The Shelby Coyote wrestling team has survived the first half of the season unscathed by current world events and are building up to full capacity.
“The kids have been good with following the physical distancing and mask protocol in school, along with being diligent with all of the COVID health guidelines,” said head coach Thad White. “The bottom line is, the kids want to wrestle and will follow the rules to do so. We’ve heard rumblings of other schools being quarantined for a week or two at a time and hope not to be in that situation. We are taking this season day-to-day and know that each day in the wrestling room or competing is a gift.”
Despite the season looking a little different this year, the Coyotes have been putting on the miles both on the mat and on the road. The team has hosted multiple events but has traveled to Cascade, Great Falls Central Catholic, Fort Benton and Conrad.
“In normal years, we only host one event. This season we have at least six scheduled meets in Shelby,” said Coach White. “It’s been great to host and see a lot of fan support at these events.”
“This past weekend we celebrated our lone senior, Chase Evans, in front of a nice-sized crowd,” added White. “Chase has been wrestling since he was just a youngster in our Little Guy program. I am lucky to have had Chase on my team. Through thick and thin, he has stuck with us from day one. He plans to take that sense of dedication and serve our country in the US Navy as a Seabee after high school, joining an ever-growing list of Shelby wrestlers that choose to serve this great nation.”
This season, the wrestlers have amassed the following records: Chase Evans (132 lbs) 3-3, Harold Miller (145 lbs) 14-2, Berlin Larson (138 lbs) 0-4, Cameron Brusven (182 lbs) 14-2, Bryant Mertz (182 lbs) 5-11, Michael Hart (HWT) 0-4, Ryan Simpson (HWT) 3-12, and Jacob Kingsolver (HWT) 3-3.
“Some of the kids had a slow start with some nagging injuries, but now they are back,” said White.
The team will travel to Simms for a mixer on Friday (6 p.m. start time) and will play host to Three Forks, CJI and Valier on Saturday (1 p.m. start time).
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