For the second year in a row, Montana’s smaller schools from Class B/C dominated the Tournament of Champions wrestling showdown, an event that pits the state’s best wrestlers against each other, regardless of class size. Though not all of the top-ranked wrestlers from each class attend the event, this weekend”s tournament featured a record-high 31 state champions and 61 all-star wrestlers altogether.
The third annual Tournament of Champions, sponsored by Great Falls law firm Hoyt and Blewett PLLC, took place at the Great Falls High School Old Gym on Feb. 19. Class B/C won a tournament-high nine titles, including two by Broadwater’s Jade and Val Rauser. The Rausers have each won three straight titles at the tournament. Combined, they claimed seven state titles in their decorated high school careers.
Class A won four titles and Class AA, representing the state’s largest schools, had two champions. In 2010, Class B/C won eight titles, Class A won six and Class AA only claimed one. At the first tournament in 2009, Class B/C had five champions, Class A had three and Class AA had seven.
Results are below, listed with pigtail matches, semifinals and championships. Pigtail matches are loser-out contests to move on to the semifinals. For more information, go to www.montanawrestling.blogspot.com.
Tournament of Champions 2011 Results:
Dylan Schulte, Missoula Sentinel dec. Gage Currier, Colstrip, 11-1.
Karson Kukes, Laurel pin Dylan Schulte, Missoula Sentinel, 3:54.
Grant Boggs, Helena tech. fall Maestro Martinez, Wolf Point, 15-0.
Grant Boggs, Helena dec. Karson Kukes, Laurel, 9-2.
Glenn Hensley, Frenchtown pin Tyler Forcella, Dawson, 5:14.
Zac Harney, Butte dec. Dillon Tennant, Dawson, 8-6.
Teague Jones, Harlem pin Glenn Hensley, Frenchtown, 3:11.
Zac Harney, Butte dec. Teague Jones, Harlem, 4-2.
Josh Mann, Colstrip dec. Gabe Schroeck, Helena, 2-0.
Chris Nile, Forsyth dec. Craig Feistner, Polson, 4-0
Luke Schlosser, Conrad dec. Chris Nile, Forsyth, 3-1
Tyler Kinn, Dawson dec. Josh Mann, Colstrip, 14-9.
Luke Schlosser, Conrad pin Tyler Kinn, Dawson, 1:35.
Jade Rauser, Broadwater maj. dec. Bryce Weatherston, Belgrade, 15-2.
Duel Stadel, Havre maj. dec. Braden Hallock, Glasgow, 14-1.
Jade Rauser, Broadwater pin Duel Stadel, Havre, 1:01.
Taylor French, Forsyth pin Tanner Lund, Florence, 4:31.
Justin Whitman, Columbia Falls pin Tanner Johnson, Broadwater, 3:54.
Taylor French, Forsyth dec. Justin Whitman, Columbia Falls, 13-6.
Brandon Weber, Forsyth dec. Shawn Tezak, Dillon, 4-0.
Val Rauser, Broadwater tech. fall. Zach Westre, Frenchtown, 20-5.
Cole Mendenhall, GFHS dec. Brandon Weber, Forsyth, 10-2.
Val Rauser, Broadwater dec. Cole Mendenhall, GFHS, 11-3.
Luke Zeiger, Glasgow pin Travis Davis, Corvallis, 5:35.
Jesse Werdal, Choteau dec. Tyler Christians, Helena, 9-3.
Dallen Brauer, Forsyth pin Kyle Leir, Libby; 1:18.
Dallen Brauer, Forsyth dec. Jesse Werdal, Choteau, 4-1.
Eli Hinebauch, Havre dec. Dylan Mendenhall, GFHS, 3-2.
Eli Hinebauch, Havre dec. Cole Rice, Arlee, 4-1.
Shane St. Onge, Glacier dec. Jacen Petersen, St. Ignatius, 10-2
Brad Nordahl, Frenchtown pin Josh Seeberger, Missoula Sentinel, 4:31.
Brad Nordahl, Frenchtown dec. Shane St. Onge, Glacier, 4-2.
Dylan Kramer, Laurel dec. Barrett Stanghill, Drummond, 7-3.
Connor Malone, Fergus pin Dylan Berget, Libby, 5:15.
Connor Malone, Fergus dec. Dylan Kramer, Laurel, 9-3.
Taylor Vaughn, Eureka dec. Cole McAruthur, Ronan, 5-4.
Taylor Vaughn, Eureka dec. Chris Yocum, Butte, 9-3.
Levi Cade, Belgrade dec. Skyler Carroll, Livingston 6-3.
Toby Cheff, Ronan dec. Boyce Ballard, Glacier, 8-0.
Ben Stroh, Chinook pin Levi Cade, Belgrade, 2:41.
Ben Stroh, Chinook dec. Toby Cheff, Ronan, 17-6.
Jorrell Jones, Chinook dec. Trevor Conrad, Dawson, 6-0.
KC Sutton, Florence dec. Brock Calvi, Cut Bank, 5-4.
Jorrell Jones, Chinook dec. KC Sutton, Florence, 9-1.
Josiah Clairmont, Polson pin Tucker Yates, Colstrip, 1:50
Josiah Clairmont, Polson pin Chaz Hopstad, Glasgow, 2:37.