Subscribe for 33¢ / day
State wrestling tournament

The Colstrip team walks in the Parade of Athletes at the state wrestling tournament at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Friday, February 9, 2018.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

BILLINGS — Colstrip opened a 13.5-point lead over defending B-C champion Eureka after the first day of the All-Class State Wrestling Tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Friday.

The Colts tallied 76.0 points, while Eureka posted 62.5, and Glasgow is sitting third at 61.5 

"For the most part, we are wrestling pretty well, but we did have one or two setbacks we weren't anticipating; everybody else is on their game," said Eureka coach Danny Lemer. "The semifinal round will score a lot of points for a couple of the teams."

Jackson Currier, the Colts' junior 138-pounder, is gunning for his third state title. He barely broke a sweat in his first two matches, pinning both opponents in a combined time of 75 seconds. 

The two wins improves Currier to 44-2 on the year.

"It was a front headlock to an Assassin," he said, describing his 44 second takedown and pin of Superior's Isaiah Kovalsky in the quarterfinals.

"The team is doing alright, except we just suffered two losses to Eureka. But we did get eight pins in the first round, so pin to win."

Eureka is led by defending state champion Garrett Graves, at 182, who has not lost a match in two years.

In the quarterfinals, Graves pinned Jefferson High's Derek Nygaard in 33 seconds, with a blast double takedown, a power half and a honeymooner.

He improves to 36-0 on the year, while extending his winning streak to 77 consecutive matches.

"So far the team is on track, we need to win our heads-up matches with Colstrip and Glasgow," Graves said. "And we need to win in the wrestlebacks, not just the championship matches, it's imperative to score points. 

"We're doing it by the numbers, everyone is solid."

Matt Reyling, Glasgow senior, is also going for his third title. He stapled both of his foes, with a 3:59 pin of Connor Johnson of Whitehall in the quarters.

Like a great boxing counter-puncher, Reyling scored his first 2-points by fighting out of a head-and-arm for the takedown. In the second period, he posted an escape, before countering Johnson's single leg attempt, and then went on to get the pin with 1-second left on the clock.

"I shoulda been more aggressive, but if they shoot I'm gonna score," related Greyling, who moves to 40-9. "As for the team, we did really good, we got four in the semis. If we keep performing like we have been we'll be a contender for a trophy."

Rounding out the top-5 are Malta in fourth at 56 points, followed by Jefferson in fifth at 52.

Get the latest sports news and scores sent to your email inbox

Forsyth, which captured a 3-peat from 2011-13, is down to a 4-man team, but two of those are the tail-end of the Weber brothers dynasty.

Michael Weber, a junior 145-pounder, is going for his third title in as many years, while senior Nathan is going for his second crown, at 126, having placed first as a freshman. Both made the semis.

Michael has yet to taste defeat this year, moving to 43-0 with 33 pins. 

The five Weber brothers - Brandon (3), Luke (4), Matt (4), Michael (2) and Nathan (1) - currently own 14 state mat titles.

History was made in MetraPark on Friday when Tjo Friis of Anaconda faced off against Chinook's Rebecca Stroh at 103 pounds, for the first all-girls match at the state prep wrestling tourney.

"Oh man, it's amazing just another first for us girls yet," said, who pinned Friis in 5:47. "I won a match at state, it's amazing. My goal is definitely to place."

The tournament resumes today at 9:30 a.m., with the championship finals scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

Email Curt Synness at or follow him on Twitter at @curtsynness_IR


Load comments