Grapplers bring home divisional hardware
FRENCHTOWN — It was a busy weekend for local prep wrestlers as they hit the divisional tournaments mats in hopes of securing bracket spots at next weekend’s state tournament held in Billings.
On Saturday, the Ronan Chiefs secured 14 state berths and snagged a third-place finish as a team during the Western A Divisional Tournament hosted in Frenchtown.
At the end of the one-day tournament, Ridge Cote (113), Landon Bishop (145) and Tristan Fisher (170) were the last grapplers standing in their respective weight class.
Koy McAllister (126), Koda King (132) and Caleb Cheff (152) all posted runner-up finishes.
Max Morency (285) placed third, Ian Dillard (103) finished fourth, while Brady Hout (160), Issac Rodriguez (182) and Jackson Davis (285) each placed sixth.
Also for the Chiefs, Jamison Webster (170) finished seventh followed by both James Kenelty (126) and Peterson Watkins (145) in eighth place.
Ronan Maiden wrestlers Saellah Hugs (103), Juliette Cheff (126), Katie Dolence (132) and Tirza Two-Teeth (205) all qualified for bracket spots.
Ryley Knutson finished second at 103 pounds to lead the Polson Pirates during the Western A Divisional tournament.
Pirates Jaren Keene (170) placed fourth and Lincoln Burrough (205) nabbed seventh to qualify for next weekend’s state tournament.
Also headed to state is Lady Pirate Abigail Sorrell in the 145-weight class.
Mission / Charlo Bulldogs Canyon Sargent (170) placed fourth, Kody Dillard (103) finished seventh and both Charley Adams (152) and Deago Hostetler (182) placed eighth during their Western B/C Divisional held in Butte.
Also wrestling in Butte, Arlee Warrior RJ Knoll (160) finished seventh, and Brody Smith (113) placed eighth.