HELENA — The wrestling teams from CM Russell and Great Falls High paid a visit to The Jungle for a double dual with Helena High on Tuesday, and then headed back to the Electric City with a couple wins over the Bengals.
CMR edged Helena 39-33 in a close match, before Great Falls handed the hosts a 46-27 loss.
"The guys came into here and wrestled hard against Helena, and we showed some improvements," Bison coach Steve Komac said. "I think our Travis Tomei at 182 had one of our better matches, he pinned a quality opponent in Jacob Manibusan."
HHS was led by double winners Isaac Romero at 113 pounds, Devin Crawford at 138 and Ridge Troupe at 152.
Last season's state champ Romero posted two pins, including one of No. 5 ranked Easton Shupe (GFH) at 113 pounds. Crawford achieved a dominant 11-5 decision over No. 1 Kai Stewart (CMR) at 138. Romero and Crawford improve to 16-1 and 16-2, respectively. Troupe had a pin and a decision.
"That was a big match for Devin, and Ridge had a good night, too," HHS coach John Burke said.
Also garnering wins for the Bengals were Austin Murphy at 126 over No. 5 Cache Hilliard (GFH), Ryan Popp at 120, Manibusan at 182, Konner McKay at 160, and Nathaniel Yargo at 103.
"You know, that CMR match, the difference was just one win, and could've gone either way," said Burke, whose matmen slip to 1-11 in dual matches. "Against Great Falls, I challenged the guys to be more physical, compete with more desire and wrestle for the entire match, and they did that.
"The less experienced guys are starting to grow, and we're improving."
CM Russell 39, Helena High 33
103 - Nathaniel Yargo, HHS, forfeit; 113 - Isaac Romero, HHS, pin Zach Ewall, CMR, :50; 120 - Andrew Paradise, CMR, pin Ryan Popp, HHS, 1:10; 126 - Carter Carroll, CMR, dec Austin Murphy, HHS, 4-2; 132 - Zach Williamson, CMR, pin Ching Man Chung, HHS, 1:44; 138 - Devin Crawford, HHS, dec Kai Stewart, CMR, 11-5; 145 - Quinton Spring, CMR, pin Kaleb Mckay, HHS, :33; 152 - Ridge Troupe, HHS, pin Mike Brier, CMR, 1:12; 160 - Konner McKay, HHS, forfeit; 170 - Kain Schwartz-Darchett, CMR, forfeit; 182 - Jacob Manibusan, HHS, pin Chance Buday, CMR, 3:28; 205 - Tony Walter, CMR, pin Malik Jungers, HHS, 3:12; Hvwt - KC Buday, CMR, forfeit.
Great Falls High 46, Helena High 27
103 - Ore Coles, GFH, tech fall Nathaniel Yargo, HHS, 15-0; 113 - Isaac Romero, HHS, pin Easton Shupe, GFH, 2:17; 120 - Ryan Popp, HHS, inj def Mason Huber, GFH; 126 - Austin Murphy, HHS, pin Cache Hilliard, GFH, 1:46; 132 - Braden Lomas, GFH, tech fall Ching Man Chan, HHS, 18-2; 138 - Devin Crawford, HHS, pin Jack Dresel, GFH, 3:49; 145 - Donovan Mahoney, GFH, pin Kaleb McKay, HHS, :29; 152 - Ridge Troupe, HHS, dec. Liam Swanson, GFH, 2-0; 160 - Jordan Komac, GFH, pin Konner McKay, HHS, :42; 170 - Elijah Davis, GFH, forfeit; 182 - Travis Tomei, GFH, pin Jacob Manibusan, HHS, 3:59; 205 - Rylan Fischer, GFH, pin Malik Jungers, HHS, 1:42; Hvwt - Ethan Derouche, GFH, forfeit.