Bulldogs finish Street Duals with win, 3-3 record

By Pat Ryan

Sometimes things don’t fall your way. But then sometimes, you just need to give them a little push in the right direction.

Butte High finished off the 29th annual Mining City Duals Jim Street Classic Wrestling Tournament Saturday evening with a win over Huntley Project, closing out a performance that saw the team wrap up the event with a 3-3 record.

After a tough matchup against Helena High in Saturday’s opener, Butte came up against Great Falls High. The Bulldogs had chances to take the dual in a few places, but couldn’t make it happen in a 36-32 loss. Then, in a nail-biter against Class B power Huntley Project, the Bulldogs dug deep and pulled off a come-from-behind 36-30 win where the win wasn’t certain until the buzzer rang on the final match.

Havre held off Helena High 38-15 to claim the Blue Ponies’ record seventh Street Duals title, and the fourth in a row. Butte High has the next most titles with five, while Billings Skyview has four.

Helena competed in the finals for the first time ever, and wrapped up a very successful 6-1 record on the weekend.

Havre came into the Duals with 21 straight dual victories, dating back to the 2012 title match, where the Blue Ponies lost to Sidney. That streak came to an end Saturday, as the Helena Capital Bruins shocked the Ponies with a 42-35 victory.

Havre fought back and won its pool, then knocked off Class AA power Kalispell Flathead en route to the title dual. Helena defeated Missoula Big Sky to reach the finals. Big Sky forfeited the third-place dual, leaving the Braves with third place.

Gabe Tierney tightens his grip for the pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)
Gabe Tierney tightens his grip for the pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)

Butte High had a couple hours to regroup after the Helena High loss (see earlier story), and got right back to work when Gabe Tierney wrestled his only match of the day (he won a pair of forfeits as well). Wrestling at 126 pounds, Tierney started out slow against Braden Lomas, notching a takedown in the first period, but came on strong to post a 10-3 decision despite a sore shoulder.

Ty Vetter did nearly the same thing against Caden Hilliard, opening with a takedown in the first, then pouring on the steam for a 9-1 major decision.

Bryson Henningsen works for position against Great Falls Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)
Bryson Henningsen works for position against Great Falls Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)

The Bison got their first points when Russell Weinholz pinned Bryson Henningsen at 138, then six more at 145 when Willie Anderson paid for a mistake with a fall to Tyler Loch.

Red Schonsberg looks for the pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)
Red Schonsberg looks for the pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)

Red Schonsberg got Butte moving in the right direction when  he ran an arm bar to finish off Thomas Rice in 3:29. Great Falls got five back when Jordan Komac rolled to a technical fall of Butte freshman Kameron Moreno.

Butte forfeited the 170-pound category, bumping Carl Anderson to 182, where he dropped a tough 4-0 decision to Travis Tomei. Kyle Harding then dropped a first-period pin to Ryalan Moldenhauer before Bulldog heavyweight Jeff Queer picked up an interesting pin against Jensen Poirier. The Bison wrestler tried pulling Queer backward for fall points, but the Butte heavyweight balanced on top of his opponent and got the backward pin.

Butte heavyweight Jeff Queer scores a backward pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)
Butte heavyweight Jeff Queer scores a backward pin Saturday against Great Falls. (Pat Ryan photo)

Wil Queer lost a tough 6-4 decision at 103 before Scout Allen and Ty Casey each picked up pins to end the dual.

“There were a lot of little things we could have done better,” Butte head coach Cory Johnston said. “But I thought it was a good effort.”

Butte had a shorter break before the Huntley Project dual, and maybe that was a good thing.

Though the Bulldogs got off on the wrong foot when Henningsen lost by fall in the second period to Matthew Middleton.

Butte freshman Quinn Sullivan looks for an opening in his match against Huntley Project Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)
Butte freshman Quinn Sullivan looks for an opening in his match against Huntley Project Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)

Butte freshman Quinn Sullivan, wrestling in his first varsity match, looked like a seasoned veteran as he dismantled Sam Schmidt at 145 pounds, rolling to a 6-0 decision. Willie Anderson followed up at 152, and was tight with Cory Kistler, down 2-1, but made a slight mistake and a fall ended his day. Anderson finished the weekend with a 3-2 record.

Kadin Schonsberg took the morning off to take his ACT test, though it didn’t matter, as his weight against Helena was open. The burly senior made good use of the time he did spend on the mat, however, ending his day with a first-period pin of Isaiah Wohlfeil. Schonsberg used an arm bar for the feat, a move that’s his bread and butter. “Red” finished the weekend with a spotless 5-0 record, all coming via pin.

