Senior Coyote wrestler, Harold Miller, brought home second place honors from the Cascade Badger Invitational, the first tournament of the season. An even greater accomplishment was that his 100th career win also took place last weekend in Cascade. Miller is pictured above at last year’s Cut Bank Invitational.

This past weekend the Shelby Coyote wrestling team kicked off their season at the annual Cascade Badger Invitational. Being at a tournament was a welcomed change from the drudgery of no regular-season tournaments experienced during the previous season.

The Coyotes fielded a roster of 10 grapplers, both young and old.

“We have an exciting group this season,” said head coach Thad White. “We have some returning experience mixed in with a lot of newcomers. Some are trying the sport for the very first time in their lives. Two more will join us at the end of the week. Having this diversity speaks volumes to the in-school recruitment efforts of our coaching staff and kids.”

At the end of the tournament, the Coyotes had six wrestlers standing on the podium. At 103, Wyatt Evans placed sixth; 132/138 Berlin Larson placed second; 138 Harold Miller placed second; 170 Bryant Mertz placed fifth; HWT Jacob Kingsolver placed fourth and Ryan Simpson, sixth.

In addition to some early season team success, Harold Miller won his 100th career match!

“We as coaches can’t say enough about Harold,” said White. “He is exciting to watch and the hardest worker in the room. This season could be very special for Harold if all goes as planned. While his 100th win places him in unique company, it’s not a stopping point for Harold. Like on the mat, he won’t stop until the job is complete.”

The Cascade tournament is an excellent early-season test. The wrestlers get to see other schools from the Western Division and they also get to see who might be in their weight class at the end of the season. A lot of movement begins to happen after this tournament.

The team will travel to Superior for a mixer on Friday night and then a tournament on Saturday; both are in Superior.

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