‘Dogs stun Bison, win Street Duals Friday pool

The Bulldogs believe.

Butte fans at the 28th annual Mining City Duals Jim Street Classic Wrestling Tournament – the Street Duals – were treated to a show Friday, as Butte High defeated three-time defending state champion Great Falls High 42-30.

The win capped a 3-0 day in which the Bulldogs also handled Billings West and Corvallis. Butte moves on to championship pool action, which begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Butte High. The Bulldogs will take on Sidney in the ninth round, scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start, though it may be earlier depending on the length of the eighth round.

First-year Butte High head coach Cory Johnston needed a minute to cool off after the dramatic win, but had great praise for his team.

“They’re starting to believe,” he said. “They’re some of the top caliber kids in the state. We just competed with the three-time defending state champion.”

Johnston also tipped his cap to the Bison.

“Great Falls is a great team and we have a shot at running into them again tomorrow,” he said. “It’s probably not over yet. We’ll see them plenty.”

Johnston said Wednesday that the key for the Bulldogs would be to get out to a good start in the first match against Billings West. Butte’s wrestlers heard the call and stormed out to a 42-0 lead against Billings West en route to a 48-24 win.

The fast start worked so well against the Bears, the Bulldogs tried it again in their second dual against Corvallis. Butte shot to a 56-0 lead and coasted to a 59-12 victory over the Blue Devils.

Butte opened with a 12-0 lead over the Bison, but fell as far behind as nine points before the last two matches – featuring pins from Ty Vetter and Kelly Merrick – sealed the outcome.

The dual started off with an edgy 138-pound battle between Ax Henningsen and Blade Massey. Butte’s Henningsen was in control with some sharp double-leg shots that resulted in an 8-2 lead going into the third period. That’s where Henningsen ran a half Nelson and finished the pin with a honeymooner.

Kaleb Ferriter then wrestled what may have been the most exciting three minutes of the day against Chase Perry. The Bison grappler shot in and snagged a single leg, but Ferriter didn’t panic and countered with a raider that gave him the takedown.

“We practice that just about every day,” Johnston said of the slick, between-the-legs move. “When they get that leg it’s just getting started.”

Ferriter ended the match with a second-period pin, and then it was Great Falls’ turn, as Jordan pinned Willie Anderson and Tommy McMillen registered a fall over Kadin Schonsberg. Chase Short then beat the first-period buzzer with a pin of Kadon Queer at 170 pounds.

Coming off a tough match against Corvallis, Quinn Cunneen was a little beat up for his 182-pound bout against Travis Tomei, but reached deep and bounced back from Tomei’s opening takedown and posted a convincing 6-2 win.

Kyle Harding ran into a wall in Ryan Moldenhauer at 205 pounds, and the Bison pin put Great Falls up 24-15. Butte sophomore heavyweight Jeff Queer turned a second-period escape into a pinning combination and brought Butte back within three points of the lead.

Freshman 103-pounder Will Queer followed up with just his second win of the season, a dramatic staple of Kole Writingbird that brought the Bulldog fans, wrestlers and coaches to their feet. Tyler Casey followed up with a solid 12-7 decision over Declan Mahoney at 113, but Gabe Tierney absorbed a pin at 120 and the team score was tied 30-all with two matches to go.

Ty Vetter and Kelly Merrick each posted first-period pins and the old Butte High gym went wild.

“They went out and got after it,” Johnston said.

Had the dual against West started at a heavier weight, there might have been a hint of drama, but the lighter weights left no room for worry.

After Will Queer picked up a forfeit win at 103, Tyler Casey went to work at 113, taking a 10-6 in the third period against Jalen Rambin. Casey slipped into a head and arm after a takedown and ended the match with a pin.

Gabe Tierney showed good energy against Kole Niess at 120 pounds, finishing the match in the first period with a cross-face cradle. Butte’s Tyler Vetter kept the heat on at 126 pounds with a first-period pin of Trevin Gradney, also utilizing the cradle.

At 132, Kelly Merrick relied on crafty leg work and held on for an 11-8 decision, followed by a tight 5-4 squeaker won by Ax Henningsen at 138. Henningsen scored first against Mason Misner with a nice double-leg takedown, but the Bear pulled a reversal to knot the score at 2-2 after two minutes. Misner chose bottom in the second period, but Henningsen was able to get three back points, which held up against the two back points Misner scored in the third with exposure from a near-side cradle.

Kaleb Ferriter got the Bulldogs back in the pin groove with a second period pin against Austin Stricker at 145 pounds. Ferriter was up 12-2 before registering the pin. Willie Anderson’s forfeit win at 152 left the team score at 42-0 in Butte’s favor.

Kadin Schonsberg suffered Butte’s first loss at 160. The Bulldog junior attempted to roll a cradle across his back, but lost the hold in the wrong spot and was pinned by Matt Larsen. Kadon Queer showed flair with his leg work in pinning West’s Gavin Compton in the second period of the 170-pound bout.

West salvaged a few wins in the upper weights, as Quinn Cunneen, Kyle Harding and Jeff Queer each lost by pin, but the Bulldogs had clinched the dual long before then.

Momentum wasn’t a friend to Corvallis, as the Bulldogs continued rolling less than two hours later with eight straight pins to open the dual. Tierney and Vetter duplicated their earlier pins, while Merrick kept the heat on with a first-period pin of Will Wissenbach, who was ranked fourth among Class A 138-pounders before dropping to 132.

