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State wrestling tournament

Chinook's Rebecca Stroh, top, wrestles Anaconda's Tjo Friis in a Class B-C 103-pound match in the first round at the state wrestling tournament at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Here are some of the takedowns from the first rounds of the Class B-C state wrestling tournament on Friday:

• Jefferson High, which captured its first Southern Division championship in 20 years, is sitting in fifth place after the first day with 52 points. Coach Troy Humphrey's Panthers put two matmen into the semifinals, including Nate Brunett at 160 pounds and Nick Workman at 205.

After 138-pounder Jacob Travis' first round win over Chance Muller of Eureka, a pin in 3:34 on a "JV three-quarter Nelson," the JHS grappler said his club - which only fielded six grapplers four years ago - was just taking one match at a time.

"Our goal at the first of the year was divisional champs, but we really haven;t talked about a state goal, other than to get as many placers as possible," Travis related. 

• Chinook female wrestler Rebecca Stroh, who went 2-1 for the Sugarbetters on the first day to reach Saturday, is the younger sister of Ben and Robert Stroh.

Both brothers wrestled for the University of Wyoming, and Ben was a 4-time state champion, set the state record for career pins, and captured the 2017 NAIA national championship for MSU-Northern. He is now an assistant for Chinook.

"They definitely motivated me there," Rebecca, who posted a pair of pins on Friday, said of her older siblings. "I don't know how to explain it. If I can be half as good as they are."

Ben stated that it was "a lot easier" when he was wrestling, than watching his sister.

"It's really stressful as a coach, you can only sit here and scream," he said.

• Wyatt Selman of Huntley, reached the semis at 182 with a pair of pins, improving to 32-6 on the year.

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"I got it scrambling and keeping my hips up," the Red devils senior said of his first round pin against Gus Bosley of St. Ignatius/Charlo.

Selman, who didn't reach the second day last year, has a goal of making the finals, by "keep working hard and wrestling like I can."

• MetraPark had several other 4-time champs in attendance besides Ben Stroh, among those being former Townsend Bulldog Jade Rauser.

Rauser, who went an undefeated 175-0 during high school and later claimed an NCAA All-American citation for Utah Valley University, was assistant coaching his younger brother Kameron.

Kameron Rauser is a returning all-stater and is still alive in the wrestlebacks at 152 pounds. 

Email Curt Synness at curt.synness@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @curtsynness_IR

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