The Valier Panthers turned in an impressive performance at the Cut Bank Booster Invitational last weekend led by senior Brett Monroe who claimed the top spot on the podium at 205. Sophomore Ty Curry also brought home some individual hardware as he finished second at 138.
Monroe received a first round bye and followed that up with a major decision victory over Hunter Anderson of Fairfield, 8-0. In the quarterfinals, Monroe picked up a 14-4 major decision over Chanden Vulles of Clark Fork. Poplar’s Jacob Berger was Monroe’s next victim as he was pinned in 1:57 in the semifinals. In the championship match, Monroe pinned Fairfield’s Kolter Bouma in 5:51 to claim the title.
Curry also received a first round bye and took just 1:12 to pin his second round opponent, Bayley Genereux of Fort Benton/Big Sandy. Curry pinned Cael Giles of Fairfield in the quarterfinals in 1:01 and the local grappler needed just 1:19 to pin Kade Kindler of Choteau in the semifinals. In the title match Curry was pinned by Nathan Schmidt of Eureka in 1:45.
Joe Ramos also wrestled at 138 and after a first round bye he picked up a major decision over Charlie Adams of Mission/Charlo, 15-6. Cut Bank’s Matt Larson pinned Ramos in the quarterfinals in 1:32 and Ramos was eliminated in the consolation bracket by Forrest Fairbanks of Manhattan.
Kasen Kovatch dropped his opening round match at 152 to Connor Harris of Havre 16-1. Kovatch eliminated RJ Knoll of Arlee with a 9-5 decision in the consolation bracket before falling to Zac Judd of Malta in a 13-9 decision to end his day.
The Panthers will compete at the Fairfield Mixer this Thursday before heading to the Choteau Invitational on Friday and Saturday.