Ax Henningsen kept his unbeaten record unblemished with a second-period pin of Drew Schmitt, while Ferriter, Anderson, Schonsberg and Kadon Queer all won by fall. Quinn Cunneen needed all six minutes to take a 2-0 decision against Hunter Barron, and then freshman 205-pounder Kyle Harding got his first varsity win with a 37-second pin earned against Harley Wise. The Corvallis wrestler attempted an upper-body throw, but Harding countered and took Wise straight to his back for the win.

Jeff Queer came out on the wrong end of a heavyweight head and arm and lost by pin, followed by 103-pound Will Queer, who lost by pin in the second period.

Tyler Casey put the exclamation point on the lop-sided win with an 8-2 decision won against Dante Venema at 113 pounds.

Butte High saw five wrestlers go 3-0 on the day – Casey, Vetter, Merrick, Henningsen and Ferriter – while Henningsen ran his overall record to 9-0. All 13 Bulldogs won at least one match, and Johnston said he could see a different look in the eyes of his team.

“Something like this turns everything around,” Johnston said. “You have to have something happen before you can start believing it, and this was something really big, for the program, at least. It’s a long season. We didn’t win the state championship, but we did knock off the state champion.”


Bulldog 138-pound wrestler Braxton Henningsen gets some advice from the Butte High coaches.

Bulldog 138-pound wrestler Braxton Henningsen gets some advice from the Butte High coaches.

Butte's Kadon Queer takes control of Gavin Compton.

Butte’s Kadon Queer takes control of Gavin Compton at 170 pounds.

Butte High's Quinn Cunneen bridges to try to avoid a pin against West's Tanner Brown at 182 pounds.

Butte High’s Quinn Cunneen bridges to try to avoid a pin against West’s Tanner Brown at 182 pounds.

Bulldog Kellly Merrick takes on West's Jace Rhodes at 132 pounds.

Bulldog Kellly Merrick takes on West’s Jace Rhodes at 132 pounds.

Butte High's Kyle Harding battles West's Conner Paul at 205.

Butte High’s Kyle Harding battles West’s Conner Paul at 205.

Butte 48, Billings West 24

(Matches started at 103) 103 – Will Queer, Butte, won by forfeit. 113 – Tyler Casey, Butte p. Jalen Rambin 5:03. 120 – Gabe Tierney, Butte, p. Kole Niess 1:36. 126 – Tyler Vetter, Butte, p. Trevin Gradney 1:55. 132 – Kelly Merrick, Butte, d. Jace Rhodes 11-8. 138 – Braxton Henningsen, Butte, d. Mason Misner 5-4. 145 – Kaleb Ferriter, Butte, p. Austin Stricker 3:46. 152 – Willie Anderson, Butte, won by forfeit. 160 – Matt Larsen, West, p. Kadin Schonsberg 1:58. 170 – Kadon Queer, Butte, p. Gavin Compton 3:08. 182 – Tanner Brown, West, p. Quinn Cunneen :59. 205 – Conner Paul, West, p. Kyle Harding 3:49. 285 – Jason Leinwand, West, p. Jeff Queer 1:58.

Butte 59, Corvallis 12

(Matches started at 120) 103 – Carter Brown, Corvallis, p. Will Queer 3:17. 113 – Tyler Casey, Butte, d. Dante Venema 8-2. 120 – Gabe Tierney, Butte, p. Jimmy Schmitt 1:03. 126 – Tyler Vetter, Butte, p. Aaron Christensen :21. 132 – Kelly Merrick, Butte, p. Will Wissenbach 1:53. 138 – Braxton Henningsen, Butte, p. Drew Schmitt 3:40. 145 – Kaleb Ferriter, Butte, p. Eli Roland :53. 152 – Willie Anderson, Butte, p. Hunter Pinerio 1:03. 160 – Kadin Schonsberg, Butte, p. Kye McCollaum 2:41. 170 – Kadon Queer, Butte, p. Colten Ewalt 1:03. 182 – Quinn Cunneen, Butte, d. Hunter Barron 2-0. 205 – Kyle Harding, Butte, p. Harley Wise :37. 285 – Luke Channer, Corvallis, p. Jeff Queer :46.

Butte 42, Great Falls 30

(Matches started at 138 pounds) 103 – Wll Queer, Butte, p. Kole Writingbird 1:54. 113 – Tyler Casey, Butte, d. Declan Mahoney 12-7. 120 – Caleb McMillen, GF, p. Gabe Tierney 1:25. 126 – Ty Vetter, Butte, p. Jack Dressel :52. 132 – Kelly Merrick, Butte, p. Russel Weinholz 1:58. 138 – Braxton Henningsen, Butte, p. Blade Massey 4:41. 145 – Kaleb Ferriter, Butte, p. Chase Perry 3:06. 152 – Jordan Komac, GF, p. Willie Anderson 3:21. 160 – Tommy McMillen, GF, p. Kadin Schonsberg 3:35. 170 – Chase Short, GF, p. Kadon Queer 2:00. 182 – Quinn Cunneen, Butte, d. Travis Tomei 6-2. 205 – Ryan Moldenhauer, GF, p. Kyle Harding :27. 285 – Jeff Queer, Butte, p. Jensen Poirier 2:19. 3 comments

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  • Timothy Sweeten
    December 11, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Any chance we can get full team score updates after each round? Please?

  • Bryce
    December 11, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Is there any way we can get updates on the duals???

  • diggerpride
    December 11, 2015, 3:58 pm

    this is unofficial but Butte beat Corvallis something like 50-12.

    Big sky beat Senior 33-28

    Great Falls High beat Billings West 52-17


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