Another exciting weekend of grit and grind for the Coyote grapplers.
The action began in Chinook on Friday night with a mixer involving multiple teams from the Northern B/C division. Three Coyotes took to the mats looking for some much-needed mat time: Tyler Larson at 145lbs; Wyatt Brusven at 145lbs, seeing his first 2017 action; and Matthew Riehl at 182lbs. Larson went 3-1, Brusven was 1-2 and Riehl went 3-0 for the evening at their perspective weight classes.
Chinook was only a stop along the road on their way to the 22nd annual Scottie Invitational in Glasgow. This is the first time the Coyotes have attended this tournament which showcases perennial powers like Sidney, Dawson County, and Hardin.
After a rough night at the Chinook mixer and a delayed start to his season, Wyatt Brusven, a returning state place winner, was seeded 4th at the tournament. Looking to shake off the early season cobwebs, Brusven was paired with Ronald Anderson of Hardin. Brusven would win by major decision 12-1. In the quarter-finals, Wyatt would face a familiar foe in Hunter Reum of Poplar and would win by decision 4-2 placing him against the #1 seed and multiple year state place winner, Ben Stortz of Dawson County in the semi-finals. Brusven would lose by fall in 2:44. Stortz would eventually win the weight class defeating Jace Winter of Sidney. Looking to battle back, Wyatt would face Cole Staigmiller of Fairfield and win by technical fall, 15-0 placing him in the consolation finals against Kaden Moore of Malta. Moore pinned Brusven the evening before at Chinook. To prove his mettle and mental fortitude, Brusven would claim the consolation championship by defeating Moore by decision 8-3 giving him 3rd place.
Also at 145lbs, Tyler Larson wanted to prove that he was ready for the challenge of a tough weight class. Larson was paired with Kaysera Stops of Hardin and would waste no time with a win by fall in :51. As Larson would find out, the tournament bracket wasn’t a friendly place to advance having to face the #2 seed Jace Winter of Sidney. Larson put up the good fight against the seasoned veteran but would lose by fall in 2:38. Winter would eventually place 2nd at 145lbs. Undeterred, Larson would make quick work of Garrett Lowham of Chinook by fall in :28. In the consolation quarter-finals, Tyler would square off with Cole Staigmiller of Fairfield. The score was tied 5-5 going into the 3rd period but the senior would prove to be a little more experienced and would defeat Larson by fall in 4:07. Larson would wrestle a “second chance” exhibition match later in the day and would win by fall.
As a freshman, Matthew Riehl has turned some heads early in the season at 182lbs. He won some convincing matches at the Cascade tournament and then three solid matches at Chinook. Looking to keep up with his winning ways, Riehl was first paired with a hometown boy in Justin Walton of Glasgow. After a back and forth match, Riehl would finally defeat Walton in front of his home crowd by fall in 5:13. Riehl is no stranger to the wrestling arena and knew that the competition would only get more difficult. He found this out when he faced Gidion Herbel of Hardin. Matthew would lose the bout by fall in :30. Herbel, unseeded, would eventually win the 182lb weight class. Riehl would attempt to battle back in the consolation bracket against another Scottie, Tel Aune, but would lose by fall in 2:17. Riehl would eventually wrestle two more exhibition matches and would win both.
The Coyotes will travel to Fort Benton on Thursday for a mixer and then to the Charles M. Russell Holiday Classic at CMR High School both Friday and Saturday. There will also be a JV tournament at Great Falls High School Saturday morning for wrestlers that do not advance on Friday.