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POLSON — The Mission Valley wrestling teams traveled up to Polson for the 2022 Owen Invitational Tournament, with multiple local wrestlers taking top prizes in their weight classes.
The Ronan Chiefs and Maidens made out best in the tournament with six first place finishes for the team. In the boys 120 pound division, Ridge Cote took first place winning all four of his matches by fall. Koda King had four wins by fall as well, winning the boys 145 pound division handily. On the Maidens side, Tirza Two-Teeth took first in the 235 pound division, while Bryn Courville won the 132 pound division over teammate Katie Dolence who took second. Juliette Cheff won the 126 pound division and Skyla Nielson took home the 120 pound top spot.
For the rest of the team, Landon Bishop (boys 160) and Destiney Finley (girls 120) took second place. August Courville (boys 113), LouRasia Weatherwax (girls 138) and Landyn Hughes (girl 132) all finished fourth. Will James Courville (boys 152), Shalayla Wall (girls 165) Ian Dillard (boys 103) took fifth, while Thomas Dillard (boys 103) took sixth.
The Polson Pirates’ Pepper Featherston was the team’s top performer with her second place finish in the girls 185 pound division. Siri Nice (girls 100), Maddilyn Huffine (girls 120), Abigail Sorrell (girls 152) and Venessa Wheeler (girls 165) all finished in the podium places taking third. Sage Allison (girls 165) and Jaren Keene were able to take fourth places. Ariella Mihara (girls 120), Shyloh Huffine (girls 126), Cely DeBruin (girls 132) and Brylie Reum (girls 138) all took sixth places.
Mission-Charlo’s Canyon Sargent took first overall in the competitive boys 170 pound division, beating Hamilton’s Andrew Frederick by fall after only 43 seconds. Sargent won all five of his matches very convincingly, with 4 wins being by fall and one being a forfeit due to injury.