By KATHLEEN WOODFORD
For only the second time in 18 years, Superior High School hosted the Western B/C 2018 Divisional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3.
“We are pretty excited for the town and for our kids to showcase what we can do to our communities,” said Head Wrestling Coach, Charlie Crabb. “The Division has some of the top ranked wrestlers in the state as well at the number one ranked team.”
Crabb also predicted that it would be a very competitive weekend between the eight teams which proved to be the case when Eureka, Lincoln Co., took top honors with a team score of 209. Thompson Falls had 144; Florence-Carlton 135; St. Ignatius/Charlo 134; Superior/Alberton 105; Plains/Hot Springs 97.5; Arlee 59; and Bigfork 7.
Eureka’s Garrett Graves, who went into the tournament undefeated, kept his title and won the 182-pound bracket to advance to state with a 34-0 record. This was in addition to four teammates who also won at Divisionals, Gunner Smith, 113; Nathan Schmidt, 120; Hank Dunn, 132; Sam Johnson, 285.
Superior Athletic Director Chris Clairmont thanked all the teams who participated and said it was a great day of wrestling, “all of the kids composed themselves in ways that you would be very proud of which was an excellent representation of all of your schools.”
Crabb felt his team should have a good weekend going into the tournament, “we have been working hard all year and even though we are predominately freshman and sophomores I think we can make some noise and get a good bunch qualified for state next weekend. We have been improving and our practices have been really great all year and it’s time to finish the year off strong the next two weeks.”
During Saturday play, Clark Fork Mountain Cat, Trey Green, lost out on first place in the 170-pound class to Thompson Falls, Jase Sorenson. Cat, Mike Parkin took third in 126-pound over teammate, Wesley Buchanan. In 132-pound, Cat Hunter Haskins lost out in third place to St. Ignatius/Charlo Cole Gilleard.
Cat Isaiah Kovalsky, won third place in the 138-pound over Chance Muller from Eureka and Ryan Cahalin won fifth place in 152-pound over Thompson Falls, Dane Chojnachy. Also in fifth place, Cat Jesse Shaske won by forfeit over Thompson Falls, Sam Ostwald. At 285-pound, Evan Hall won over O’Maste Foster from Florence-Carlton for third.
103 1st Place Match - Roman Sparks (Thompson Falls) 23-8 won by fall over Jace Samsel (Arlee) 14-6 (Fall 0:57)
113 1st Place Match - Gunnar Smith (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 34-6 won by fall over Walker Murphy (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 18- 12 (Fall 1:39)
120 1st Place Match - Nathan Schmidt (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 36-5 won by decision over Kaleb Frank (Thompson Falls) 27-5 (Dec 9-6)
126 1st Place Match - Daniel Uli (Plains / Hot Springs) 39-1 won by decision over Bailey Weible (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 15-7 (Dec 10-4) 132 1st Place Match - Hank Dunn (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 21-5 won by fall over Josiah Vanderwall (Plains / Hot Springs) 39-2 (Fall 3:42)
138 1st Place Match - Avery Meinzen (Florence-Carlton) 32-5 won by fall over Darwin Adams (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 33-13 (Fall 3:19) 145 1st Place Match - Jethro Thorne (Florence-Carlton) 24-6 won by fall over Isaac Petz (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 21-15 (Fall 2:49)
152 1st Place Match - Peyton Irvine (Thompson Falls) 10-2 won by decision over James Fehr (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 14-6 (Dec 5-1)
160 1st Place Match - Kyler Alm (Florence-Carlton) 24-3 won by decision over Jonathan Schmidt (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 32-1 (Dec 3-2) 170 1st Place Match - Jase Sorenson (Thompson Falls) 24-1 won by fall over Trey Green (Superior / Alberton) 11-7 (Fall 2:56)
