Bulldogs end duals with 2-3 mark

Butte High wrapped up competition in the 26th annual Mining City Duals Saturday, coming away with a win over Polson that gave the Bulldog wrestlers a 2-3 record for the weekend.

Class A powerhouse Havre surged past Billings Skyview 33-31 to claim the team title, while Great Falls outdistanced defending team champion Sidney 40-23 for third place.

Wrestling in the consolation rounds after going 1-2 in Friday’s duals, Butte High had a realistic shot at winning both duals Saturday, but had to settle for a 42-40 setback to Kalispell Flathead in the day’s opening dual for both teams.

Starting at 152 pounds, Butte’s Kadin Schonsberg got six team points the easy way with a forfeit, followed by Andy Anderson’s fourth win of the tournament – a pin over Camron Mantel late in the second period. Anderson also collected a forfeit against Polson, leaving his weekend record unblemished.

Nick Challeen got six via forfeit, giving Butte an 18-0 edge before Flathead found the scoreboard at 182 pounds. Lee Cannon righted Butte’s ship with a tight 5-3 overtime win over  Mitchell Stivers. With the score knotted 1-1, Stivers managed a takedown with half a minute to wrestle. After a restart seconds later, Cannon turned a reversal and hung on to prevent an escape and force overtime, where he finished a nice single for the win.

“I was really pleased with Lee this weekend,” said Butte head coach Jim Bob Humphrey. “He had to push himself a little bit.”

Flathead shot back, taking a win by forfeit at 220 followed by three straight pins to claim a 30-21 edge in the team score.

Freshman Bryson Henningsen got the ’Dogs back on track at 113 pounds, where he ran a half to pin the Braves’ Michael Schmeasser early in the second period. That was followed by a big win for sophomore Kelly Merrick, who poured on the steam in the final seconds of his match with Dyan Guzman. The burst propelled Merrick from a six-point win to an eight-point win, giving Butte an extra team point for a major decision and a 31-30 advantage in the team column.

Two more Flathead pins put the Braves in the driver’s seat, but pin wins by Butte in the final two matches would be enough for a Bulldog win. Neither Kaleb Ferriter at 138 or Levi Renz at 145 was able to post a pin, though each won in convincing fashion. Ferriter scored a 14-0 major decision over Daniel Devall, and Renz rolled to a 16-0 technical fall over Cody Wood.

Butte High started well against Polson, as Cannon won 8-4 at 195 pounds to stand out as the only Bulldog to wrestle for five wins on the weekend. Polson led ever so briefly after collecting a forfeit at 220, but Butte heavyweight Connor Lee’s forfeit gave Butte a lead they wouldn’t again give up.

Ty Vetter scored a nice 12-4 win at  106 pounds, while Merrick charged to a 3:18 pin of Jaben Wenzel at 126 pounds. Ferriter and Renz both stormed ahead with victories by pin to complete a successful weekend.

“I’ve been pleased with Kaleb all year,” Humphrey said. “He’s relentless with the pressure, and every time out you see a little more of him. He’s good now, and his ceiling is sky high.”

Wyatt Merkel gave Butte a win in the Bulldogs’ final match of the tourney. Down 5-1 in the second period, Merkel flipped Tele Seemann over his shoulders and straight to his back, where the Bulldog earned a pin to go 2-1 on the weekend.

“Wyatt’s giving up weight at 182 but we’re trying to feed him,” Humphrey said. “He’s very coachable and he works like a dog. That’s starting to pay off for him.”

Heading into the final week of competition before the Christmas break, Humphrey said he likes the direction his team is headed.

“The guys had to fight out of some tough spots,” he said. “We’re learning to give ourselves a chance to wrestle deeper into the matches. Good things happen when you have to wrestle six minutes.”

Butte is back in action next weekend at the CMR Holiday Classic tourney in Great Falls.


Kalispell Flathead 42, Butte 40

98 – Hunter Rush, Flathead, p. Tyler Casey 5:01. 106 – Cody Devall, Flathead, p. Tyler Vetter :42. 113 – Bryson Henningsen, Butte, p. Michael Schmeasser 2:40. 120 – Kelly Merrick, Butte, md. Dyan Guzman 12-4. 126 – Gavin Wilson, Flathead, p. Tyler Ossello 1:50. 132 – Tyler Davis, Flathead, p. Braxton Henningsen1:37. 138 – Kaleb Ferriter, Butte, md. Daniel Devall 14-0. 145 – Levi Renz, Butte, tf. Cody Wood 16-0. 152 – Kadin Schonsberg, Butte, won by forfeit. 160 – Andy Anderson, Butte, p. Camron Mantel 3:56. 170 – Nick Challeen, Butte, won by forfeit. 182 – Logan Wilson, Flathead, p. Wyatt Merkel 1:53. 195 – Lee Cannon, Butte, d. Mitchell Stivers 5-3 OT. 220 – Riley Leigh, Flathead, won by forfeit. 285 – Axel Bladholm, Flathead, p. Connor Lee 1:30.


Butte 54, Polson 27

98 – Tyler Casey, Butte, won by forfeit. 106 – Tyler Vetter, Butte, d. Thunder Morales 12-6. 113 – Taylor Motrin, Polson, p. Bryson Henningsen 1:12. 120 – Tyler Ossello, Butte, won by forfeit. 126 – Kelly Merrick, Butte, p. Jaben Wenzel 3:18. 132 – Carlos Quinones, Polson, p. Braxton Henningsen 5:59. 138 – Kaleb Ferriter, Butte, p. Rhett Burland 3:15. 145 – Levi Renz, Butte, p. Jared Young :43. 152 – Warren Wood, Polson, p. Kadin Schonsberg 1:29. 160 – Andy Anderson, Butte, won by forfeit. 170 – Tel Motichka, Polson, d. Nick Challeen 3-1. 182 – Wyatt Merkel, Butte, p. Tele Seemann 3:48. 195 – Lee Cannon, Butte, d. Mike Corrigan 8-4. 220 – Isaiah Williams, Polson, won by forfeit. 285 – Connor Lee, Butte, won by forfeit.


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