DENVER — Butte High junior Jeff Queer placed second in the heavyweight division Saturday at the Mile High Monster Match Nationals at the National Western Complex.
Queer was one of nine wrestlers sent by the Butte Wrestling Club to compete in the event that saw 1,500 wresters hit the mats.
“He had a great tournament,” said Butte High coach Cory Johnston, who will begin his second year as Butte High head coach later this month. “He’s starting to show why he was second at state and a high school All-American this summer.”
Eighth grader Keagan Gransbery was the only other Butte wrestle to place. He took fifth in his division.
Other Butte wrestlers competing were Anthony Liva, Will Queer, Wyatt Queer, Tyler Casey, Kyle Konda, Bryson Henningsen and Kadin Schonsberg.
Johnston said he hopes to make this tournament an annual event for the Butte wresters. He said the size and quality of the tournament will help prepare the Butte boys for the big stage.
Johnston pointed out that the tournament arena featured 22 mats. The All-Class State tournament at the Billings Metra uses 12 mats.
“We want our kids to get that experience so when they get to the Metra that they say, ‘This isn’t so big,’” Johnston said. “We don’t want them to be wide eyed.”
The coach said the trip was a solid experience for all nine Butte wrestlers.
“Everybody wrestled well, and I’m proud of everybody who came with us,” Johnston said. “Hopefully next year we’ll turn nine into 18.”