A young Shelby Coyote Wrestling squad traveled to the Rimrock MetraPark Arena in Billings this past weekend to compete in the MHSA State Championship Tournament.
Seven Coyotes graced the arena floor to see if they were able to compete with the best wrestlers the state of Montana has to offer. After a second place finish at the Northern B/C Divisional Tournament last week in Cut Bank, the sky was the limit.
Coach Thad White commented, “Our performance at the Divisional Tournament was outstanding but every wrestler’s record at the State Tournament is 0-0. Anything can happen. You have to go out with confidence and see yourself winning at these tournaments. A stage like the MetraPark can be a game-changer when it comes to nerves and performance. All of our wrestlers have competed in the Montana Open but the atmosphere is a lot different. It’s electric at state!”
Harold Miller (120lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Jake Meiers (Glasgow ) won by decision 6-5. Cons. Round 1 - Harold won by decision over Alleck Holloway (Whitehall) 3-1. Cons. Round 2 - Ashton Christman (Huntley Project) won by decision over Harold 8-4. Harold finished the season with a record of 36-14.
Chase Evans (120lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Camron Reilly (Forsyth) won by fall over Chase in 2:20. Cons. Round 1 - Cooper Cook (Columbus / Absarokee) won by fall over Chase in 0:56. Chase finished his season with a record of 10-20.
Tabris Correa (132lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Mike Wilkinson (Whitehall) won by decision over Tabris 5-2. Cons. Round 1 - Dalton Lecoe (Baker) won by fall over in 0:30. Tabris finished his season with a record of 31-18.
Cameron Brusven (145lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Cameron won by forfeit over Dylan Skoclich (Anaconda). Quarterfinal - Darwin Adams (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) won by fall over Cameron in 5:59. Cons. Round 2 - Colton Getz (Columbus / Absarokee) won by fall over Cameron in 1:47. Cam finished his season with a record of 33-21.
Tyler Larson (145lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Tyler won by fall over Eli Schreher (Cascade) in 3:14. Quarterfinal - Hank Dunn (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) won by fall over Tyler in 1:10. Cons. Round 2 – Tyler won by decision 10-3 over Isaiah Kovalsky (Superior / Alberton) . Cons. Round 3 - Andrew Andersen (Cut Bank) won by major decision over Larson 0-2. Tyler finished his season with a record of 27-21.
Coach White spoke about Larson, “Tyler came to wrestle. He always came up a little short being at the state tournament in the past. He seemed to always be in the toughest weight class and would lose a nail-biter in a rubber match in the consolation round. This year was different. He qualified for state and wanted to win some matches. He just keeps chipping away every season. He came up a little short of placing this year but I am confident in his demeanor for his senior year.”
Wyatt Brusven (152lbs) in the Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt won by fall over Dallen Hoover (Whitehall) in 4:10. Quarterfinal - Brusven won by major decision 14-4 over Kyler Hallock (Glasgow ). Semifinal - Wyatt won by decision 3-1 over Dylan Raihl (Columbus / Absarokee). 1st Place Match - Michael Weber (Forsyth) won by major decision over Wyatt Brusven 14-6. Wyatt finished the season with a record of 40-6.
Coach White spoke about Brusven, “Wyatt was ‘lights out’ this season and leading up to the state championship match. He wrestled as well as he could against Weber. We could sense some frustration coming from the Forsyth side of the mat. Although it didn’t turn out the way we wanted, there were some subtle victories that came from the championship match. As coaches and school, we can’t be more proud of Wyatt. His accomplishments and influence will resonate through our wrestling room and halls for many years to come.”
Jacob Kingsolver (HWT) in the Champ. Round 1 - Jacob won by fall over Steven Yother (Plains / Hot Springs) in 2:16). Quarterfinal - Terry Spotted Wolf (Colstrip) won by fall over Kingsolver in 1:40. Cons. Round 2 - Carter Beer (Columbus / Absarokee) won by fall over Jacob in 1:16.
Coach White concluded, “We are a young group. We will lose our senior leadership but will backfill with Larson and a great group of coachable returners. Our kids have fun together and bring a lot of excitement to each practice. That aspect alone keeps the coaches motivated to do more for the kids. We’ll allow the physical and emotional wounds of this season to heal for a few weeks but will start preparing for next season soon after.”