GREAT FALLS — Butte High wrestling coach Cory Johnston called it a “pretty scrappy” Friday.
As the dust settled after Day 1 at the CMR Holiday Classic, Johnston’s Bulldogs found themselves sitting in second place in the tournament that saw 53 teams score points.
The tournament includes a 64-person bracket in each weight class.
Butte High chalked up 116 points, and the Bulldogs are only looking up at Bozeman’s 142.
Missoula Big Sky is third at 1113.5, followed by Billings West at 110.5 and Billings Senior at 104.5.
The Bulldogs still have 10 wrestlers still alive in the tournament, and four of them will open Saturday’s action with a semifinals match.
Keagn Gransbery rolled his record to 14-0 on the season by winning three matches to advance to the semifinals at 103 pounds.
Wil Queer (113 pounds), Scout Allen (126) and Anthony Liva (132) also advanced to the semifinals. Like Gransbery, Queer, Allen and Liva all won three matches after a first-round bye.
Dylan Averyt (145), Carl Anderson (152) and Kameron Moreno (205) advanced to the quarterfinals before suffering a loss. They are still battling and scoring points on the consolation side.
Connor Konda (120), Quinn Sullivan (160) and Kole McGrath (170) are also still fighting in the consolation bracket.
Butte Central sent four wrestlers, and the Maroons sit in 44th place with 19 points. Clay Fisher, who is seeing his first action of the season, is still alive on the consolation side at 138 pounds.
Complete tournament results can be found at trackwrestling.com.