Dogs fourth at Jug Beck

Kip Pumnea, Mason Christian finish runners up

MISSOULA — Butte High placed fourth at the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic.

The two-day, 27-team tournament wrapped up Saturday at the Missoula Sentinel gym, and 10 Bulldogs placed in the top eight of their weight class. Kip Pumnea and Mason Christian led the way for Butte with runner-up finishes. (Results)

The tournament is named after the legendary former coach from Missoula Sentinel.

Kalispell Flathead captured the team title with 314.5 points. University High from Washington took second at 221, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho finished third at 217. The Bulldogs scored 206 points, and fifth-place Belgrade followed with 151.5.

Christian came the closest to a Butte title. After knocking off Jace DeShazer of Libby 10-3 in the semifinals, the Bulldog junior fell in a 1-0 thriller to top-seeded Noah Poe-Hatten of Flathead in the 182-pound title match.

Pumnea placed second in the 132-pound division. He beat Asher Kemppainen of Flathead 8-6 in the semifinals. He was pinned by Teegan Vasques of Glacier in the title tilt.

Trey Whitlock (at 113 pounds), Kyler Raiha (120) and Maverick McEwen (138) placed third for the Bulldogs. Reid Whitlock (103) placed fourth, Riley Downey (170) finished fifth, Karson Pumnea (126) and Morgan McClernan (160) took seventh, and Connor Konda (145) placed eighth.

The Bulldogs will be busy next week. After heading to Missoula Hellgate on Tuesday, the Bulldogs will play host to Kalispell Glacier and Flathead on Thursday. Then, Butte High will compete in the Class AA Duals Saturday in Great Falls.

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