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Ronan hosts annual duals wrestling tournament

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RONAN — The week closed with a flurry of prep wrestling action for Mission Valley area teams during a weekend tournament in Ronan. 

Mission-Charlo Bulldogs, Polson Pirates and host Ronan Chiefs joined 15 Western Montana schools during the Annual Dave Edington Western Montana Duals Wrestling Tournament held at the Ronan Event Center. 

On Friday, Ronan placed second in the team duals bracket falling 48-21 to Frenchtown High School. Ronan reached the championship round by defeating Deer Lodge 72-0, Libby 44-24 and Columbia Falls 35-34.  

Mission/Charlo finished ninth with wins against East Helena (42-12), Polson (48-21), Plains / Hot Springs (42-30) and a 42-27 loss to Townsend.

Polson placed 12th with a 36-30 over Browning and two losses to Flathead 70-6 and Mission/Charlo 48-21.

In the individual brackets on Saturday, Ridge Cote, James Kenelty and Landon Bishop all brought home championship hardware for the Chiefs.

Cote won the 113-pound weight class by a 9-2 decision over Frenchtown’s Ryder Hansen, while James Kenelty won the 126-pound weight class by a 10-8 decision over his Bigfork opponent and Landon Bishop won the 145-pound weight class by decision over Frenchtown’s Zane Martin 4-3.

Also for the Chiefs, Max Morency (285) finished second, Koda King (132) placed third and Ian Dillard (103) finished sixth. 

Fortino Silva (138), Caleb Cheff (152) and Tristan Fisher (170) all placed fourth for Ronan.

Tirza Two-Teeth (205) held up the championship trophy for the Maidens followed by second place finishes by Saellah Hugs (103) and Juliette Cheff (126). Maiden Katie Dolence (132) placed third.

For the Pirates, Ryley Knutson (103) finished third, Braedon Iliff (103) placed fourth, Micah Craig (126) finished fifth and Lady Pirate Maddilyn Huffine (120) finished sixth.

Canyon Sargent was the top finisher for the Mission Bulldogs claiming a second place in the 170-pound weight class followed by Kody Dillard (103), Isaiah Fields (132), Chance Bockman (160) and George Ranney (182) who all finished in fifth place in their respective weight classes.


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