A marquee tournament, a competitive smaller schools meet and a mixer get-together will open high school wrestling in Southwestern Montana this weekend.
Butte Central will hold its annual mixer on Thursday. Bouts are to begin at 5 p.m. in the Maroon Activities Center. Each entrant will wrestle two or three bouts, most likely, and team scores will not be kept. It is an early chance for lesser experienced contestants to delve into varsity wrestling competition. Butte Central’s entries will be joined by contestants from the Class A and B-C ranks mostly. Most will be from schools competing in Butte and Whitehall tournaments this weekend.
The Whitehall Duals tournament will be held Friday and Saturday with rounds to begin at 10 a.m. each day. Some Class AA and A junior varsities will join the Class A and B-C varsity teams in the field. The Butte High girls’ team will make its season debut on Saturday in the Flathead Invitational tourney at Kalispell. Matches are to start at 10 a.m.
The showcase competition will be the 34th annual Mining City Duals-Jim Street Classic tournament Friday and Saturday at Butte High. Action will be held in both gyms. Two-time defending state AA champion Flathead of Kalispell is the defending Mining City Duals-Jim Street Classic titlists, having defeated Butte High 42-27 last year.
Matches will start at 10 a.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The championship dual meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday’s pool schedule follows:
10 a.m. – Kalispell Flathead vs. Browning, Butte High vs. Missoula Hellgate, Billings Senior vs. Lewistown, South Fremont (St. Anthony, Idaho) vs. Missoula Big Sky, Great Falls High vs. Missoula Sentinel.
11:15 – Great Falls C.M. Russell vs. Havre, Billings West vs. Helena High, Bozeman Gallatin vs. Billings Skyview, Columbia Falls vs. Kalispell Glacier, Butte High No. 2 vs. Belgrade.
12:30 p.m. – Havre vs. Browning, Bozeman High vs. Frenchtown, Billings Senior vs. Columbia Falls, Helena Capital vs. Ronan, Missoula Sentinel vs. Belgrade.
1:45 p.m. – Kalispell Flathead vs. Great Falls C.M. Russell, Billings West vs. Bozeman High, Butte High vs. Bozeman Gallatin, Kalispell Glacier vs. Lewistown, South Fremont (St. Anthony, Idaho) vs. Frenchtown.
3 p.m. – Great Falls C.M. Russell vs. Browning, Helena High vs. Frenchtown, Missoula Hellgate vs. Billings Skyview, Missoula Big Sky vs. Helena Capital, Great Falls High vs. Butte High No. 2.
4:15 – Helena High vs. Bozeman High, Missoula Hellgate vs. Bozeman Gallatin, Columbia Falls vs. Lewistown, South Fremont (St. Anthony, Idaho) vs. Helena Capital, Butte High No. 2 vs. Missoula Sentinel.
5:30 – Kalispell Flathead vs. Havre, Billings West vs. Frenchtown, Butte High vs. Billings Skyview, Missoula Big Sky vs. Ronan, Great Falls High vs. Belgrade, Billings Senior vs. Kalispell Glacier.