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Ronan sophomore earns state title

Area wrestlers place at State meet

BILLINGS – Ronan sophomore Noah Cheff (132) won his first state wrestling title by pinning Kameron Rauser of Townsend in just 14 seconds Saturday evening at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings.

Noah’s dad, coach Hap Cheff, said he was thankful for a healthy season. Last year his son was knocked unconscious on the mat, ending the season early and ruining Noah’s goal of being a four-time state champ.

“I’m thankful all the hard work he’s put in paid off,” Coach Cheff said, noting that the team did not fold under pressure against larger teams.

“Overall, we wrestled really well,” he said.

The Chiefs scored 120.5 points to earn third in the class B-C team standings with six wrestlers finishing in the top five. Hunter Peterson (126) placed third, Zane Walchuk (103) placed fourth and Caden Rhine (105), Owen Brown (120) and Tyler Houle (160) all placed fifth. Coach Cheff is confident Ronan will be competitive as they move into Class A next year, losing just two seniors.

Mission/Charlo Bulldogs scored 41.5 points to place 18th in the class B-C team standings. Bulldog Gus Bosley (182) placed third and Robert Dempsey (103) placed sixth. In Class A action, the Polson Pirates scored 109 points to tie Frenchtown for fifth place in the team standings.

For the Pirates, Parker Adler (138) and Hunter Fritsch (160) placed second, Bridger Wenzel (126) placed third, Kedrick Baker (103) and Cameron Brown (145) placed fourth and Mateo Quinones (113) placed fifth.

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