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Chiefs have off week on mats, but go 5-1

LEWISTOWN — The Ronan Chiefs went 5-1 in wrestling duals last week, but it was a week they’d like to have over.

Although they won a dual in Columbia Falls 45-39 and went 4-1 in duals at the Central A Duals in Lewistown Friday and Saturday, the Chiefs didn’t look their best, according to their coaches.

“We didn’t have our best weekend of the year, that’s for sure. We looked really flat,” head coach Dustyn Azure said. “It might be because of all the travelling. But, all the way from 98 to heavyweight we didn’t look like ourselves.”

In Lewistown on Friday, Ronan beat Butte Central 66-5 before falling to Laurel 57-28. On Saturday the Chiefs edged Lewistown 38-33, beat Hardin 37-25 and nipped Miles City 42-39.

Azure was less interested in winning duals as he was how his kids wrestled. And he believes they should have wrestled much closer to their ability.

“We did get some good things out of the trip. We got to see some kids from the other side of the state and Cameron (Neiss) and Toby (Cheff) went undefeated,” Azure offered. “Our kids that lost know what they need to work on now. And the kids who won gained some confidence. We went into the tournament knowing it would be tough to place high because of the forfeits we gave up. But there’s no excuse for the way that we wrestled.”

Second-ranked Micky Cheff had a tough loss to Laurel’s Dylan Kramer in a 3-2 decision. Kramer is ranked number three in the state.

“Micky lost to a kid that he shouldn’t have lost to ... and in the next match he wrestled really well against Miles City’s Shane Cooley,” Azure said. Colley is the defending state champ at 145, but Micky “looked like the old Micky,” according to the coach. “He moved a lot and took shot after shot. If he wrestles like that the rest of the way, he’ll do very well.”

The Chiefs finish up the regular season with a dual at Whitefish Tuesday, followed by a final dual against Polson in Ronan for Senior Night, with matches starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, they’ll take a weekend off before heading into next week’s divisional tournament in Polson.

“We’ll finally have a weekend. That will be a good chance for everyone to heal up their wounds and get ready to do battle at divisionals and state,” Azure noted.

Ronan’s lineup is fairly set, though the Chiefs may not get Dilan Starkel back, who hurt his knee last week and who was wrestling at 135 pounds.

“We’re not sure if he’s coming back or not. We’ll find out this week after he goes to the doctor,” Azure said. “That one will hurt us ... it will be tough if we lose him. We’ve been wrestling without him for two weeks, but we’ve got some kids that will have to step it up. We’ve just got to work on putting more than one move together ... last week we’d do one move and then stop. We’ve got to put ‘em all together.”



Ronan 45, Columbia Falls 39

98 - Seth McCall, CF, pinned Lukas Conklin, 4:44;
112 - Sal Baccaro, CF, dec. Andrew Teigan, 5-0;
119 - C. Falls won by forfeit;
125 - Adam Richardson, CF, pinned Kyle Lawson, 4:49;
130 - Cameron Neiss, R, won by forfeit;
135 - Shelby Grant, R, dec. Kohl Thompson, 7-4;
140 - Alex Greenfield, R, pinned Cody Hader, 3:06;
145 - Ronan won by forfeit;
152 - Micky Cheff, R, pinned Billy Gross, 3:06;
160 - Cole McArthur, R, pinned Joe Gross, 5:47;
171 - C. Falls won by forfeit;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, pinned Marcus Ross, :27;
215 - Colby Roberts, R, pinned Jacob Babcock, 1:05;
Hwt - C. Falls won by forfeit.


Central A Duals


Jan. 22-23, 2010


Ronan 66, Butte Central 5

145 - Kevin Cox, BC, tech. fall Dustin Goldsby, 15-0;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, pinned Andrew Helming, 1:36.
Ronan won all the remaining matches by forfeit.


Laurel 57, Ronan 28

98 - Karson Kuller, L, pinned Lukas Conklin, 1:04;
112 - Kolter Kuller, L, pinned Andrew Teigan, 2:29;
125 - Austin Cannon, L, pinned Kyle Lawson, :44;
140 - Tommy Cooper, L, pined Alex Greenfield, 3:27;
152 - Dylan Kramer, L, dec. Micky Cheff, 3-2;
160 - Cole McArthur, R, dec. Cole Perrigo, 15-7;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, pinned Austin Hergenrider, :33;
215 - Austin Boucher, L, pinned Colby Roberts, 5:36;
Hwt - Cody Stone-Murphy, L, pinned Aaron Yazzie-Whitworth, :38;
Ronan won 130 and 135 by forfeit.
Laurel won 103, 119, 145 and 171 by forfeit.



Ronan 38, Lewistown 33

98 - Lukas Conklin, R, won by forfeit;
105 - open;
112 - Andrew Tiegan, R, won by forfeit;
119 - John Chamberlin, L, won by forfeit;
125 - Kyle Lawson, R, pinned Dylan Kelly, 4:22;
130 - Jim Malone, L, dec. Shelby Grant, 12-6;
135 - Cameron Neiss, R, tech. fall Jerime Granot, 17-1;
140 - Dexter Trask, L, pinned Alex Greenfield, 2:56;
145 - Ryan Martin, L, pinned Dustin Goldsby, 3:04;
152 - Micky Cheff, R, dec. Rex Martin, 4-3;
160 - Connor Malone, L, dec. Cole McArthur, 4-2;
171 - Styles Moody, L, won by forfeit;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, pinned Devin Alaers, :53;
215 - Colby Roberts, R, won by forfeit;
Hwt - Michael Grace, L, dec. Aaron Yazzie-Whitworth, 8-2.


Ronan 37, Hardin 25

98 - Lukas Conklin, R, d. Cole Campbell, 7-6;
105 - open;
112 - Austin Gifford, H, d. Andrew Tiegan, 11-9;
119 - open;
125 - Jordan Deip, H, tech. fall Kyle Lawson, 16-0;
130 - Kelby Dorn, H, maj. dec. Shelby Grant, 15-5;
135 - Cameron Neiss, R, pinned Morgan Manolis, 3:44;
140 - Matt Fortune, H, pinned Alex Greenfield, 3:31;
145 - Dustin Goldsby, R, pinned Steven Schwend, 3:46;
152 - Micky Cheff, R, tech. fall Gordon Gifford, 19-4;
160 - Cole McArthur, R, pinned Rayce Greenfield, 3:23;
171 - open;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, won by forfeit;
215 - Jayme Hafemann, H, pinned Colby Roberts, 3:13;
Hwt - Tyler Noyes, H, pinned Aaron Yazzie-Whitworth, 3:26.


Ronan 42, Miles City 39

98 - Dalton Niege, MC, maj. dec. Lukas Conklin, 12-3;
105 - Dakota Kountz, MC, won by forfeit;
112 - Andrew Teigan, R, won by forfeit;
119 - Shawn Liedholt, MC, won by forfeit;
125 - Robert Naleawea, MC, pinned Kyle Lawson, 5:06;
130 - Cameron Neiss, R, pinned Marty Etchemendy, 3:12;
135 - Shelby Grant, R, won by forfeit;
140 - Alex Greenfield, R, won by forfeit;
145 - open;
152 - Micky Cheff, R, pinned Shane Cooley, 5:55;
160 - Cole McArthur, R, pinned Brendan Williams, 1:22;
171 - Bobby Jackson, MC, won by forfeit;
189 - Toby Cheff, R, won by forfeit;
215 - George Kaderis, MC, pinned Colby Roberts, 4:50;
Hwt - Chris Kurkoski, MC, tech. fall Aaron Yazzie-Whitworth, 15-0.

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