Butte wrestlers place at LeProwse tourney

BOZEMAN – Great Falls ran off with the team title at the Tom LeProwse “Battle in the Bridgers” Wrestling Invitational Friday and Saturday at Bozeman High, but Butte High and Butte Central both had a few good showings in the meet as well.

Butte High’s Lee Cannon notched a second-place finish, falling to Bozeman’s Keavon Buckley in the 195-pound finals, while Levi Renz took third at 145 pounds in the big tournament. The Bulldogs also got a fourth-place spot at 126 pounds from Ax Henningsen, while his younger brother Bryson wound up eighth at 113 pounds.

The Maroons got a pair of fourth-place finishes from Clay Stillwagon at 113 pounds and Zach Hart at 138, while Bryce Noctor wound up in seventh at 106 pounds.

Cannon, who now holds a 23-4 record on the season, ran into a tough matchup against Buckley in the final. The pair last met at the CMR Holiday tourney where Buckley scored a 9-2 decision after Cannon made a last-ditch effort at a head-and-arm throw to pull ahead late. The move backfired, and Buckley got back points and the win.

Butte High head coach Jim Bob Humphrey said his staff has been working to help Cannon “open up” and wrestle more aggressively. That motivation was apparent in Cannon’s three pin victories en route to the finals, including a semifinal win over Dillon’s Parker Tezak.

“Lee opened up against Tezak,” Humphrey observed. “When he’s aggressive like that, his opponents have a heck of a time with him.”

Cannon came out hard against Buckley, but the Bozeman standout was prepared and countered effectively for an early takedown. Late in the second period Buckley took advantage of an opening and threw Cannon to his back with a head-and-arm and scored the pin.

At 145 pounds, Renz scored a technical fall and a major decision to land in a semifinal matchup with Anaconda’s Bryan Armstrong. While both wrestlers managed escapes, Armstrong scored the only takedown of the match to claim a 3-1 decision. Renz bounced back in the consolation semis with a win over Bozeman’s Ben Manion, setting up a match with CMR’s Isiah Yates for third place. Renz was solid and quick in his 3-1 victory over the Rustler.

Ax Henningsen, who over the holiday break dropped from 132 to 126 pounds, opened the tourney with a pin win before falling to Dylan Duffalo of Missoula Sentinel in the first period of their second-round match. Henningsen roared through the wrestlebacks with three pins to force a rematch with Duffalo in the consolation semifinals. Henningsen fell behind early but stormed back to nearly pin his opponent and avenge the earlier loss with a 9-1 win. Henningsen had to settle for fourth, however, as he was pinned by Bozeman’s Silas Hopkins in the consolation final.

“We started out slow Friday,” Humphrey said. “It was a real challenging first round, but most of the guys came back hard and wrestled ’til the bitter end. A lot of times things didn’t go our way, but they wrestled hard.”

Stillwagon came in as the top-seeded wrestler at 113 pounds and rolled through his first two matches, despite battling the flu bug the past week. The Maroon then lost in the third period of the semifinals to Clayton Currier of Columbus, the same wrestler who defeated Stillwagon at the CMR Holiday Classic two weeks ago. Stillwagon rallied to pin Tyler Meyer of Great Falls in the consolation semifinals, but didn’t have the energy left to compete for third

Zach Hart won his first match Friday, but a loss to Havre’s Parker Filius sent him to the consolation bracket, where he ran into two Butte High wrestlers. Hart defeated Kaleb Ferriter 12-2, then scored a first-period pin over Willy Anderson. Hart came up just short of third place, suffering a 5-4 decision to Logan McGreevey of Missoula Big Sky.

Butte High is back on the mat on Tuesday in Belgrade against Anaconda and the host Panthers, before traveling to the Smelter City on Thursday for a 6 p.m. dual with the Copperheads. Butte Central’s next scheduled action comes Friday and Saturday when the Maroons travel east to compete in the Miles City Classic.

 

 

Willy Anderson surges for an escape against Chandler Paulson of Missoula Sentinel. Pat Ryan photo

Levi Renz shoots a double against Bozeman’s Ben Manion in the consolation semifinal round. Pat Ryan photo

Levi Renz finishes a double against CMR’s Isiah Yates in the 145-pound consolation finals. Pat Ryan photo
Bryce Noctor runs a bar in his 106-pound match against Big Sky’s Wyatt Gordon. Pat Ryan photo
Lee Cannon prepares to pin Dillon’s Parker Tezak in a 195-pound semifinal match. Pat Ryan photo

 

Butte Central’s Zach Hart works for position against Helena Capital’s Caleb Rushing. Pat Ryan photo

Clay Stillwagon scrambles for a takedown against Tyler Meyer of Great Falls in their 113-pound consolation semifinal match. Pat Ryan photo
Tyler Meyer of Great Falls brings Clay Stillwagon to the mat in their 113-pound match. Pat Ryan photo
Butte’s Ax Henningsen maneuvers for a reversal in his 126-pound consolation semifinal match with Dylan Duffalo of Missoula Sentinel. Pat Ryan photo
Butte High’s Ax Henningsen works for an escape against Bozeman’s Silas Hopkins in the 126-pound consolation finals. Pat Ryan photo

