The Shelby Coyotes traveled to Choteau for the 38th annual Choteau Classic Wrestling Tournament this past weekend to compete in late season action.
The tournament plays host to the Nothern B/C Divisional schools as well as other surrounding B/C schools. This proves to be a competitive precursor to the divisional tournament being hosted by Shelby this season.
The Coyotes were a little short-handed this weekend only bringing five wrestlers to the tournament. After the dust settled, the five wrestlers would tie for 18th place with Chinook and bring home two forth place medals. The first medal was obtained by Brodey White at 138lbs. The second medal brought back to Shelby was carried by Barrett Hansen at 145lbs.
White was the 4th seed at the tournament. His first opponent was Brodey Skogas of Shepherd. White won by fall in 3:07. In the quarterfinal match-up, White faced Mike Roach of Cascade. White won by fall in 4:48 only to face familiar foe, and number one seed, Trey Simanton of Malta. White lost the semifinal match by fall min 1:03. Simanton eventually went on to win the 138lb weight class. In the consolation semifinal, White faced Nathan Gallegos of Townsend. White won by major decision 12-4 placing him in the consolation finals against Sam Ostwald of Thompson Falls. White lost by fall in 2:50 taking forth place.
Tyler Larson, also at 138lbs for Shelby, had a first round bye. Larson advanced to face Austin Stafford of Plains/Hot Springs. Larson lost by fall in 1:07 placing him in the consolation bracket. Larson then wrestled Jacob Travis of Jefferson. Larson lost the contest by fall in 2:49. Tyler was out of the varsity tournament but would win three matches in the JV mixer held congruently with Classic.
Barrett Hansen, at 145lbs for Shelby, started off the tournament with two big wins for the Coyotes. The first win came against Garrett Lowham of Chinook by fall in 2:26. His next win came against the number three seeded wrestler Cole Staigmiller of Fairfield/Simms. Hansen won the contest by fall in 3:53. Wrestling first thing on Saturday morning in the semifinal round, Hansen squared off with the second seed, Robbie Coleman of Columbus/Absarokee. Hansen lost an exciting match by decision 8-4. Hansen would have to prove himself in the consolation bracket. He would face-off with Jayden Johnson of Shepherd. Hansen won the match by fall in 1:33 placing in the consolation final against the number four seed Luke Lile of Plains/Hot Springs. In an exciting match that went down to the final seconds, Hansen lost in a 6-4 decision.
Dillon Luly, the Coyote 152 pounder, was paired with Orion Garfield of Wolf Point. Garfield won the contest in a 5-2 decision. Luly would shake off his loss by defeating Grady Snow of Anaconda by fall in 2:53. Luly would end his run by losing to Cole Bergstad of Townsend by fall in 4:22. Dillon went on to wrestle at the JV mixer and would win three matches.
Austin Taylor, who recently bumped up to 182lbs, was the 4th seed at this year's Classic. Austin had two byes to start the tournament to meet up with Tyson Sutherland of Poplar. Sutherland would lose by fall in 5:03. Taylor would win his first match in the consolation bracket against Gage Schmitt of Shepherd by fall in 4:47. Taylor would end his run in the consolation quarterfinals against Taylor Johnson, also of Shepherd, in a 10-4 decision.
The grappling Coyotes will have a busy week. They will travel to Fort Benton on Tuesday for a mixer, Valier on Thursday for another mixer and then to Libby on Friday and Saturday for a two day event.