Braves in Reno for 96-Team Wrestling Tourney

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead High School Braves are in Reno today participating in the 96-team Sierra Nevada Classic wrestling tournament, one of the largest high school wrestling events in the nation. The Braves are coming off a strong showing at the Tri-State Tournament in Idaho, where they finished second out of 34 teams. The Sierra Nevada Classic begins today and goes through Tuesday, with the final medal rounds beginning in the evening.

The Classic, which is held at the Reno Livestock Event Center, will feature teams from seven states, predominantly California and Nevada. Missoula Sentinel is the only other Montana team. In the past several years, Flathead has fared well at multi-state tournaments, including first-place finishes last year at the Pat Weede Memorial, Tri-State Tournament and Mining City Duals.

The Braves, who are led by first-year coach Matt Owen, are the three-time defending Class AA state champions. You can read a little more about them and Owen by clicking on my story here.