The Shelby Coyotes will send two wrestlers to the state wrestling tournament this weekend in Billings.
Thousands of wrestlers and fans will travel to the Metra Park Rimrock Arena to watch the best of the best from AA to C vie for the title of state champion. Along for the ride will be returning state place winner Wyatt Brusven a 145 pound junior and freshman Tabris Correa at 126lbs. Wyatt is no stranger to success on the mat. In 2016 he was the Northern B/C Divisional Champ at 120lbs. In 2017, he was the 132lb divisional runner-up but battled hard to place 3rd at the state tournament. This season, he is once again a divisional champion and will be heavily favored to place in a tough bracket that contains returning state champion, Michael Weber of Forsyth. Brusven’s first opponent in the sixteen-man bracket will be Hunter Reum of Poplar.
This will be Tabris’ first trip to the Big Show. He placed 4th at the Northern B/C Tournament this past weekend in Malta. Correa really came into his own late in the season and won some impressive matches against kids much older and more experienced than him. He worked very hard in the wrestling room and attained a spot in a weight class that was best-suited for him. Tabris always looks like he’s having fun on the mat. Being a freshman that no one has heard of has its advantages. He could play the role of spoiler at this major event. His first opponent will be the first seed Daniel Uli of Plains/Hot Springs.
Malta was the site of the Northern B/C Divisional Tournament this past Saturday. Four of Shelby’s best graced the mats: Tabris Correa (126lbs), Tyler Larson (145lbs), Wyatt Brusven (145lbs) and Matthew Riehl (170lbs).
Here’s a recap of the action:
Tabris Correa had a bye in the first round but met Tanner VandenBos of Valier. Correa lost the semi-final match by fall in 2:58. His next opponent was Clay Paddock of Fairfield. Tabris won the bout by fall in 1:47. In the consolation final match, Tabris lost to Lucas Kincaid of Simms by decision 10-5.
Sophomore Tyler Larson lost to Ross Reed of Chinook by fall in 1:50. In an exciting consolation match, Larson lost to James Estey of Cut Bank in overtime 5-3. A last-second takedown in the first overtime period sealed the deal ending Larson’s day. Larson commented by saying, “the off-season starts today Coach.” We are expecting big things from Tyler in the future. He’s a leader and a fantastic wrestler. We know he will rise to the occasion.
Wyatt Brusven was the number two seed at the tournament and defeated Watson Snyder of Choteau by fall in 3:14. Cole Staigmiller of Fairfield was his next opponent, and Brusven would handily win by fall in 2:44, placing him in the championship match against hometown favorite, Kaden Moore of Malta. Wyatt was 1-2 against Moore, losing to him once in Chinook at a mixer and once again at Shelby during our home mixer. His only win was for 3rd place over Moore at a tournament in Glasgow. Victory was all Brusven’s, as he defeated Moore by decision 7-5, giving him the title of Northern B/C Divisional Champion.
Matthew Riehl started the tournament off right defeating Damian Schumacher of Harlem by fall in 4:22. The rest of the day wouldn’t go quite as planned. Riehl, a freshman, would lose to Dylan Monroe of Valier by fall in 2:56. Monroe would go on to win the weight class. His next loss came by way of Hayden Axtman of Fort Benton/Big Sandy by fall in 2:28.
“I am extremely proud of the way our wrestlers progressed this season. They are hard workers and warriors on the mat. Wrestling is a difficult sport and these guys stuck it out every day and the entire season. Very few sports offer such mental and physical challenges quite like this one. No blame can be placed on anyone for losses. Some kids scoff at the idea of that but not these kids. They work hard and evolve daily and seem to do it with a smile. Most importantly, win or lose, they are great guys to be around. Shelby should be proud of the men they are becoming.”