On the heels of the Choteau Classic last week, the Shelby Coyotes wrestling team continued to perform well at the Harlem Tournament on Saturday in what would turn out to be one of their busiest weeks of the season.
The young Coyote team built momentum during the week by competing at mixers in Fort Benton on Tuesday, Valier on Thursday and Chinook on Friday. The Coyote grapplers showed that they are starting to peak at the right time with Wyatt Brusven (160 lbs) and Harold Miller (120 lbs) placing 1st in their respective weight classes, Tabris Correa (132 lbs), Cameron Brusven (145 lbs) each placing 3rd and Jacob Kingsolver (HWT) placing 4th to bring the team to a 4th overall finish out of the twelve teams. Chase Evans (126 lbs), Evan McCants (138 lbs), Bryant Mertz (145 lbs), Tyler Larson (152 lbs), and Matthew Riehl (205 lbs) also made the trip for a great showing by the entire Coyote pack.
Harold Miller was the first seed at 120 lbs at the annual Wildcat Invitational. He received a first-round bye to meet Ben Anderson of Glasgow where he won by technical fall 16-0. In the semi-finals, he faced a scrappy Jazmin Gorder of Poplar. Miller won by fall in 5:20 placing him in the finals against Kierren Rooney of Cut Bank. Miller won the 120 lbs weight class by fall over Rooney in 3:23.
Wrestling at 160 lbs, Wyatt Brusven was also seeded first. In the quarter-finals, he handily defeated Sammy Brunelle of Poplar by fall in :16. Ty Kittleson of Glasgow was his next opponent in the semi-final match. Brusven made quick work of the Scottie winning by fall in 1:00. In the championship match, Wyatt would again win by fall over Favion Courturier of Chinook in 1:47.
Coach Thad White summed up the tournament by stating, “Our top seeds did their job all the way through the finals. Wyatt and Harold both went over 30 wins for the season this weekend. Wyatt is only a few matches away from beating the school record of 131 career wins. We also gained quite a few team points in the consolation rounds with Tabris Correa and Cameron Brusven each going 4-1, Matthew Riehl picked up a win and Jacob Kingsolver going 2-2. Each of the guys in the consolations showed a lot of heart on their way to placing. They ground out some close matches that could have gone either way.”
The team will finish up their regular season schedule at a mixer in Cut Bank on Thursday and Simms on Friday. The Divisional Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Cut Bank.