 

Tom LeProwse Wrestling
At Bozeman

Team scores – 1. Great Falls 255, 2. Missoula Big Sky 194.5, 3. Forsyth 185.5, 4. Missoula Sentinel 180, 5. Bozeman 165.5, 6. Helena Capital 160.5, 7. Colstrip 160, 8. Havre 144, 9. C.M. Russell 132, 10. Butte 121, 11. Belgrade 117, 12. Hardin 109, 13. Helena 100.5, 14. Anaconda 96.5, 15. Dillon 90, 16. Huntley Project 77, 17. Cody, Wyo. 76, 18. Butte Central 58.5, 19. Bozeman JV 51, 20. Laurel 43.5, 21. Whitehall 31.5, 22. Miles city 14, 23. Livingston 4.

98
Championship – Schroeder, BOZ, md. S. Degen, BEL, 14-6.
Third place – L. Bradley, COL, p. N. Kunz, CAP, 4:52.
Fifth place – D. Altenburg, CMR, tf. I. Renfro, MST, 19-3
106
Championship – J. Hegel, MST, def. J. Conklin, MBS by default.
Third place – K. Starkel, DIL, d. N. Durnell, CMR, 5-0
Fifth place – B. Johnson , WHL, d. W. Gordon, MBS 5-0.
113
Championship — S. Schroeck, CAP, d. C. Currier, COL 6-4.
Third place – K. Kennelly, HAV, def. C. Stillwagon, BUC, by default
Fifth place – T. Meyer, GFH, d. D. Koures, MBS 4-2.
120
Championship – G. Currier, COL, p. G. Brenna, HAV, 3:21
Third place – L. Bailey, HEL, d. K. Evans, GFH 5-3
Fifth place – J. Komac, GFH, md. C. McDaniel FOR, 8-0
126
Championship – M. Weber FOR, d. T. McMillen GFH, 6-2
Third place – S. Hopkins, BOZ, p. B. Henningsen, BUT, 1:41
Fifth place – D. Duffalo, MST, p. D. Stewart, HAV, 4:31
132
Championship – C. Dobson, GFH, d. J. Degen, BEL, 6-4
Third place – S. Currier, COL, d. L. Harms, FOR, 4-1
Fifth place – D. Schulte, MST, d. T. Gruber, HAV 4-0
138
Championship – A. Shupe, GFH, d. P. Filius, HAV, 11-4
Third place – L. McGreevey, MBS, d. Z. Hart, BUC, 5-04.
Fifth place – C. Rushing, CAP, p. L. Degen, BEL, 4:51
145
Championship – L. Weber, FOR, d. B. Armstrong, ANA, 5-0
Third place – L. Renz, BUT, d. I. Yates, CMR, 3-1
Fifth place – G. Bentley, GFH, d. B. Manion BOZJV 2-0
152
Championship – B. Weber, FOR, d. J. Dickson, CMR, 3-2
Third place – K. Leonard, GFH, p. C. McElhinney, GFH, 3:59
Fifth place – A. Blaede, COL, p. J. Stokes, HAV, 1:58
160
Championship – C. Niler, FOR, md. J. Beaudrie, CODY, 11-1
Third place – W. Ferda, GFH, d. J. Riekena, MBS, 9-7
Fifth place – B. Bilbrey, GFH, p. T. Delp, HDN, 4:52
170
Championship – L. Entzel, MBS, d. S. Landerman, CODY, 4-3
Third place – E. Reich, ANA, p. T. Brugman, CMR, 2:13
Fifth place – J. Harbison, MST, p. C. Fredericks, HDN, :37
182
Championship – R. Keesler, GFH, d. A. Schmitz, CAP 6-5
Third place – C. Wiers, BOZ, p. C. Murdock, HDN, :35
Fifth place – M. Ammatto-Cattaneo, GFH, p. M. Bertelsen, BOZJV 2:12
195
Championship – K. Buckley, BOZ, p. L. Cannon, BUT, 3:55
Third place – P. Tezak, DIL, d. K. Dole HTP 6-4
Fifth place – C. Gordon, MBS, d. T. Erickson, HEL, 7-2
220
Championship – J. Wilson MST, D. T. Adams, HAV 3-1 in SVQ1
Third place – D. Koffman, CAP, d. E. Weaver, GFH, 2-1
Fifth place – S. Hilborn, HEL, p. T. Brewer, MBS, 1:56
285
Championship – D. Hucke, DIL, d. C. Miller, MBS, 3-0
Third place – B. Wigert, ANA, p. C. Hammock MST, 1:18
Fifth place – R. Smith, GFH, p. R. Becker, HDN :32.



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