Herculean Effort Propels Coyote Wrestlers To Second Place; Brusven Places First and Breaks School’s All-Time Win Record
Hard work and dedication came to fruition at the Northern B/C Divisional Tournament this past weekend in Cut Bank for the Coyote Wrestling squad. Ten wrestlers had multiple goals in mind. Individuals had their eyes set on a ticket to Billings and the team wanted to bring home some hardware. Wrestling hardware hasn’t graced the halls of Shelby High School in over a decade. At the end of the tournament, seven Coyotes punched their ticket to the state tournament in Billings, carried home a second-place trophy to be proudly displayed for all to see and a long-standing school record was broken. Coach Thad White commented, “It truly was a Herculean effort by our kids.”
The team was in good health and in great spirits as the bus departed early in the morning hours on Saturday. The scene was set for a showdown which included multiple seeded Coyotes: Harold Miller (120lbs) and Wyatt Brusven (152lbs) were seeded first in their weight classes, Tabris Correa (132lbs) forth seed, Cameron Brusven (145lbs) forth seed and Jacob Kingsolver (HWT) third seed.
Coach White spoke about the seeding, “We had two wrestlers at 120lbs, 132lbs, 145lbs, and 152lbs. Some wrestlers were seedable while others were not. This made for an interesting challenge setting up the brackets fairly and according to our divisional seeding by-laws. Our goal was to get the best seeds possible but separate our wrestlers so they didn’t have to wrestle each other and possibly eliminate one of our own. At the end of the day, it was a moot point.”
Individual placings include: Wyatt Brusven 1st place, Harold Miller and Jacob Kingsolver placed 2nd, Tabris Correa and Tyler Larson 3rd place, Chase Evans and Cameron Brusven 4th. The team tied for second place with Cut Bank. Malta took home the first place team trophy.
Individual matches went as follows:
Harold Miller won by fall over Zach Johnson of Harlem in :28, won by fall over Jay Nicholson of Malta/Whitewater in :30 and lost to Michael Leach of Simms in the championship match in a 5-3 decision.
Chase Evans won by fall over Darrius Longknife of Harlem in 3:34, lost to Micheal Leach of Simms by major decision 11-3, won by fall over Hunter Combs of Conrad in 4:21, won by fall over Jay Nicholson of Malta/Whitewater in 1:39 and lost to Kierrin Rooney of Cut Bank by fall in 2:14 in the consolation final.
Tabris Correa won by fall over John Hughes of Harlem in 2:37, lost to Kolter Schipman of Malta/Whitewater by fall in 3:44, won by fall over Garrett Pruttis of Chinook in :53 and won by decision over John Hughes of Harlem 5-4 in the consolation final.
Evan McCants lost to Cael Giles of Fairfield by decision 8-4, won by fall over Dallas Biggers of Conrad in 2:54, won by decision over Mariah Wahl of Cut Bank 7-5 and lost to Hughes by fall in 1:52.
Tyler Larson won by decision over Cameron Brusven of Shelby 3-1, lost to Callan Mears by fall in 1:37, won by decision over Bridger Gouchenour of Conrad 6-0 and won in sudden victory overtime by decision over Cameron Brusven 4-2.
Cameron Brusven won by fall over Herman Horetskyi of Simms in 3:59, lost to Tyler Larson by decision 3-1, won by fall over Raice Strand of Cut Bank in 2:30, won by fall over Colter Ball of Fort Benton/Big Sandy in 4:06, won by fall over Ross Reed of Chinook in sudden victory overtime and lost to Tyler Larson in sudden victory overtime 4-2.
Bryant Mertz lost to Austin Vanek of Cut Bank by fall in :28 and lost to Blaine Theilman of Simms by decision 7-4.
Wyatt Brusven won by fall over Gabe Perkins of Fort Benton/Big Sandy in :15, won by fall over Colten Barsness of Cut Bank in 2:31 and defeated Austin Vanek of Cut Bank by major decision 10-2 in the championship match. Wyatt broke the school win record of 131 wins previously held by Brent Thacker. Wyatt currently has 134 wins going into the state tournament. He is also chasing the single-season win record of 38 wins held by Rob Lee and Tim Whitney. He currently has 37 wins this season.
Matthew Riehl lost to Kolter Bouma of Fairfield by major decision 14-1, won by fall over Brock Hanford of Fort Benton/Big Sandy in 3:20 and lost to Cash Salsbery of Malta by decision 8-2.
Jacob Kingsolver received a bye in the first round, won by decision over Luke Lawless of Malta/Whitewater 11-4 and lost to Rueben Swenson of CJI by fall in 2:27.
Coach White continued by saying, “The coaches are extremely proud of our kids. Everyone came ready to wrestle and wrestled hard. We are a young team but have heart and great leadership from our lone senior in Wyatt. The team is focusing on Billings next week but the future is looking bright as well. The team is grateful to all of the fans that came to watch and cheer. Having so many people there to show us support made a huge difference in their performance.”
The team will travel to Billings for the MHSA State Tournament being held on Friday and Saturday.