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Cut Bank's JJ Carter, Mariah Wahl and Haylee Fetters will be off to the first ever Girls State Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Billings.

The Cut Bank Lady Wolves wrestling squad will head to Billings this weekend for the inaugural State Wrestling Tournament at Lockwood High School. Mariah Wahl and JJ Carter are both ranked at the top of their weight classes and boast undefeated records heading into the weekend while Haylee Fetters has just one loss on the year and is ranked fourth in the State. 

The local grapplers returned to the mat for a busy week and turned in impressive performances after a two week break. The Wolves and Lady Wolves had their first competitions of the week on Tuesday as the girls went to Cascade and the boys took on Glasgow and Havre in a pair of duels. 

Wahl and Carter went 2-0 in Cascade while Fetters went 1-1 on the day. The Wolves narrowly lost a 35-34 dual to Glasgow while they defeated Class A Havre 35-27. On Thursday the grapplers took on Browning where they went 6-6 in their matches. The Wolves and Lady Wolves also faced off with Huntley Project, Class A Lewistown and Malta to wrap up their week. Cut Bank defeated Huntley Project 36-31 in their dual while they fell 54-9 against Lewistown and they went 9-9 in matches against Malta. 

“We had a roller coaster weekend,” said head coach Cody Fetters. “We have been off for three weekends and I’m extremely proud of how well we wrestled with just four practices before competing. After beating Huntley Project we lost big to Lewistown dropping several matches I didn’t think we would. But we are using that as a wakeup call, we need to work harder the last couple weeks of the season. We have been focused on one thing since returning to the mat and that is to build momentum every match. Win or lose, we are learning and improving.” 

Fetters highlighted sophomore Bradin Murphy for his contributions to the team.

“Bradin has been weighing in every week at 103 pounds and bumped up to wrestle at 113 for us,” said the coach. “He has definitely sacrificed for the success of our team.”

Murphy went 2-3 last weekend for the Wolves. Richard Schmidt also went 2-3. Hunter Kennedy went 2-3 as well while Wyatt Berkram went 3-3. Caleb Simpson went 4-1, Kanon Branch was 3-3, Matthew Larson was 3-3, Jacob Hjartarson was 2-1, Ty Curry went 5-1, Ethan Sullivan was 0-6, Raice Strand was 0-5, Austin Vanek was 6-1, Dalton Estey was 0-7 and Jeremy Gallagher was 4-3 on the week. 

This weekend while the girls are looking to bring home some State hardware, the boys will be competing on the road against Columbus and Red Lodge on Friday and Whitehall and Jefferson on Saturday.

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