When most people think of Japanese wrestling, Sumo is the first discipline that comes to mind.
The island nation from Asia will have a chance to make Missoulians think twice next month when a team of 14 high-school aged wrestlers from Japan visit Big Sky High School on a wrestling cultural exchange trip.
The MHSA/Army National Guard Academic All-Team Award winners were announced Monday for the winter sports seasons.
The awards are given to the top three teams that exhibit outstanding academic achievement during the school year’s second quarter of play for each respective activity in each of the MHSA schools’ classification (AA, A, B and C). Member schools calculate their students’ accumulative grade point average for the award.
This season’s varsity winners with cumulative team GPA:
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.
After a decade and a half of dormancy, high school wrestling is coming back to Big Fork this school year.
As long as the appropriate funds are raised that is.
Bigfork High School voted last week to add wrestling as a competitive sport for its enrolled students with plans for a team to be added for the upcoming 2013-14 school year. But without available money from the district to fund the sport, the new Vikings team must raise the sum itself. Continue reading
The Montana Coaches Association has named its Coaches of the Year for the winter sports season.
Missoula Hellgate’s Jeff Hays, AA boys’ basketball coach; Missoula Sentinel’s Karen Deden, AA girls’ basketball coach, Hellgate’s Helena Houlihan, AA girls’ swimming co-coach; and Stevensville’s Keith Chambers, A boys’ basketball coach, were all selected. Continue reading
Here are a couple wrestling polls that are compiled and sent out weekly by coaches. We get the Class B-C poll weekly from Glasgow coach Byron Hallock, and I’m not at all sure who cranks out the Class A each week. The AA poll has been more inconsistent, but when we get it, we’ll post it here.
Congrats to Shelby Grant, Ronan’s 160-pounder; St. Ignatius (and Charlo) 171-pounder Jacen Peterson, who is No. 1 in Class B-C; In Class A, local wrestlers Shawn Roberts of Columbia Falls (112) and Wolf Zink of Whitefish (heavyweight) are top ranked.
Here are the polls:
Class A poll
Team — Sidney, Havre, Belgrade, Glendive, Frenchtown, Anaconda, Polson, Hardin, Lewistown, Corvallis.
98 — K. Kennelly, Havre; Clay Stillwagon, Butte Central; Claton Carter, Laurel; Caleb Bignell, Frenchtown; Wyatt Vanburen, Sidney; Thunder Morales, Polson.
105 — Ethan Graves, Sidney; Grasen Brenna, Havre; Cody Warner, Frenchtown; Pleninger, Havre; Carson Meyer, Anaconda; Cameron Linstead, Columbia Falls.
112 — Shawn Roberts, Columbia Falls; Zach Wall, Billings Central; Chase Conner, Corvallis; Layne Shafer, Sidney; Tyler Ishler, Frenchtown; Stewart, Havre.
119 — Gres Jones, Sidney; Hunter Grover, Lewistown; Carlos Quinones, Polson; Dakota Erickson, Belgrade; Josh Venema, Corvallis; Kyle Lubke, Hamilton.
125 — J. Deegan, Belgrade; Trei Bullock, Lewistown; Zack Crase, Libby; Ryan Chatterton, Sidney; Gunner Fairbanks, Corvallis; Matt Bodish, Anaconda.
130 — Dillon Tennant, Glendive; Karson Kukes, Laurel; Thomas Gruber, Havre; Tyler Forcella, Glendive; Josiah Osborne, Columbia Falls; Johnson, Belgrade.
135 — Bryce Weatherston, Belgrade; Cody Lemon, Frenchtown; Mitch Haugen, Libby; Layne Lantis, Glendive; Mason Mavrinak, Anaconda; Jon Verlanic, Laurel.
140 — Jordan Stevens, Sidney; Dillon Beeler, Glendive; Craig Feistner, Polson; Keighton Svejkusky, Butte Central; Braden Dieziger, Lewistown; Chase Ramberg, Columbia Falls.
145 — Tyler Kinn, Glendive; Wyatt Lott, Corvallis; Keaton Sterling, Belgrade; Ricky Roach, Libby; Cody Johnson, Sidney; Rutherford, Browning.
152 –J. Malone, Lewistown; George Smith, Billings Central; Spencer Brost, Sidney; Zach Thompkins, Hamilton; Logan Fisher, Frenchtown; Levi Butkay, Hardin.
