The Shelby Wrestling team has had a busy last few weeks leading up to the end-of-the-year showdown in Conrad for the B/C Divisional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. Grappling their way through the Fort Benton duals, Belt, Simms and Valier for mixers, along with Conrad and Great Falls Central Catholic for the B/C duals; the team has stayed sharp and maintained their focus. There was only one minor glitch to the season when sophomore heavyweight, Jacob Kingsolver, ended his season at a dual meet in Fort Benton with a broken collarbone.
“This was an unfortunate loss for the team and Jacob. He was pretty upset with the news,” said Coach Thad White. “I know he was looking to keep up with his momentum from last year and this season. He placed second last year at the Divisional tournament at heavyweight and was going to be one of the top seeds this year. I know he will come back stronger next season.”
Another milestone was set this past Friday night at the Simms mixer. Tyler Larson, the senior 145-pounder, won his 100th match. He is a one-time state qualifier and is looking to not only match this feat this season, but wants to be standing on the podium at the Metra in Billings.
Larson is the son of Ryan Larson and Kayme Busby. He began his wrestling career at five-years-old in Valier under the instruction of Chuck DeBoo. Larson has worked his way through the ranks of the Shelby wrestling program ever since.
“I can’t say enough about having Tyler in our program,” said Coach White. “I am very proud of his accomplishment and can’t wait to see how this season ends for him. He has always worked hard in the room and even harder on the mat. I can guarantee that his opponents can vouch for this.”
“I would like to thank my parents for supporting me and thank my coaches for being there,” said Larson. “Beginning at a young age with Chuck DeBoo, and then later on coaches Eric Mertz, Thad White and Kyle Fisher. I thank them for their willingness to take me to the next level. Reaching 100 wins takes a lot of hard work and focus. I will miss the sport once it’s over but there is still work to do this week and next. I want to be on that podium this year!”
Larson not only wrestles, but he also played football and helps coach the softball team. In the summer he is a member of the Tri-County Cardinals baseball team. He plans to further his education at MSU-Bozeman in either accounting or law enforcement.
The team will have practice all week leading up to the B/C Divisional Tournament being held in Conrad this Saturday. Come and support Larson and all of the Shelby Coyotes this weekend.