Wrestling Flathead sweeps Helena schools; Glacier splits

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HELENA — Flathead tuned up for postseason wrestling action on Saturday by downing both Helena Capital and Helena High in dual action.

Flathead had eight pins in a 54-24 romp over Helena High.

Brendan Barnes won by pin at 126 to give Flathead a 39-34 win over Helena Capital.

“We wrestled well in both duals, winning the matches we were supposed to win and won a few of that we lost earlier in the season,” Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said.

“We were really impressed with Paxton Boyce. He’s peaking now and really upped his game.

“Cole Eastwood looked really good on his feet and got a tech (fall) and a pin today. Barnes is also wrestling his best right now.”

Flathead finished the regular season with a 20-5 dual record.

“Not a bad for a rebuilding year,” Thompson said.

Flathead heads to Missoula on Saturday for the Western AA seeding tournament.

Flathead 39, Helena Capital 34

132 — Fin Nadeau, F, pinned Wyatt Schneider, 2:34; 138 — Lee Lambrecht, HC, dec. Jaden MacNeil, 8-0; 145 — Bo Meyer, F, pinned Sam Peterson, 1:30; 152 — Ridge Troupe, F, pinned Joshua Peterson, :42; 160 — Tristyn Gilliam, HC, pinned Zaybin Stewart, 4:54; 170 — Tanner Russell, F, pinned Noah Kovick, 3:41; 182 — Paxton Boyce, F, maj. dec. Jake Slagel, 13-2; 205 — Zane McCormack, HC, pinned Ross Calhoon, 2:15; 285 — Josh Lee, HC, pinned Hunter Shae, 3:45; 103 — Cole Eastwood, F, tech fall Andrew Senn, 5:56; 113 — Lane Oshay, HC, pinned Colton Wieczorek, 1:33; 120 — Carson DeRosiar, HC, won by forfeit; 126 — Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Traeton Duty, 1:42.

Flathead 54, Helena High 24

138 — Jaden MacNeil, F, won by forfeit; 145 — Bo Meyer, F, pinned Raef Miller, :40; 152 — Ridge Troupe, F, pinned Colby Howell, 3:40; 160 — Devin Crawford, HH, pinned Zaybin Stewart, 1:30; 170 — Tanner Russell, F, pinned Kaleb McKay, :47; 182 — Paxton Boyce, F, pinned Jacob Manibusan, 1:55; 205 — Sebastian Koch, F, pinned Ruger Young, 1:13; 285 — Michael Gulden, HH, pinned Aydan Prieto,3:51; 103 — Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Nathan Elmose, 2:54; 113 — Nathaniel Yargo, HH, pinned Colton Wieczorek, 1:31; 120 — Isaac Romero, HH. Pinned Kaleb Rhubottom, 1:16; 126 — Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Cameron Wyant, 1:07; 132 — Fin Nadeau, F, pinned David Kemp, :26.

Helena Capital 36, Glacier 31

Glacier 37, Helena High 34

HELENA — Glacier closed out the regular season by splitting with the Helena schools.

The Wolfpack lost to Helena Capital in the final match, but beat Helena High in the final match.

“Really proud of the way the guys competed tonight,” Glacier coach Ross Dankers said. “It’s good to see that we are moving towards that peak that we are looking for during seeding and state.

“The Capital dual, coming down to the last match, was a great improvement over AA Duals. Colby Martin at 205 pinning the No. 2 guy in the state, Drew Kernan, a first-year freshman wrestler stepping into the starting lineup at 103 and getting a big win for us, and a few guys staying off their backs was the difference. Lance Fretwell closed the door hard on the Helena dual with a gritty effort and win to keep us ahead in the dual. I’m looking forward to a great week of practice and seizing some opportunities at the seeding tournament.”

Dylan Miller’s pin at 113 tied the Capital match at 27-all. A major decision by Lance Fretwell at 126 tied the match at 31-all.

Fretwell’s 5-0 decision broke a 34-all tie versus Helena High for the Glacier victory.

The Western AA seeding tournament is Saturday in Missoula.

Versus Helena Capital

138 — Lee Lambreant, HC, pinned Royce Conklin, 1:55; 145 — Kael Willis,G, pinned Sam Peterson, 5:20; 152 — Caden Willis, G, pinned Josh Peterson, 1:05; 160 — Tristyn Gilliam, HC, pinned Thomas Crofts, 1:33; 170 — Noah Kovick, HC, maj. dec. Jaron Scott, 13-4; 182 — Keaton Pulliott, HC, pinned Skiler Hitt, 3:06; 205 — Colby Martin, G, pinned Zack McCormick, 5:11; 285 — Josh Lee, HC, dec. Camryn Vergeront, 4-1; 103 — Drew Kernan, G, dec. Andrew Senn, 10-6; 113 — Dylan Miller, G, pinned Lane Ushay, 2:59; 120 — Carson Derosier, HC, maj. dec. Tristan Little, 12-1; 126 — Lance Fretwell, G, maj. dec. Traeton Duty, 14-0; 132 — Wyatt Schneider, HC, tech fall Ricardo Hewitt, 19-2.

Versus Helena High

132 — Ricardo Hewitt, G, pinned David Kemp, 3:06; 138 — Royce Conklin, G, won by forfeit; 145 — Kael Willis, G, maj. dec. Raef Miller, 16-2; 152 — Caden Willis, G, pinned Colby Howell, 1:48; 160 — Devin Crawford, HH, pinned Thomas Crofts, 1:11; 170 — Kaleb Mckay, HH, pinned Jaron Scott, 1:10; 182 — Jac Maribusan, HH, pinned Skiler H9itt, 1:37; 205 — Colby Martin, G, pinned Ruger Young, 1:42; 285 — Michael Gulden, HH, maj. dec. Camryn Vergeront, 11-2; 103 — Cody Frost, G, pinned Nathaniel Yargo, 1:06; 120 — Isaac Romero, HH, pinned Tristan Little, 4:25; 126 — Lance Fretwell, G, dec. Cameron Wyant, 5-0.

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