Browning's Brendyn Whiteman, top, wrestles Hardin's Dante Pallone in the 205 pound Class A final during the MHSA State Wrestling tournament at First Interstate Arena in Billings on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.

Browning High School wrestler Brendyn Whiteman took the second place crown at the Billings Metra last weekend, setting his career’s high water mark in his junior year. Meanwhile, freshman Piita Fish made it to the sixth place spot on the winners’ podium, the two wrestlers from Browning to have emerged victorious.

“We did very well this weekend,” boys Coach Casey McDonald said. “The freshmen got lots of experience and got to see first hand the state tourney. One freshman [Piita Fish] placed which is awesome for his grade. We had two veterans come up short of their goals, but I’m still very proud of them. They did their best.”

At 103 pounds, Piita Fish won by a fall over Jaxson Sterling of Columbia Falls to make it to the finals, losing to Ryley Knutson of Polson in the fifth place match.

Prestin Connelly, La’Braun Shooter and Quentin Campos lost two matches and were out of the running at 113, 132 and 138 pounds respectively. Tahj Wells beat Brody Hardy of Frenchtown  to earn three points for Browning at 145, and Isaac Flamand earned three points at 152 by forfeit. David Sharp won by a fall over Wyatt Gregg of Libby/Troy to earn three points at 160.

Brendyn Whiteman won by a fall over Jackson Miller of Miles City in 2:50 in round one; then he won by a fall over Hesston Hinebauch of Billings in 3:01 in the quarterfinal. Whiteman won by a fall in 4:30 over Randy Tommerup of Havre in the semifinal, but lost to Dante Pallone of Hardin in a major 18-7 decision.

“We are a young team with nine freshman on the roster so we expect a better future ahead of us,” Coach McDonald said. “Our season may have ended, but we have off season tourneys we will be hitting and camps also. Wrestling is a lifestyle, not just a seasonal sport, so it’s never over. We will continue to keep pushing, progressing and evolving as a team and individuals.”

On the girls’ side, all eight competitors saw mat time and got experience at the state level. Sandra Augare scored the sole win among the Browning girls, winning by a fall in 2:32 over Morgan deManigold of Cut Bank.

“What a season!” said girls Coach Mike Burns. “To have the first-ever Lady Indians Wrestling was absolutely amazing. The ladies had a successful first year. Even though we didn’t have any placers at state we still have gotten way better and gained confidence for next year. I am extremely proud of the girls for finishing a long, demanding season. I expect the sport to only grow in Browning as girls are gaining knowledge of the sport, and just seeing the number of girls at state really opened some eyes. It was an honor to coach these ladies, and I am looking forward to what next season has in store for us.”

“We look forward to a bright future with this crew we have,” Coach McDonald added. “Thank you to everyone that supported us and followed us. We are very grateful.”For more Browning High School sports coverage of

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