Flathead tops Glacier

Print Article

  • 1

    Flathead's Brendan Barnes wrestles Glacier's Tristan Little at 126 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 2

    Flathead's Zaybin Stewart wrestles Glacier's Caden Gilmond at 160 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 3

    Flathead's Dominic Battello works toward a pin against Glacier's Kael Willis at 138 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 4

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 5

    Flathead's Fin Nadeau wrestles Glacier's Lance Fretwell at 132 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 6

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 7

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 8

    Flathead's Bo Meyer and Glacier's Caden Willis square off during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 9

    Flathead's Tanner Russell wrestles Glacier's Thomas Crofts at 170 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 10

    Glacier's Caden Willis wrestles Flathead's Bo Meyer at 152 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 11

    Flathead's Cole Eastwood wrestles Glacier's Thomas Putnam at 103 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 1

    Flathead's Brendan Barnes wrestles Glacier's Tristan Little at 126 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 2

    Flathead's Zaybin Stewart wrestles Glacier's Caden Gilmond at 160 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 3

    Flathead's Dominic Battello works toward a pin against Glacier's Kael Willis at 138 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 4

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 5

    Flathead's Fin Nadeau wrestles Glacier's Lance Fretwell at 132 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 6

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 7

    Flathead's Asher Kemppainen wrestles Glacier's Bridger Beach at 120 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 8

    Flathead's Bo Meyer and Glacier's Caden Willis square off during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 9

    Flathead's Tanner Russell wrestles Glacier's Thomas Crofts at 170 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 10

    Glacier's Caden Willis wrestles Flathead's Bo Meyer at 152 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • 11

    Flathead's Cole Eastwood wrestles Glacier's Thomas Putnam at 103 lbs. during a crosstown matchup at Glacier High School on Thursday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

By DAVID LESNICK

The Daily Inter Lake

Flathead started strong and gathered momentum as the match wore on while Glacier put together a strong finish to end on a high note in what was a competitive crosstown wrestling dual for a change on Thursday evening at Glacier High School.

Flathead won 10 of the 13 matches, four by pins, for a 47-15 triumph to improve to 9-3 in crosstown action. However its winning score was its lowest in several years. Flathead had scored 62 or more points in the last three crosstown outings while Glacier combined for just 15.

“Even though the score was a little lopsided, I felt every match was fairly competitive,” Glacier coach Ross Dankers said.

“They have a good, talented lineup, did a good job of riding on top. Overall, I thought our effort was outstanding.”

Glacier’s Colby Martin (205) and Tre Krause (285) capped off the evening with pins. Krause had the night’s fastest fall — 57 seconds.

Glacier’s other win was at 152 pounds with Caden Willis using an escape with 10 seconds remaining to edge Bo Meyer 3-2 for the decision. That stopped a run of seven straight weight class wins for Flathead, who held a commanding 31-0 lead.

“We wrestled with grit,” Dankers said.

“Caden is a senior, so that was a nice way for him to finish his crosstown career.”

Glacier, 5-10 in duals, lost a tough decision at 113 with Flathead’s Damian Naldrett holding on for a 5-4 decision over Dylan Miller.

Flathead’s Brendan Barnes (126) and Fin Nadeau (132) were both 8-0 victors over Tristan Little and Lance Fretwell, respectively.

“It was so exciting for the team to wrestle in front of this many people,” Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said.

“It felt like a crosstown basketball game. There had to be a 1,000 people here and we put on a good show.

“Looking around the gym tonight at all those fans shows me the wrestling is good and strong in Kalispell,” Thompson added.

“What a great experience for young men to be able to wrestle in front of a full house tonight. It will be one of those memories from high school they will always remember.”

The dual opened at 103 with Cole Eastwood of Flathead exiting the mat with an 11-3 major decision.

Asher Kemppainen (120) also won by major decision for Flathead.

“I was really proud of the way our team wrestled in the third period,” Thompson said.

“Our tough Winter Break practices showed in the third period tonight.”

Dominic Battello (138) and Jaden MacNeil (145) had back-to-back pins for Flathead, as did Tanner Russell (170) and Paxton Boyce (182) to wrap up the Braves scoring. Russell is now 25-3 on the season.

“The kids put the foot on the gas and got the offense rolling,” Thompson said. “The momentum just kept going.”

Flathead, now 15-4 in dual action, heads to Bozeman for a two-day tournament starting today.

Glacier will participate in the Ronan Western Duals today and Saturday.

Flathead 47, Glacier 15

103 — Cole Eastwood, F, maj. dec. Thomas Putnam, 11-3; 113 — Damian Naldrett, F, dec. Dylan Miller, 5-4; 120 — Asher Kemppainen, F, maj. dec. Bridger Beach, 13-2; 126 — Brendan Barnes, F, maj. dec. Tristan Little, 8-0; 132 — Fin Nadeau, F, maj. dec. Lance Fretwell, 8-0; 138 — Dominic Battello, F, pinned Kael Willis, 1:58; 145 — Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Royce Conklin, 2:40; 152 — Caden Willis, G, dec. Bo Meyer, 3-2; 160 — Zaybin Stewart, F, maj. dec. Caden Gilmond, 11-2; 170 — Tanner Russell, F, pinned Thomas Crofts, 1:36; 182 — Paxton Boyce, F, pinned Skiler Hitt, 1:18; 205 — Colby Martin, G, pinned Sebastian Koch, 2:27; 285 — Tre Krause, G, pinned Aydan Prieto, :57.

Print Article

Read More Local Sports

Lakers down Senators in twinbill

July 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm | Daily Inter Lake The Kalispell Lakers AA know how to bounce back. The Lakers rebounded from Saturday’s rough outing with a pair of big American Legion baseball wins Sunday over the visiting Helena Senators. Kalispe...

Comments

Read More

Twins force second championship game

July 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm | Daily Inter Lake LIBBY — The Glacier Twins downed the Mission Valley Mariners 5-0 in the West A District American Legion baseball tournament championship on Sunday afternoon. Because Mission Valley had not lost ye...

Comments

Read More

Senators slide by Lakers, 10-5

July 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The Helena Senators used a strong start and finish to top the Kalispell Lakers 10-5 on Saturday evening in Class AA American Legion baseball action at Griffin Field. The Senators tallied three run...

Comments

Read More

Legion Baseball Mission Valley advances to West A District title game

July 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm | Daily Inter Lake LIBBY — Gabe Mergenthaler tossed a 2-hitter, Trevor Lake, 2 for 3, drove in four runs and Eric Dolence, 1 for 3, drove in three for the Mission Valley Mariners in an 11-0 victory over top seed Bitt...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2019 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X