It’s been a long time since Missoula Sentinel wrestler Jaydn Wilson had lost a match at his Spartans’ home tournament, the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic.
That’s three years to be exact. As he won his way into the semifinals of the 2014 addition of the tournament this weekend, the 37th such holding at Sentinel High School, he’d come to the spot where a freshman Wilson had been knocked off the championship path. In between were more than 15 wins.
But that streak came to an end in Saturday’s semifinals.Wrestling Clarkston (WA) big man Dylan Beeler at 220 pounds, Wilson owned a 3-1 advantage with moments left in the third and final period. Beeler got the upper hand and scored a two-point takedown to tie things up with five seconds remaining in the period.
The boys battled to a stalemate through the first minute-long overtime and went to a second. With Beeler starting from the down position, he pulled away for an escape and even scored another takedown in that 30 seconds to go up 6-3.
During Wilson’s turn in the down position in the second 30-second section, he failed to make up the ground and was even caught for what looked like a near-fall. Beeler could have tallied three more points with the near-fall as time expired but the match finished with that score and Wilson’s first loss in three years of Jug Beck matches.
But the Sentinel senior didn’t let it get him down. He followed his two Jug Beck championships with a bronze in this year’s event. He pinned Helena Capital’s Dillon Coffman in the consolation semis and then beat Mead’s Mason Ju 7-2 in the consolation championship.
The Spartans’ most dominant wrestler improved his record to 27-2 in matches held at the Classic.