The Valier Panthers brought home a pair of second place finishes from last weekend’s Cascade Badger Invitational. Senior Brett Monroe and sophomore Ty Curry both went 3-1 on their way to the podium and each Panther wrestler picked up a victory and team points in their first matches of the season.
Monroe, wrestling at 205, received a first round bye and followed that up by pinning Helena High’s David Luby in just 44 seconds. In the quarterfinals Monroe pinned Great Falls High’s Elijah Barnhill in 1:13. The local grappler earned a major decision in the semifinals over Keaton Pouliot of Helena Capital, 9-1 before falling to Simms’ Lane Hinderager by pinfall in the championship.
Curry also received a first round bye at 138 lbs. and pinned John Armstrong of Jefferson in the second round. Curry advanced to the semifinals with a 5-1 decision over Peyton Baumgartner of Columbus in the quarterfinals. Curry dominated his semifinal match over Eli Reed of Jefferson with a 16-3 decision but was pinned by Easton Held of Townsend in the championship.
Tyler VandenBos, making his high school debut at 120, pinned Conner Pennington of Great Falls High in his first round match and followed that up by pinning Tommy Emerson of Whitehall. VandenBos was pinned in his quarterfinal match by Nate Wadlow of Cascade and then was eliminated by Duncan Herring of Great Falls High by a 5-0 decision.
Joe Ramos also made his VHS debut at 152 and earned a first round bye before advancing to the quarterfinals with an 11-8 decision over Rylee Pierce of Great Falls High. Ramos was pinned in the quarterfinals by Eli Schreher of Cascade but bounced back with a 6-4 decision over teammate Kasen Kovatch. Ramos was eliminated in the next round by Klause Rauser of Townsend.
Following a first round bye, Kovatch was pinned by Logan Wren of Great Falls High in the second round. Kovatch stayed alive in the consolation round when he pinned Coby Wren of Columbus in the first period before dropping his next match to Ramos.