Jeff Queer makes semis at Cadet Nationals

FARGO, N.D. — Butte heavyweight wrestler Jeff Queer posted three pins Sunday at the Greco Roman Cadet/Junior Nationals Wrestling tournament at the Fargo-dome in North Dakota.

Queer’s three wins guarantee him All-America status as he will advance to the 285-pound semifinals on Monday. Queer pinned Andy Garcia of Colorado in 3:41, rolled past Brody Miskimon of Indiana in 24 seconds, then posted a quarterfinal fall of Moses Jackson of Oregon on 2:02.

“Jeff’s rolling right along for a guy who hasn’t wrestled much Greco,” said Butte High head wrestling coach Cory Johnston, who is keeping track of Queer via the Internet and over the phone with some coaches at the tournament who are keeping him up to date. “This is the premiere tournament in the country for high school wrestlers. College coaches from all over are there scouting.”

As a sophomore last February, Queer was Butte High’s top finisher at the State Class AA Wrestling tournament in Billings, placing second at heavyweight.

Queer will face Montana Phillips of Oklahoma Monday morning in the semifinals. Phillips advanced to the semis with a pair of technical falls and a pin.

Montana sent 15 wrestlers to the tournament, though Queer is one of only two to reach the semis. The other is Bozeman’s Leif Schroeder at 106 pounds in the Cadet age range.

The Cadet Freestyle tournament is slated to begin later this week.