160 — K. Pickle, Belgrade; Cole Bilbrey, Glendive; Lane Boka, Dillon; Cody Christian, Sidney; Josh Bowers, Libby; J.T. Belcourt, Havre.
171 — Ethan Blythe, Lewistown; Ryder Peterson, Sidney; David Anderson, Frenchtown; J. Williams, Havre; Tyler Scheffer, Hamilton; Sean Getchell, Billings Central.
189 — Grant Pattison, Havre; Steve Keeten, Hardin; Dace Fisher, Sidney; Jaden Bryant, Belgrade; Colton Welhaven, Billings Central; Sam Gordan, Frenchtown.
215 — Sam Vanbeck, Belgrade; Tylor Adams, Havre; Bryce Wigert, Anaconda; James Wiedow, Corvallis; Joe Murdock, Hardin; Zak Dolezal, Libby.
Hwt — Wolf Zink, Whitefish; Cody Stone Murphy, Laurel; Donavan Hucke, Dillon; Jordan Zuraff, Frenchtown; R. Rutherford, Browning; B. Blumenshein, Belgrade.
Class B-C wrestling poll
Team rankings, Class B – 1, Forsyth; 2, Choteau; 3, Ronan; 4, Cut Bank; 5, Harlem; 6, Colstirp; 7, Baker; 8, Columbus-Absarokee; 9, St. Ignatius; 10, Eureka.
Team rankings, Class C – 1, Chinook; 2, Cascade-Simms; 3, Fort Benton; 4, Belt; 5, Big Sandy.
98 – 1, Lockwood, Broadus; 2, Johnson, Whitehall; 3, DeBruycker, Fort Benton; 4, Moon, Chinook; 5, Moore, Choteau; 6, Smith, Belt.
105 – 1, Martinez, Wolf Point; 2, Rhodes, Fairfield; 3, Parkin, Superior; 4, Reyling, Glasgow; 5, Schultz, St. Ignatius; 6, McArthur, Townsend.
112 – 1, Berkram, Cut Bank; 2, Snider, Harlem; 3, White, Eureka; 4, Norby, Chinook, 5, Snyder, Ronan; 6, Torgerson, Colstrip.
119 – 1, McDaniel, Forsyth; 2, Currier, Colstrip; 3, Durden, Eureka; 4, Schwope, Townsend; 5, Koening, Conrad; 6, Lawson, Florence.
125 – 1, M. Weber, Forsyth; 2, Jones, Harlem; 3, Kujala, Plains; 4, Giles, Fairfield; 5, Rhine, Ronan; 6, Rogers, Deer Lodge.
130 – 1, L. Weber, Forsyth; 2, Vermulum, Cut Bank; 3, Harmes, Forsyth; 4, Werdal, Choteau; 5, Meier, Columbus-Absarokee; 6, Goodwin, Plains.
135 – 1, French, Forsyth; 2, Smith, Cascade-Simms; 3, Trindle, Fort Benton; 4, Dumont, Ronan; 5, Stormer, Circle; 6, Kostelecky, Columbus-Absarokee.
140 – 1, Stone, Choteau; 2, Koenig, Baker; 3, N. Johnson, Cut Bank; 4, Benn, Ronan; 5, Gunderson, Thompson Falls; 6, R. Lesofski, Fairfield.
145 – 1, Nile, Forsyth; 2, Simanton, Malta; 3, French, Choteau; 4, Meier, Columbus-Absarokee; 5, A. Lesofski, Fairfield; 6, Lawson, Ronan.
152 – 1, L. Weber, Forsyth; 2, Denton, Ronan; 3, Croff, Belt; 4, Herring, Shepherd; 5, Jennings, Cut Bank; 6, Graf, Fairfield.
160 – 1, Grant, Ronan; 2, Melby, Baker; 3, Werdal, Choteau; 4, Plant, Arlee; 5, Durfee, Choteau; 6, Marcy, Forsyth.
171 – 1, Peterson, St. Ignatius; 2, French, Choteau; 3, Martin, Big Sandy; 4, Ridenhauer, Baker; 5, Carpenter, Shepherd; 6, Browning, Huntley Project.
189 – 1, Roberts, Ronan; 2, Cobbs, Florence; 3, Klingaman, Chinook; 4, Burshia, Poplar; 5, Hinojosa, Choteau; 6, Z. Rehm, Baker.
