Billings Skyview flexed some muscle to open the post-New Year schedule.
The Falcons looked like a team primed to improve on last year’s third-place finish at the State tournament Thursday night. Skyview racked up eight pins and beat Butte High 66-15 in a dual at the Richardson Gym.
The Falcons also caught the Bulldogs at the perfect time. Even after the long break — Butte High hasn’t hit the mats since Dec. 15 — the Bulldogs are shorthanded because of illness, injury and other reasons.
“We’ve got some guys injured, we’ve got some guys sick, and we’ve got some guys who haven’t made the best decisions in the world so they have to sit out for a while,” Bulldog coach Jim Bob Humphrey said. “We can’t sit and complain about it or we’ll get buried.”
All that forced freshman Kaydon Queer and Kaleb Ferriter into action Thursday. Junior Guy St. John also saw his first varsity match Thursday.
“Our freshmen are hitting it hard and pushing people,” Humphrey said. “We’ve got some guys working hard and we’ll get better.”
The dual started with the 98-pound match, and the Falcons led 44-0 before the Bulldogs got on the board when Tommy Challeen beat Joe Malchuski in a 3-1 battle at 145 pounds for three Butte High points.
Bulldog Bryce Armstrong followed with a Butte High pin over Max Miller. Armstrong stuck his Falcon opponent in 3 minutes, 50 seconds.
Stetson Hinbauch (112 pounds), Luke Cathey (119), Jace Holman (125), Justin Waterson (135) and Seth Ehlang (140) racked up consecutive pins for the Falcons. That stretch included a Butte High forfeit at 130 pounds.
Ian Emborg (160), Thomas Walsh (215) and Riley Rutschke (285) also picked up pins for the Falcons.
Butte High’s Lee Cannon picked up a forfeit win at 171.
Butte High heads to a tournament in Bozeman Friday. The junior varsity wrestlers head to Columbus.
Billings Skyview , Butte High
98 — Nathan Kenedy, Skyview, maj. dec. Blake Bowen 19-11. 105 — Tim Garcia, Skyview, maj. dec. Kelly Merrick 15-2. 112 — Stetson Hinbauch, Skyview, p. Kaydon Queer :45. 119 — Luke Cathey, Skyview, p. Braxon Henningson 3:14. 125 — Jace Holman p. Joey Blunt 2:59. 130 — Seth Noyes, Skyview, won by forfetit. 135 — Justin Waterson, Skyview, p. Kaleb Ferriter 3:47. 140 — Seth Ehlang, Skyview, p. Guy St. John :39. 145 — Tommy Challeen, Butte, d. Joe Malchuski 3-1. 152 — Bryce Armstrong, Butte, p. Max Miller 3:50. 160 — Ian Emborg, Skyview, p. Nick Challeen 5:02. 171 — Lee Cannon, Butte, won by forfeit. 189 — David Doney, Skyview, maj. dec. Wyatt Merkel 16-8. 215 — Thomas Walsh p. Johnny Walker 1:03. 285 — Riley Rutschke, Skyview, p. Billy Robinson 2:30.