Wrestling: Flathead 5-2, Glacier 2-3 at Mining City Duals

Braves freshman Cade Troupe earns five pins during event at 126 pounds

By Andy Viano
Paxton Boyce of the Flathead High School faces Marcus King of the German state of Baden-Württemberg during an outdoor wrestling event at Legends Stadium in Kalispell on August 7, 2019. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Flathead won its group but missed out on a top four finish with a pair of narrow losses at the Mining City Duals in Butte Dec. 13-14.

The Braves beat Billings Skyview (42-25), Belgrade (54-23) and Ronan (76-0) on Friday to qualify for the championship bracket, and knocked off Missoula Big Sky-Loyola (35-31) and Billings West (41-33) to set up a showdown against Bozeman with a spot in the championship match on the line. The Hawks prevailed, 34-31, and would go on to finish second at the event behind Great Falls High. The Braves had a chance to wrestle for third place, but Big Sky-Loyola avenged its loss earlier in the day by beating Flathead 41-36. Billings Senior would beat Big Sky-Loyola to take third.

Glacier won a pair of pool matches Friday, taking down Columbia Falls 48-21 and Havre 39-34 before Senior upended the Wolfpack 41-31. Glacier lost to Frenchtown (38-34) and Skyview (43-29) in consolation matches on Saturday.

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