Another great season came to a close for the Shelby Little Guy Wrestling team as they competed and finished in sixth place at the Central Montana Little Guy State Wrestling Tournament held at CMR in Great Falls on Saturday, March 7. A total of 26 teams were at the tournament with hundreds of young wrestlers vying for a spot on the podium. Shelby had 33 wrestlers competing at the tourney.
“The team concluded their season with a strong showing at the state tournament,” said Little Guy wrestling coach Mark Blevins. “We are proud of all our wrestlers and were excited to have 33 participate at the state tournament.”
In the six and under age group Malcolm Russell took second place in the 55 lb. weight category while Grady White placed fifth. Wrestling but not placing were Emily Barnes, Kaeden Head, Rhylan Robison, and Joey Saucedo.
In the eight and under group Jonah Clark placed fifth, wrestling at 74 lbs. Samuel Flesch brought home second place at 70 lbs. and Dakota Fugle placed third at 62 lbs. Bennett Keyser earned first place for the 42 lb. weight group, Sean Kincaid placed third at 78 lbs. and Gage Underdal took fourth at 66 lbs. Wrestling but not placing were Kolben Aikins, Ethan Barnes, Landon Barnes, Jagger Flesch, Tyler Howe, Damien Liskey and Dalias Price.
The 10 and under category boasted 10 Shelby grapplers with all but three placing. August Aikins took third at 77 lbs., Brody Ballantyne placed sixth at 81 lbs., Cael Blevins finished third at 81 lbs. and Brant Blonde brought home fifth place at 69 lbs. Jacob Clark took third place at 85 lbs., Logan Combs finished fourth at 69 lbs. and Paxton Flesch captured first place in the 89 lbs. weight category. Trenton Fugle, Silas Young and Trent Vigus all wrestled hard, but did not place.
Those wrestling and placing in the 12 and under age group included Dylan Clark, fifth place at 106 lbs., Thomas Knickerbocker, fifth place at 98 lbs., Wyatt Doty second at 106 lbs. and Kael Young brought home first place at 78 lbs.
“Many kids placed and some did not,” said Blevins. “But everyone gave it their all. Their hard work throughout the season definitely showed.”
He concluded, “Thank you to all the coaches for donating your time and energy to make this possible for all these young athletes.”