215 – 1, DeBruycker, Choteau; 2, Knows His Gun, Colstrip; 3, Sargent, St. Ignatius; 4, Lawson, Forsyth; 5, Adams, Harlem; 6, Hendrickson, Florence.
285 – 1, Yates, Colstrip; 2, Norick, Chester; 3, Nelson, Shelby; 4, Fisher, Shepherd; 5, Gorham, Plains; 6, Little Dog, Cut Bank.
Western Montana Melee
At Big Sky High School
Saturday, Feb. 25
Pee-Wee – 35
1 – Aidan Delude of East Helena Wrestling Club; 2 – Damen Furthmyre of Lil Copperheads; 3 – Gage Hartnell of Northern Montana Wrestling Club; 4 – Jacoby Baughman of Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling
Pee-Wee – 40
1 – Walker DesRoiser of Helena Wrestling Club; 2 – Jordan Sprague of Butte Wrestling; 3 – Tyler Fuschino of Eagle Wrestling Club; 4 – Eryn Evenson of Bozeman Mat Dogs; 5 – Trenton Hoveland of USA Cobra Montana Wrestling Club.
Pee-Wee – 45A
1 – Trey Hansen of Butte Wrestling; 2 – Bradley Wolfe of Lil Copperheads; 3 – Wyatt McCorkle of Championship Training; 4 – Matthew Marcille of East Helena Wrestling Club; 5 – Teegan Tybo of East Helena Wrestling Club; 6 – Layne Miller of Eagle Wrestling Club
Pee-Wee – 45B
1 – Colby Gordon of Butte Wrestling; 2 – Ayden Dess of East Helena Wrestling Club; 3 – Tytan Cooney of Eagle Wrestling Club; 4 – Jaiden Richards of Bozeman Mat Dogs; 5 – Zane Gehring of Helena Wrestling Club; 6 – Alex Grover of Lil Copperheads.
Pee-Wee – 45C
1 – Colton Smith of Team Real Life; 2 – Eli Oakland of Northern Montana Wrestling Club; 3 – Kage Smith of Eagle Wrestling Club; 4 – Killian Snarr of East Helena Wrestling Club; 5 – Jordan Richards of Bozeman Mat Dogs; 6 – Ryan Haidle of Eagle Wrestling Club.
Pee-Wee – 50
1 – Maverick Mcewen of Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling; 2 – Cael Mikalatos of Lil Copperheads; 3 – Tanner Collins of Eagle Wrestling Club; 4 – Pete Fuller of Eagle Wrestling Club; 5 – Nick Benson of Helena Wrestling Club; 6 – Liam Oie of Eagle Wrestling Club.
Pee-Wee – 55
1 – Garrett Boyle of East Helena Wrestling Club; 2 – Jake Bailey of Butte Wrestling.
Pee-Wee – 60+
1 – Calijah Larance of Eagle Wrestling Club; 2 – Mason Heard of Helena Wrestling Club
Bantam – 40
1 – Jt Gehring of Helena Wrestling Club; 2 – Colin Mccarthy of Eagle Wrestling Club.
Bantam – 45A
1 – Traic Fainter of Kalispell Wrestling Club; 2 – Caleb Martin of Helena Wrestling Club; 3 – Kahn Schlegel of Helena Wrestling Club; 4 – Nathan Butler of Eagle Wrestling Club; 5 – Kiernan Holbrock-borneman of Lil Copperheads; 6 – Mekhi Barnes of Northern Montana Wrestling Club.
Bantam – 45B
1 – Cooper Anderson of Dillon; 2 – Connor Pennington of Helena Wrestling Club; 3 – Sam D`amico of Eagle Wrestling Club; 4 – Keyan Coate of Helena Wrestling Club; 5 – Kristian Austin of Silver Bow Amateur Wrestling; 6 – Ayden Tafoya of Eagle Wrestling Club.
Bantam – 50A
1 – Francisco Ayala of Team Spartan; 2 – Leo Anderson of East Helena Wrestling Club; 3 – Alexzander Austin of Team Real Life; 4 – Brady Corn of Northern Montana Wrestling Club; 5 – Kamden Broesder of Helena Wrestling Club; 6 – Henry Ballinger of Helena Wrestling Club.