The Montana High School Association (MHSA) executive board announced on Friday that Flathead High School will host the Class AA state wrestling tournament on March 5-6.
“This is a huge wrestling community and what a great opportunity for Kalispell,” Jeff Thompson, head coach for the Brave Brawlers, said. “We are not going to miss the eight-hour bus ride to Billings this year.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the boys wrestling tournament will change from its usual all-classification event to split tournaments. Class A will take place in Miles City and Class B-C will be hosted by Shelby High School.
This marks the first year in a decade that a split tournament system has been implemented, and the first time MetraPark in Billings will not play host since 2011, when the arena suffered damage from a tornado.
“Our boys get to sleep in their own beds and get to eat mama’s cooking,” Thompson said. “Hopefully we can get a little home mat advantage.”
Flathead has won nine state wrestling titles, including a five-year streak from 2006-2010, and back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. The Braves are currently ranked No. 2 in the statewide wrestling rankings.
The first girls state wrestling tournament will be held Feb. 19-20 at Lockwood High School in Billings as an all-class tournament.
MHSA also approved a request that the Class AA basketball tournament move from a playoff to a tournament format. The state tournament will be held in Great Falls at Four Seasons Arena March 10-13.
In addition, MHSA voted for Polson High School to host the Class A-B state swim meet on March 6. Tickets for one-day swim meets will be set at $10.
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