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Pirates down rival Chiefs in wrestling matchup

POLSON – The rivalry between the Polson and Ronan high schools is nothing new. No matter the sport, you can find a spirited atmosphere with these two schools. An excellent example of this was Thursday evening’s wrestling dual between the Pirates and the Chiefs at the Polson High School gym.

The gym lights were dimmed low to put a focus on the wrestlers battling it out on the mats while fans from both schools were boisterous and energetic as several individual matches came down to quick pins and third period decisions. The match ended with the Pirates defeating the Chiefs 60-15.

“I felt we performed very well against Ronan,” said Polson wrestling coach Matt Owen. “In the couple of matches we lost, I felt our kids were competing and wrestling to win. All of the wrestlers who won came out very strong and controlled their matches. It is nice to see that we are being the aggressors and pushing the pace in the matches.”

The Pirates recorded 10 victories on Thursday with five of them winning by pin, including Jarod Farrier (132), Bridger Wenzel (152), Hunter Fritsch (170), Logan Adler (182) and Jasper Drake (285). Receiving forfeit wins were Rene Pierre (113), Kellen Norman (120), Dugan Davis (138), Caleb Pierre (145) and Garrett Croft (160).

“All of our seniors came out and wrestled really great matches. I could not be more proud of the season RJ Pierre, Jarod Farrier, Bridger Wenzel, Hunter Fritsch and Jasper Drake are putting together,” said Owen. “I am feeling really confident they will all have amazing finishes to their senior seasons.”

Winning for Ronan by pin was Justin Mays (205) and Trevor Bartel (103). Trapper McAllister (126) won by a 9-4 decision.

Both squads will be back on the mats on Friday and Saturday during the Western A Divisional Tournament in Butte.

“It is going to be a hard fought battle, but I feel like we have a team with the ability to win divisional,” said Owen. “Nothing is given to you in this sport, but I know our wrestlers are hungry for the postseason and we have the potential to do big things in the home stretch. Frenchtown, from our division, and Sidney and Havre all have great teams, and it will be a fun battle to see who can end up on top.”

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