LEWISTOWN — With three state champions leading the way, East Middle School placed third in the Montana Middle School Championships Saturday at the Fergus High School Field House.
The Bullpups scored 197 team points, finishing behind Team Champs, a club team from Billings, at 258 and Great Falls East at 218. Laurel placed third at 174, and Sidney place fifth at 153.
Zach Tierney at heavyweight, Kip Pumnea at 115 pounds, and Maverick McEwen at 90 pounds captured state titles to lead the Bullpups.
Karson Pumnea (85 pounds) and Daniel Harrington (160) placed third, while Will Stepan (80), Sean Ossello (115) and Trey Hansen (130) placed fourth. Butte’s Cayden McNeil (105) took sixth place.
The Butte team included some fifth- and sixth-grade wrestlers along with the seventh- and eighth-grade students from East.
Other Bullpups who competed are Ben Tierney, Marquis Abad, Ryder McEwen, Canyon Mullaney, Grady Winston, Tyson Zeren, Tyler Wasley, Trey Antonioli, Jeremiah LaPier, Reid Whitlock, Jim Blow, Keaton Snyder, Tanner Bair, Gavin Rowe, David Babb, Brayden Pierce, Aiden Cuchine, Aiden Tierney, Jake Bailey, Wiley Dallaserra, Jonas Sherman and Zach Pesanti.
The Bullpups are coached by Craig Remsen, Noah McEwen, Marcus McCaughey, Jerret Rowling and Jeremy Whitlock.