Carl Anderson had a tough go against Wyatt Selman at 170, dropping a 6-4 decision. Anderson rallied late in the match, but not quite soon enough. Anderson finished the weekend 2-4.

Kyle Harding endured a winless weekend, but looked good in his final match against Austin Buys. Harding went toe-to-toe with the Red Devil, and took a solid shot. Buys countered, though, catching Harding in a head-and-arm that ended the match.

Butte Heavyweight Jeff Queer remained unbeaten this season with a 4-0 record over the course of the weekend, running his season ledger to 8-0. His match against Project’s Trey Copeland may have been his toughest so far. The big boys were tied 1-1 with 90 seconds left in the match, but Queer rallied and posted a pin with eight seconds left.

Wil Queer tries to turn his opponent Saturday at the Butte High gym. (Pat Ryan photo)
Wil Queer tries to turn his opponent Saturday at the Butte High gym. (Pat Ryan photo)

Wil Queer battled hard at 103, but dropped a 6-2 nod to Clayton Donally, leaving Butte behind in the team score, 30-15.

Scout Allen works for a takedown Saturday against Huntley Project. (Pat Ryan photo)
Scout Allen works for a takedown Saturday against Huntley Project. (Pat Ryan photo)

Scout Allen chalked up his fourth varsity win of the weekend against just one loss at 113 pounds, where he pinned Jaxon Dean in the first period. Tierney’s forfeit at 120 gave Butte six more points, and a first-period pin from Tyler Casey gave Butte its first lead of the dual, 33-30. Casey wound up the tournament with a 4-2 record.

Tyler Casey shoots for two points Saturday against Huntley Project. (Pat Ryan photo)
Tyler Casey shoots for two points Saturday against Huntley Project. (Pat Ryan photo)

With a three-point lead and just Tyler Vetter’s 132-pound match remaining, the final result was still up in the air. Vetter and Hunter Connard battled like the match was on the line, and when the smoke cleared, Vetter walked away with a 9-6 decision, giving Butte the 36-33 win.

Tyler Vetter battles in the final match of the day Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)
Tyler Vetter battles in the final match of the day Saturday. (Pat Ryan photo)

“That was a great way to finish,” Johnston said. “Obviously we’d like to be 6-0, but working with our open weight class we didn’t do too bad.”

The Bulldogs are back in action next weekend when they travel to Great Falls for the CMR Holiday Classic.

Butte’s JV squad also had some success on the weekend, taking third place at the Whitehall Duals. Butte’s only loss came to the Bozeman JV, while the Bulldogs beat Anaconda twice, once for third place.

Great Falls 35, Butte 32

(Dual started at 126 pounds) 103 – Easton Shupe, GF, d. Wil Queer 8-4. 113 – Scout Allen, Butte, p. Austin Phatavong 1:33. 120 – Tyler Casey, Butte, p. Hunter Renville 1:44. 126 – Gabe Tierney, Butte, d. Braden Lomas 10-3. 132 – Tyler Vetter, Butte, md. Caden Hilliard 9-1. 138 – Russell Weinholz, GF, p. Bryson Henningsen 3:58. 145 – Tyler Loch, GF, p. Willie Anderson 4:16. 152 – Kadin Schonsberg, Butte, p. Thomas Rice 3:29. 160 – Jordan Komac, GF, tf. Kameron Moreno 17-1. 170 – Chase Short, GF, won by forfeit. 182 – Travis Tomei, GF, d. Carl Anderson 4-0. 205 – Rylan Moldenhauer, GF, p. Kyle Harding 1:44. 285 – Jeff Queer, Butte, p. Jensen Poirier 2:18.

Butte 36, Huntley Project 30

(Dual started at 138 pounds) 103 – Clayton Donally, HP, d. Wil Queer 6-2. 113 – Scout Allen, Butte, p. Jaxon Dean 1:35. 120 – Gabe Tierney, Butte, won by forfeit. 126 – Tyler Casey, Butte, p. Cade Budell 1:25. 132 – Tyler Vetter, Butte, d. Hunter Connard 9-6. 138 – Matthew Middleton, HP, p. Bryson Henningsen 3:05. 145 – Quinn Sullivan, Butte, d. Sam Schmidt 6-0. 152 – Willie Anderson, Butte, p. Cory Kistler 5:12. 160 – Kadin Schonsberg, Butte, p. Isaiah Wohlfeil 1:19. 170 – Wyatt Selman, HP, d. Carl Anderson 6-4. 182 – Kaino Dole, HP, won by forfeit. 205 – Austin Buys, HP, p. Kyle Harding 1:26. 285 – Jeff Queer, Butte, p. Trey Copeland 5:52.

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