Hawks top Bulldogs in Senior Night dual

Hawks top Bulldogs in Senior Night dual
Butte High 170-pound wrestler Kobe Moreno battles Bozeman's Kaelan Patten during an Eastern AA dual Tuesday night at the Richardson Gym. (Bill Foley photo)

By Bruce Sayler

The Bozeman wrestling team traveled into Butte on a Livingston school bus. The Hawks were easily recognized anyway. They were the state AA contending high school wrestlers from Bozeman and flexed some muscle on the mats Tuesday night.

The Hawks defeated Butte High 47-15 in their Eastern AA Conference dual meet at the Ross J. Richardson Memorial Gym. It was the Bulldogs’ last home meet of the season and they celebrated “Senior Parents Night” with recognitions before the competition.

“We knew they were a good team, but we think we’re a good team, too,” Butte High head coach Cory Johnston said. “We let them out-tough us tonight and we talked about that after the matches. They got the early edge and set the tone.

“That’s something we can fix.”

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Both teams were a little short-handed, missing stars from their lineup. The Bulldogs were without reigning heavyweight champion Jeff Queer, who is nursing an injury. It is not known how long he will be missing from the lineup. Bozeman was without Brandon Cooper, last year’s state AA runner-up in the same weight class.

“We were a little short,” Johnston acknowledged. “Jeff was the big piece missing. We had an injury at 113 yesterday and (Gabe) Tierney has been battling some injuries. So, he hasn’t been going full practices. But, there are no excuses.”

The Hawks soared to the early lead by winning the first four bouts while grabbing an 18-0 team lead. The run included pins by Jaiden James at 113 pounds and Leif Schroeder at 126. Butte High broke onto the team part of the scoreboard with a wild 15-9 decision by 132-pounder Dale Kent.

He took a 4-2 lead in the first period, then spun a takedown into a three-point near-fall on the way to a 9-3 advantage through two frames. Taylor Wiers bounced back with a takedown, but Kent held court and won the decision.

Butte High fell behind 35-3 before reeling off three consecutive wins on the efforts of Carl Anderson and twin brothers Kobe and Kameron Moreno. Anderson won a tough 5-0 decision over Everest Klein, and Kobe Moreno built a 10-4 advantage on Kaelen Patten before hanging on for a 10-9 victory. Moreno battled off his back the last 30 seconds to preserve the win. Kameron Moreno nailed a quick pin, stapling Austin Clowes in 1 minute, 25 seconds with a rush that took the Hawk off his feet and onto his back.

“Dale Kent was a sparkplug for us early,” Johnston said. “He’s been in and out of the lineup with injuries and is just now finally starting to get healthy. Carl Anderson controlled his match, and Kameron and Kobe both had good wins.

“Overall, though, we were a bit flat, tonight,”

Butte High seniors Gabe Tierney, Tye D’Arcy, Greyson Mandic and Jeff Queer were introduced with their parents before the meet.

The Bulldogs will vie in the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic invitational tournament Friday and Saturday in Missoula.

Bozeman 47, Butte High 15

103 — Tayt Rogers, Bozeman, dec. Will Queet 7-2.

113 — Jaiden James, Bozeman, pinned Keagan Gransbery, 1:09.

120 —  Sterling Quinn, Bozeman, dec. Gabe Tierney, 5-0.

126 — Leif Schroeder, Bozeman, pinned Scout Allen, 1:34.

132 — Dale Kent, Butte, dec. Taylor Wiers, 15-9.

138 — Brock Rodriguez, Bozeman, pinned Tye D’Arcy, 2:41.

145 — Chance McLane, Bozeman, pinned Kole McGrath, 1:38.

152 — Keegan Mulhill, Bozeman, pinned Quinn Sullivan, 1:54.

160 — Carl Anderson, Butte, dec. Everest Klein 5-1.

170 — Kobe Moreno, Butte, dec. Kaelen Patten, 10-9.

182 — Kameron Moreno, Butte, pinned Austin Clowes, 1:25.

205 — Kayden Westlake, Bozeman, pinned Kyle Harding, 3:23.

285 — Tom Walkup, Bozeman, pinned Greyson Mandic, 5:32.

NOTE — Bozeman deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.


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