Maroon matmen aiming for State tickets

Butte Central 170-pounder Clay Stillwagon wrestles last week at the MAC as Maroon coaches Andrew Holmes and Robin Moodry give instruction from the edge of the mat.Pat Ryan photo

By Pat Ryan

Butte Central hasn’t had a boatload of success with wrestling duals this season, as the Maroons have had fewer than a half dozen athletes on the mat at any one time.

While team results will be recorded this weekend at the Western A Divisional meet in Whitefish, the main push is an individual one. Wrestlers will look for a top-eight finish – hopefully a high one – and a guarantee of a trip to the annual All-Class State Wrestling meet Feb. 12-13 in Billings.

The Class A ranks will see just two divisional meets this year, as opposed to the four in the past. The Southwestern A and Northwestern A meet in Whitefish for the Western A meet, while the Southern A and Eastern A meet in Havre for the Eastern A.

The Maroons will send four wrestlers to Whitefish. Sophomore 103-pounder Ray Russell, sophomore 132-pounder Austin Nieves, sophomore 170-pounder Colter Stillwagon and freshman 126-pounder Clay Fisher will take the long trip north for the seeding meet, which is slated to begin Friday afternoon.

Butte Central head coach Robin Moodry said he’s confident with the young wrestlers who will make the trip.

“I’ve got all the trust in the world in the boys,” Moodry said. “They’ve all got great potential. They have to step up and wrestle one match at a time and get to State, which is our goal right now. If they wrestle each match like it’s their last, they’ll be fine.”

The four wrestlers making the trip are all healthy and ready to compete, according to their coach.

“We’ve wrestled hard all year long,” Moodry said. “I don’t think anyone in the state has done any more than we have as far as practicing, conditioning and wrestling. I feel pretty confident.” 1 comment

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  • Kellsie
    February 22, 2016, 2:12 pm

    I am part of Butte Central yearbook and we were wondering if we could use some of your wrestling photos.



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