Cut Bank played host of the annual Cut Bank Booster Invitational this past weekend. Twenty-three teams were in attendance from all over the Treasure State. The Shelby Coyotes brought eight wrestlers to the venue and walked away 15th in the team standings and placed three. Wyatt Evans placed sixth at 103, Harold Miller placed fourth at 145 and Ryan Simpson placed sixth at heavyweight.
Evans (103 lbs.) received a bye in round one, lost by fall to Nic DeShayes, of Cascade, in 2:22, won by fall over Ethan Geagal, of Great Falls, in 3:45, won by fall over Tate Hibbs, of CMR, in 2:56, lost to Ruben Nelson, of Circle, by fall in 1:56, and lost to Nic DeShayes by fall in the fifth/sixth place match in :33.
Miller (145 lbs.) was the fourth seed and received a bye in the first round, won by decision over Lane Snider, of Chinook, 4-2, won by decision over Shawn Gilkerson, of Malta, 7-5, lost to Roper Mycke, of Conrad, by major decision 12-1, won by decision again over Lane Snider, of Chinook, 6-2, and lost to Mathew Larson, of Cut Bank, by fall in 2:05 in the third/fourth place match.
Simpson (HWT) received a bye in the first round, defeated Zale Thomas, of Havre, by fall in 2:49, lost by fall to Wyatt Dunbar, of Chinook, in 1:17 in the semifinals, lost by decision 7-1 to Jeremy Gallagher, of Cut Bank, and lost to Jacob Major, of Choteau, by decision in the fifth/sixth place match 6-1.
“We have some work to do through the heart of the season,” said Coach Thad White. “Overall, our team is young and inexperienced, but the kids work hard and are eager to learn. The individual wins/losses don’t reflect the small battles our kids win on the mat every day. We’ll focus on the positives that come out of each match and fix the mistakes as they are made. The upperclassmen on the team have become great mentors and leaders of this group. They are always looking forward and try to evolve.”
Jace May (126 lbs.) was 0-2, Michael Migneault (132 lbs.) was 0-2, Ayden Davis (170 lbs.) went 1-2, Bryant Mertz (170 lbs.) went 1-2, and Donivan Bohman (205 lbs.) was 0-2 for the weekend.
The team will travel to Fairfield on Thursday for a mixer and then to the Choteau Classic on Friday and Saturday.
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