The short-handed but powerful Shelby Coyote Wrestlers were looking to make a statement this past week as they traveled to Fort Benton, the 40th Annual CMR Holiday Classic, and the Walt and Trudy Currie JV Tournament this past weekend.
Action started at Fort Benton on Thursday night for a multi-team mixer. Tabris Correa (132lbs) went 2-0, Tyler Larson (145lbs) split 1-1, Wyatt Brusven (145lbs) went 2-0, and Gavin Gristy (170lbs) went 0-3 in his wrestling debut.
The mixer was just a warm-up for the much anticipated 40th annual CMR Holiday Classic in Great Falls. The tournament boasted 54 teams from all over the Treasure State ranging from class C to AA. The 64 man brackets started competition Friday morning in a packed gymnasium at CMR High School.
Tabris Correa was the first Coyote to take to the mat facing Kellan Lowhon of CMR. Correa would lose the match by fall in 2:19. His next opponent would be Colton Liddle of Chinook where he would win by fall in 2:57. Working his way through the long road of the consolation bracket, Tabris would face Andrew Anderson of Cut Bank. Correa would end his day by fall in :28.
Wyatt Brusven, the #6 seed at 145lbs, after receiving a first-round bye would wrestle Ty Steele of Broadwater and win by decision 9-2. Dylan Skocilich of Anaconda was slated to be his next opponent and was defeated by Brusven in an 11-5 decision. In the quarter-finals, Wyatt would then face off with the #5 seed and familiar foe, Chance McLane of Bozeman. Brusven would lose the bout by major decision 12-2. McLane would eventually place 3rd at the tournament. On Saturday and day two of action, Brusven defeated Nathan Hader of Columbia Falls by decision 2-0 placing him in the consolation quarter-finals. As the competition began to tighten, Wyatt squared off with senior Cade Kay of Billings Skyview only to lose the bout by decision 7-3. Kay would eventually place 6th at the tournament. In the 7th/8th place consolation final, Brusven would face senior Seth Boyd of Billings West and win by decision 3-2 giving him 7th place at the tournament. Wyatt was also featured on the front page of Saturday’s sports section in the Great Falls Tribune for his most recent athletic accomplishments at Shelby.
Wrestling a weight class above his normal competition weight, Tyler Larson was paired with Cole Bradford of Helena Capital. Larson would loss the bout by fall in 1:05. In his first round of the consolation round, Tyler met up with Ronnie Barnhill of Conrad. Larson would win the battle by fall in 1:21. In a tough bracket laced with multiple upper-classmen and returning state place winners, Larson would advance to face Kameron Rauser of Broadwater. Not going down without a fight, Larson would lose to Rauser by fall in 2:34.
Taking advantage of hundreds of wrestlers in town, Great Falls High School hosts the Walt and Trudy Currie JV Tournament across town for wrestlers that don’t make it to the second day of the CMR competition. Not to be deceived by the guise of a JV title, the tournament had plenty of tough competitors entered in the event. Tabris, Tyler, and Gavin would make the trek across town to compete in the event and gain valuable mat time. Tabris would go 2-1 for the day and place 2nd in the freshman bracket at 132lbs. Tyler placed 4th in the upper-classman bracket and finish 3-2 for the day. Gavin Gristy got his first varsity win and subsequently, his first ever win as a wrestler at the event.
The Coyotes will host the Santa Showdown this Friday with action starting at 11 AM in the high school gymnasium.