrestling Team traveled to Cascade for the annual Badger Invitational Tournament this past Friday not knowing what to expect out of their first competition.
Four freshmen, one sophomore and one junior were led by stand-alone senior Wyatt Brusven and an experienced junior Tyler Larson at the annual event. The young squad would have to test their mettle against many older and more experienced wrestlers from all over the Treasure State. By the end of Saturday, the battles were fought, wounds were licked and the nerves of early season wrestling were shaken. The young Coyotes proved they could hang with the big dogs by placing 7th out of 20 teams attending the early season event.
The result of hard work and dedication paid off. Five of the nine Shelby Wrestlers placed at the tournament and made a statement to their Northern B Divisional opponents.
Starting with Wyatt Brusven who placed 2nd in a tough 152lb bracket; his only loss came from returning state place winner and first seed Dylan Raihl of Columbus/Absarokee in the 152lb championship match. Wyatt finished 3-1 for the weekend and reached a milestone of his 100th win with his 3-2 decision over Riley Forcella of Whitehall in the semi-finals.
Tyler Larson was equally impressive in his performance at 152lbs. Tyler went 4-2 on the weekend and placed 4th. As a team captain, Tyler showed his ability to adapt to an early round loss and battle back to the consolation finals.
Matthew Riehl, a 205lb sophomore, was ready to show that he was ready to move on from his freshman year and start the season with a bang. Matthew went 4-1 on the weekend and placed 3rd with his only loss coming from senior Bryan Ballard of Choteau in the consolation finals.
Harold Miller, one of only a handful of freshmen at 126lbs, started the season on fire. Harold went 5-1 in a stacked bracket and defeated multiple upper-classmen on his way to the consolation finals. Harold won by a 7-3 decision over Trentin Walker of Whitehall to bring home 3rd place. Miller’s only loss came from the junior Tyler Skinner of Great Falls High who eventually won the weight class. 
Freshman Jacob Kingsolver wrestled heavyweight and posted a record of 3-2 placing 5th. Jacob won by fall over sophomore Jeremiah Mount of Harlem.
Cameron Brusven at 145lbs got his first varsity win and went 2-2 but did not place. The team will travel to Whitehall this Friday to participate in the Whitehall duals.