The Shelby Coyotes participated in their first matches of the season this past weekend at the Cascade Badger Invitational.
The Coyotes only fielded three wrestlers for the tournament: Tabris Correa a freshman at 138lbs, Tyler Larson a sophomore at 145lbs, and Matthew Riehl a freshman at 182lbs. Absent from the team was Scott Whitson (120lbs), Wyatt Brusven (145lbs) and Gavin Gristy at 170lbs.
The tournament started out with promising results in the pigtail round. Tabris Correa recorded his first varsity win by winning by fall over Ian Miller of Powell County in 3:14. Tyler Larson also recorded a win by fall in 1:13 over Luke Vanvolsem of Broadwater.
In the following round, Correa would be defeated by fall in 3:50 by John Brock of Anaconda. Larson would continue his winning ways by defeating Watson Snyder of Choteau by fall in 1:17. Matthew Riehl would get his first taste of varsity competition at 182lbs against Kale Larson of Conrad. Riehl would lose the bout by fall in :42.
Correa would then end his day early by being defeated in :17 by Riley Peirce of Great Falls High. Tabris would then go on to win two exhibition matches later that day.
Matthew Riehl shook off his early round loss and refused to go quietly. He would get a win by fall against Ethan Hoff of Broadwater in :51 and then another win by fall against Zeke Ayala of Capital High in 2:31. This placed Matt in the quarter-finals against Derek Nygaard of Jefferson County. Riehl would lose the bout by fall in :52. Riehl went on to go 1-1 in exhibition matches.
Tyler Larson had his eye on the prize at 145lbs. After winning his first two matches, Larson would face Brenden Hensley in the quarter-finals and would win by fall in 1:17 placing him in the quarterfinals against Ty Steele of Broadwater. Larson would lose the match by fall in 2:16. Steele would eventually win the weight class. Larson would then face top-seeded Conner Goddard in the consolation bracket. Larson would lose the bout by fall in :46. This put Larson in the 5th/6th consolation championship against 2nd-seeded Will Lane of Broadwater. Larson would win the match, taking 5th place, by decision 9-7 in a very exciting match.