182 1st Place Match - Garrett Graves (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 31-0 won by fall over Spencer Jones (Florence-Carlton) 26-6 (Fall 3:52)
205 1st Place Match - Dakota Irvine (Thompson Falls) 11-6 won by decision over Austin Cooper (Thompson Falls) 19-6 (Dec 7- 0)
285 1st Place Match - Sam Johnson (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 22-11 won by fall over Chris Anderson (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 20- 15 (Fall 4:10)
103 3rd Place Match – Oliver Post (Florence-Carlton) 12-14 received a bye () (Bye) 5th Place Match - () received a bye () (Bye)
113 3rd Place Match - Garrett Jones (Thompson Falls) 18-7 won by fall over Peter Carey (Plains / Hot Springs) 21-19 (Fall 1:28) 5th Place Match - Austin Warren (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 9-16 received a bye () (Bye)
120 3rd Place Match - Conrad Vanderwall (Plains / Hot Springs) 28-10 won by decision over Kyle Durden (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 26-12 (Dec 7-2) 5th Place Match - Aaron Edens (Florence-Carlton) 11-26 received a bye () (Bye)
126 3rd Place Match - Mike Parkin (Superior / Alberton) 19-12 won by fall over Wesley Buchanan (Superior / Alberton) 10-14 (Fall 0:59) 5th Place Match - Nathan Ostwald (Thompson Falls) 17-19 won by fall over Robert Dempsey (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 13- 20 (Fall 3:52)
132 3rd Place Match - Cole Gilleard (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 31-14 won by fall over Hunter Haskins (Superior / Alberton) 10-19 (Fall 3:50) 5th Place Match - Colt Crawford (Arlee) 27-18 won by injury default over Jonny Chamberlin (Florence-Carlton) 17-17 (Inj. 0:00)
138 3rd Place Match - Isaiah Kovalsky (Superior / Alberton) 23-13 won by fall over Chance Muller (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 27-18 (Fall 2:45) 5th Place Match - Kanoa Palazzolo (Arlee) 5-22 won by fall over Elyse Pendlay (Bigfork) 1-3 (Fall 0:57)
145 3rd Place Match - Austin Stafford (Plains / Hot Springs) 34-11 won by fall over Anthony Dulac (Florence-Carlton) 7-12 (Fall 2:11) 5th Place Match - Noah Kinslow (Bigfork) 3-2 won by fall over Archie Brevik (Bigfork) 2-3 (Fall 2:58)
152 3rd Place Match - Skyler Titsworth (Arlee) 19-12 won by fall over Nathan Cargill (Lincoln Co. (Eureka)) 18-15 (Fall 1:25) 5th Place Match - Ryan Cahalin (Superior / Alberton) 10-14 won by decision over Dane Chojnachy (Thompson Falls) 3-18 (Dec 5-3)
160 3rd Place Match - Isaiah Alik (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 22-10 won by decision over Luke Lile (Plains / Hot Springs) 30-15 (Dec 5-2) 5th Place Match - Jesse Shaske (Superior / Alberton) 9-13 won by forfeit over Sam Ostwald (Thompson Falls) 22-18 (For.)
170 3rd Place Match - Dax Miller (Florence-Carlton) 19-6 won by fall over Miles Anderson (Saint Ignatius/Charlo) 25-12 (Fall 4:21) 5th Place Match - Zach Blomquist (Florence-Carlton) 8-14 won by forfeit over Kyle Cumming (Bigfork) 0-3 (For.)
182 3rd Place Match - George Shick (Arlee) 20-8 won by injury default over Gus Bosley (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 15-4 (Inj. 0:00) 5th Place Match - Laurenz Ehlers (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 1-12 received a bye () (Bye)
205 2/3/2018 Round Results 3rd Place Match - Lucas Wohltmann (Saint Ignatius / Charlo) 7-17 received a bye () (Bye) 5th Place Match - () received a bye () (Bye)
285 3rd Place Match - Evan Hall (Superior / Alberton) 6-16 won by fall over O`Maste Foster (Florence-Carlton) 2-20 (Fall 3:53) 5th Place Match - Steven Yother (Plains / Hot Springs) 2-30 received a bye () (Bye)