The Cut Bank Booster Invitational is an annual event steeped in history and tradition. After traveling to Chester on Thursday night for a pre-tournament mixer, the Shelby Coyotes battled in the Wolves’ territory. There were 29 teams from all over Montana in attendance and plenty of stout wrestlers ready to maintain their rankings or make their marks as a viable contender. The Shelby Coyotes placed three individuals on the podium and the team placed 16th.
Seven Coyotes were in the line-up this weekend. They included: Taye Payne (120lbs), Chase Evans (126lbs), Harold Miller (126lbs), Berlin Larson (132lbs), Bryant Mertz (145lbs), Tyler Larson (145lbs) and Cameron Brusven (170lbs).
Here are the results:
Taye Payne won by fall over Hunter Velk, of Havre, in 4:23; won by fall over Dakota Manecke, of Cut Bank, by fall in 3:28; lost to Kason Olson, of Fergus-Lewistown, in sudden victory 3-2; won by decision over Carter Moran, of Whitefish, 6-5 and lost to Brady Barnhill, of Conrad, by fall in 2:47.
Chase Evans lost to Roman Sparks, of Thompson Falls, by fall in 1:22; won by decision over Gavin Watson, of Whitehall, 10-6 and lost by decision to Dylan Kamps, of Three Forks, 7-0.
Harold Miller placed fifth at 126 lbs. He won by major decision over Dylan Sullivan, of Simms, 12-0; won by fall over Leroy Orel, of Whitefish, by fall in 2:51; lost by technical fall to Cameron Pleninger, of Havre 17-2; won by fall over Dylan Kamps, of Three Forks, in 2:11; won by decision over Walker Murphy, of Mission/Charlo, 8-5; lost to Kyle Durden by fall in 4:31 and won by forfeit over Roman Sparks, of Thompson Falls, to place fifth at the tournament.
Berlin Larson lost to Mariah Wahl, of Cut Bank, by fall in :37 and lost to Jace Oxarart, of Jefferson, by fall in :28.
Bryant Mertz lost to Kyle Denny, of Whitehall, by fall in 1:04 and lost to Chance Muller, of Eureka, by fall in :17.
Tyler Larson won by fall over Raice Strand, of Cut Bank, in 4:23; won by decision over Ashton Grover, of Fergus-Lewistown, 3-2; won by fall over Eric Strom, of Thompson Falls, in :46; lost to Dallen Hoover, of Whitehall, 4-2; won by fall over Aaron Wells, of Browning, in 4:48 and lost to Ron Barnhill, of Conrad, by decision 2-1 in the third/fourth place consolation championship, placing fourth at the tournament.
Cameron Brusven won by fall over Kace Eriksson, of Three Forks, in 1:39; won by fall over Treyvn Nave, of Fergus-Lewistown, in 1:43; lost to Keaton Potter, of Fergus-Lewistown, by fall in 1:15; won by decision over Gaten Wassberg, of Whitehall, 2-1 and lost to JT Hauer, of Chinook, by decision in the third/fourth place consolation championship 5-4, placing fourth at the tournament.
“I feel the kids did a great job this weekend,” said Coach Thad White. “They wrestled hard. Placing at this tournament is no easy feat. Some of the brackets were stacked with ranked wrestlers. For example, every wrestler in the quarterfinals at 126lbs was ranked. With Cam and Tyler placing fourth and Harold placing fifth, our team is making a statement.”
White continued, “This was also the first weekend everyone was at the weights they plan on being at the Northern B/C Divisional Tournament in February. This coming weekend in Choteau will tell us a lot more about where we stand as both individually and as a team. While wins and losses are important leading up to the end of the year, none of that matters when the first whistle blows at the divisional tournament. Anything can happen and our kids will be ready.”