HELENA The Flathead wrestling team rolled through Class AA competition while going 3-0 at the Helena Duals on Saturday.
The two-time defending Class AA champions dominated Bozeman 65-6 in the opening dual, then followed with convincing victories over Helena Capital (45-21) and Helena High (48-24).
Flathead took care of the Hawks in every weight class except 285, opening the dual with five consecutive pins.
Capital tested the Braves early, taking a 12-9 lead after five matches. But starting with Cole Eastwoods pin at 103, the Braves pounced on the Bruins with six pins in eight matches.
Jaden MacNeil (152) finished off the dual with a 23-second pin, his second pin of the day.
Against High, Ross Calhoon kicked off the scoring for Flathead with a 28-second pin at 205. The Bengals kept it close but the Braves earned three straight pins from 132-145 to build a 36-12 lead.
Asher Kemppainen (126) lost a tight 11-6 decision to Isaac Romero, a two-time state champion, following wins by pin and technical fall in the first two matches.
Asher hung right in there with Romero. He made a statement, Thompson said. Hes one to be reckoned with.
Freshman Fin Nadeau (132) and junior Tanner Russell (170) had strong days, each winning all three of their matches.
He [Nadeau] really impressed us with his mentality on the mat, Thompson said. He also praised Russell for his smart wrestling.
The Braves will dual Missoula Big Sky on Thursday before traveling to Butte for the Mining City Duals next weekend.
Flathead 65, Bozeman 6
103 Cole Eastwood, F, won by forfeit; 113 Cole Wieczorek, F, won by forfeit; 120 Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Felix Petersen, 3:31; 126 Asher Kemppainen, F, won by technical fall over Bridger Wilkes, 2:42; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, won by technical fall over Hayden Innis, 5:05; 138 Dominic Battello, F, dec. Tayloer Wiers, 9-8; 145 Bo Meyer, F, dec. Ethan Faure, 11-3; 152 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Ray Davis, 3:03; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, pinned Zac Renner, 3:22; 170 Tanner Russell, F, pinned Everest Klein, 4:45; 182 Paxton Boyce, F, pinned Brooks Talbot, :55; 205 Ross Calhoon, F, pinned Austin Clowes, 2:23; 285 Camren Spencer, B, pinned Sebastian Koch, 4:16.
Helena Capital 21
103 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Richard Johnson, 1:10; 113 Colton Weiczorek, F, pinned Clayton Wever, 4:17; 120 Carson DeRosiar, HC, dec. Brendan Barnes, 6-0; 126 Asher Kemppainen, F, pinned Traeton Duty, :40; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, pinned Tyler Tobel, 1:44; 138 Lee Lambrecht, HC, pinned Dominic Battello, 1:58; 145 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Sam Peterson, 3:21; 152 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Joshua Peterson, :23; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, dec. Tristyn Gilliam, 8-2; 170 Tanner Russell, F, dec. Noah Kovick, 7-0; 182 Paxton Boyce, F, dec. Jake Slagel, 14-11; 205 Zane McCormack, HC, pinned Ross Calhoon, 2:24; 286 Seth Jensen, HC, pinned Sebastian Koch, 1:45.
Helena High 24
103 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Dawa Elkhart, 1:31; 113 Cadence Diton, HH, pinned Colton Wieczarek, 1:10; 126 Isaac Romero, HH, dec. Asher Keppainen, 11-6; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, pinned Cameron Wyant, 2:45; 138 Dominic Battello, F, pinned David Kemp, :25; 145 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Raef Miller, :40; 152 Colby Howl, HH, won by forfeit; 160 Devon Crawford, HH, pinned Finn Sullivan, 3:34; 170 Tanner Russell, F, pinned Kaleb McKay, 1:05; 180 Jacob Mawibusar, HH, dec. Paxton Boyce, 11-4; 205 Ross Calhoon, F, pinned Ruger Young, :28; 285 Sebastian Koch, F, won by forfeit.
Glacier continued its encouraging start to the wrestling season, going 2-1 against Class AA opponents at the Helena Duals on Saturday.
The Wolfpack fell 51-18 to Helena Capital before defeating Helena High 43-24 and Bozeman 43-11.
Tilynne Vasquez (113) had pins of 47 and 39 seconds for Glacier, while Kael Willis (145) and Caden Willis (152) each went 3-0.
Each time we stepped on the mat we improved and that is what we are striving for, Glacier coach Ross Dankers said.
He added that Vasquez and Caden Willis had outstanding days and praised a gutty performance by Kael Willis.
Were excited to get back to work on Monday and build on this weekend, Dankers said.
Helena Capital 51,
113 Tilynne Vasquez, G, pinned Clauton Weber, :47; 120 Carson Derosier, HC, pinned Bridger Beach, 3:30; 126 Traeton Dutu, HC, pinned Tristan Little, :22; 132 Tuker Tobel, HC, dec. Lance Fretwell, 14-10; 138 Lee Lambreant, HC, pinned Royce Conklin, 3:30; 145 Kael Willis, G, pinned Sam Peterson, 1:34; 152 Caden Willis, G, pinned Joshua Peterson, :24; 160 Tristan Gilliam, HC, dec. Caden Gilmond, 12-6; 170 Noah Kovick, HC, pinned Thomas Crofts, :58; 182 Jake Shael, HC, pinned Skiler Hitt, 1:09; 205 Zane McCormick, HC, pinned Colby Martin, 3:59; 285 Seth Jensen, HC, dec. Tre Krause, 3-1.
Glacier 43, Helena High 24
113 Tilynne Vasquez, G, pinned Cadence Dixon, :39; 126 Isaac Romero, HH, pinned Tristan Little, 4:29; 132 Lance Fretwell, G, pinned Cameron Wyatt; 138 Royce Conklin, G, pinned David Kemp, 3:18; 145 Kael Willis, G, pinned Raif Miller, 2:44; 152 Caden Willis, G, pinned Colby Howell, 1:23; 160 Devin Crawford, HH, pinned Caden Gilmond, 2:24; 170 Kaleb McKay, HH, pinned Thomas Crofts, 1:20; 182 Jacob Mawibusar, HH, pinned Skiler Hitt, 1:07; 205 Colby Martin, G, pinned Roger Young, 2:51.
Glacier 43, Bozeman 11
120 Felix Peterson, B, pinned Bridger Beach, 1:33; 126 Tristan Little, G, pinned Bridget Wilkes, 2:40; 132 Lance Fretwell, G, dec. Hayden Innis, 13-2; 138 Taylor Weirs, B, pinned Royce Conklin, 2:38; 145 Kael Willis, G, dec. Ethan Faure, 13-9; 152 Caden Willis, G, pinned Ray Davis, 1:45; 160 Zac Renner, B, pinned Caden Gilmond, 2:36; 170 Everest Klein, B, pinned Thomas Crofts, :58; 182 Skiler Hitt, G, pinned Brooks Talbot, 2:01; 205 Colby Martin, G, pinned Austin Clowes, 4:19; 285 Tre Krause, G, pinned Cameren Spencer, 1:08.