The Capital High wrestling team earned a 3-1 record at the Great Falls Class AA Duals on Saturday, while Helena High went 2-2.
The event includes all 14 Class AA teams in a dual-match format, with each squad wrestling four contests during the day. Billings Senior captured the championship, 31-24 over Missoula Sentinel. The consolation finals featured Flathead High's 36-30 victory over three-time defending state champion Great Falls High for third place.
Capital was shaded by Bozeman 33-31, before reeling off wins over C.M. Russell 45-18, Missoula Hellgate 60-12 and Billings West 55-15.
Four Bruins went undefeated on the day, led by 205-pounder David Petersen. Petersen posted a 4-0 mark with three pins, while upsetting the state's No. 1 Nick Nordell (CMR), 4-3. He improves to 24-7 on the year, with 16 pins. Also unblemished Saturday were Parker Dulaney (4-0) at 113, Kory Broussard (3-0) at 182, with two pins and a major decision, and Travis Schulte (3-0) at 145.
Capital wrestlers going 3-1 were Nick Kunz (three pins) at 120, heavyweight Sheldon Fladland (two pins), Shamus Bartmess at 160, and Jack Murphy (three pins) at 152. Kunz dropped a narrow 6-4 decision to former state champ Bjorn Schroeder (Bozeman).
Helena beat Glacier High 54-18 and CMR 43-27, while dropping a pair of close matches, to Butte 36-33 and West 37-33.
The Bengals' unbeaten matmen during the event were Devin Crawford (4-0) at 113, Noah Manibuson (4-0) at 152, Nick Moreni (3-0) at 145, and Hayden Schrull (3-0) at 170. Manibuson is the team's winningest wrestler, with a 29-5 record.
HHS teammates with one loss were Austin Murphy (3-1) at 120, Joel Clark (3-1) at 160, and Caiden Crawford (2-1) at 182.
Hellgate holds off Capital, 43-33
Missoula Hellgate built an 18-8 lead at halftime and held off Capital for a 43-33 Western AA girls' basketball win Saturday afternoon at the Knights' gym.
Katie Stahl led the Knights (7-3 overall, 2-1 in conference play) with 14 points. Syd Riddle added nine.
Mary Bryggman led Capital (4-6, 0-4) with 14 points.
The Knights swept the season series from Capital, winning 58-54 in overtime earlier this month in Helena.
Jefferson boys best Manhattan
A.J. Eckmann fired in 18 points, leading the Jefferson High boys to a 55-37 District 5B triumph over Manhattan. Next in the Panthers' scoring column were Jered Padmos and Trase LeTexier, at 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Tigers get better of Jefferson girls
In an exact reversal of the boys contest, the Lady Tigers prevailed over Jefferson on Saturday, 55-37.
Ellie Evertz paced the Lady Panthers with 11 points, followed by Latrice Vossler's eight counters. Teammate Madison Powers was the top rebounder with 11 boards.
Bulldogs fall to Choteau
In a high-scoring non-conference Class B tilt in Choteau, the host club overcame a 21-13 first quarter deficit for a 12-point win, 75-63, over Townsend.
The Bulldogs held a slim 41-38 lead at halftime before a big third quarter by Choteau put the eventual winners in front 59-53 heading into the final frame.
Choteau's Dylan Pannebaker poured in 32 points to lead all scorers. Payden Anderson paced Townsend with 19 points, followed by Jace Lewis and Quade McQueary, at 13 and 12 markers, respectively. Bulldog teammate Jadon Graveley chipped in with eight.
Choteau girls run away from Townsend
Townsend's girls dropped their contest in Choteau, 54-33.
Lainee Hill led the Lady Bulldogs offense with nine points, while teammate Catie Watson added 11.
Townsend matmen fourth at Conrad
Powered by champion Jack Dolan and seven other top-six placers, the Townsend wrestling team placed fourth at the Conrad Invitational Tournament. Dolan captured the 120-pound crown, for his second straight tourney title.
Also reaching the podium for coach John O'Dell's Bulldog grapplers were Cameron Rauser at 113 (second place), Nate Galagos at 138 (second), Derek Neel at 152 (third), Justin Theriault at 160 (fourth), Titus Ogle at 126 (sixth), Cole Bergstad (sixth) and Justin Large at 170 (sixth).
"We wrestled well and are starting to peak at the right time," coach O'Dell said. "We have three more wrestlers returning from injuries soon and we'll be even stronger."
Jefferson High placed three matmen in the tourney, including Nate Brunett, third at 160 pounds; Jacob Travis, fourth at 132; and 205-pounder Nick Workman, in sixth.
HHS girls nab win in Billings
Both Helena High and Capital swam in the Billings School District No. 2 Meet at Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.
In the boys event, Capital fell to Senior, 291-101, while Skyview got past Helena High, 211-107.
The Capital girls fell to Senior, 300.5 to 268, while the Helena High girls picked up the only win for the Capital City squads, besting Skyview 286.5 to 182.
No individual results were available at press time.
TRACK & FIELD
Cundith, Esposito shine for Saints
Junior pole vaulter Terra Cundith qualified for nationals with a vault of 11 feet, 7.75 inches to tie for the fourth-best jump at the event and highlight a strong first day for the Saints at the Washington State Indoor open on Friday.
Several from Carroll put up strong performances in the first day of the meet, but Cundith’s jump was the lone national qualifier. She nearly surpassed the mark at 12 feet, 1.50 inches but just nudged the bar on her final attempt.
“She looked really good at 12-2,” coach Harry Clark said. “She was well over and just rolled the bar a little. She is a lot more relaxed now that she hit the qualification mark. I think she could improve on that mark a lot over the next few meets.”
A pair of other pole vaulters, Mika Robinson and Mikayla Bloyder, missed the mark but looked good in their attempts.
“You can see the change and the improvement,” Clark said. “They are doing a lot of things right but they haven’t put it all together yet. If they can make just a few minor adjustments they should qualify in Pocatello in a few weeks.”
Hannah Porch and Annika Moore took fifth and sixth in the triple jump.
Tim took 13th in the weight throw with a throw of 47-5.75, a career best.
The bulk of the competition takes place tomorrow beginning with the mile run at 9:30 a.m. The Saints hope to earn a dozen qualifiers in tomorrow’s action.
“Everyone is excited and ready to compete,” Clark said. “There is a lot of great competition at this meet and we hope to let everyone know we were here.”
On Saturday, Leah Esposito won the mile run and broke a meet record with a time of 4:59.44. The previous record was set in 2008 by Washington State's Meghan Leonard with a time of 5:03.48.
The Saints went 1-3-4-7 in the women's 400, with Kara Barth winning. The Saints also picked up wins in both the men's and women's 1,600-meter relay.