The Choteau High School wrestling team will travel to Glasgow this week to compete in a duals meet on Dec. 7 and a tournament on Dec. 8.
Coach Sam Armstrong said Monday that every wrestler should get seven or eight matches, giving them all good experience and exposing them to wrestlers from the powerful Eastern Class B-C Division.
In practice this week, Choteau’s wrestlers will be working on techniques and conditioning, based on what Armstrong and assistant coach Levi Guenzler saw at the boys’ opening competition last weekend in the 23-team Cascade Badger Invitational.
Choteau’s boys took sixth place overall, scoring 114 team points. Choteau had two champions — senior Pete Henderson (4-0) at 145 pounds and freshman Carter Morgan (4-0) at 170 pounds; and two other placers — senior Bryan Ballard (3-1) at 205 took second place and senior Calving Maples (4-1) at 160 pounds took third.
Freshmen Jared Selander and Blake Gunderson, (0-1), both wrestling at 152 pounds, lost their “pigtail” matches to get into the varsity tournament. They each were able to wrestle three exhibition matches on Saturday to give them a taste of high-school level competition, Armstrong said.
Freshman Jacob Major (1-2), wrestling at 182 pounds, earned one team point with his solo win and gained good experience, the coach said.
Senior Tommy Ehman (2-2) scored seven points for the team with his two wins.
Henderson and Morgan both pinned every wrestler they faced on the weekend, earning the maximum amount they could for the team, 30 points each. They now join the CHS wrestling program’s exclusive “30-point Buck” club — in recognition that they earned 30 points in a single tournament by pinning all their opponents.
“To pin all the way through even in your championship match is pretty incredible,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong and Guenzler named Morgan the team’s wrestler of the week for his dominance on the mat as a freshman, winning all his matches by pin and placing first in his first high school tournament in a weight class that is typically dominated by upperclassmen.
Armstrong also said last weekend was a first for Maples and Ballard who both placed for the first time at a regular-season invitational varsity tournament.
Armstrong said this year’s seniors are “really setting the tone for the year.” The coach said he is excited for this season and thinks Choteau’s team, though small in numbers, will have many opportunities to do well this season.
Cascade Badger Invitational
1. Broadwater County (Townsend), 220; 2. Whitehall, 205; 3. Great Falls High JV, 194; 4. Columbus/Absarokee, 190.5; 5. Jefferson County (Boulder), 128; 6. Choteau, 114; 7. Shelby, 104; 8. Cascade, 83; 9. Powell County (Deer Lodge), 78; 10. Manhattan, 71; 11. C.M. Russell JV, 63.5; 12. Fort Benton/Big Sandy, 52; 13. Anaconda, 51; 13. Conrad, 51; 15. Helena High, 41; 16. Harlem, 20; 17. Helena Capital JV, 18; 18. Highwood, 10; 19. Belt, 7; 20. Arlee, Great Falls Central, Hays-Lodgepole, Lone Peak (Big Sky), 0.
Choteau individual results
145 — Pete Henderson, bye; p. Helena High JV, 4:17; p. GFH JV, 5:45; p. Colton Getz, Columbus/Absarokee, 2:56; p. Eli Schreher, Cascade, 2:39.
152 — Blake Gunderson p. by Manhattan, :33.
— Jared Selander p. by CMR JV, 1:03.
160 — Calvin Maples, bye; p. Teegan Shafer, Powell County; p. Justin Bergstad, Broadwater County, :29; dec. by Theron Moore, GFH JV, 9-11 (OT); p. Shafer, 1:45; p. Bergstad, 1:32.
170 — Carter Morgan p. Garrit Weeda, Manhattan, 3:33; p. Ty Steele, Broadwater County, 1:12; p. Caden Crowell, Cascade, 1:49; p. Nate Palmer, Columbus/Absarokee, 3:02.
— Tommy Ehman p. Helena High, 3:30; p. by Klause Rauser, Broadwater County, :59; p. Harlem, :09; p. by Weeda, 1:13.
182 — Jacob Major dec. by Whitehall, 2-6; dec. Anaconda, 6-3; p. by Jefferson County, :52.
205 — Bryan Ballard p. Helena Capital JV, 1:29; p. GFH JV, 2:30; p. Matthew Riehl, Shelby, 2:27; p. by Jadon Lamb, Broadwater County, 1:38.