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Bigfork wrestlers earn 11th overall at divisionals, prepare for state

by JEREMY WEBER
For the Eagle | March 3, 2021 2:20 AM

Seven Bigfork wrestlers will be making the trip to Shelby this weekend for the Class B/C State Wrestling Tournament after finishing in the top eight at divisionals in Cut Bank.

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Bigfork's Isaac Bjorge battles his way to a win over Conrad's Bryce Lohman in the 205-pound division at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet in Cut Bank. Courtesy Sally Anderson

Traic Fainter and Joseph Ferrier each went 3-2 to grab the top finishes for the Vikings in Cut Bank with Ferrier earning fourth in the 103-pound division while Ferrier was fourth in the 170-pound weight class.

Joining Fainter and Ferrier at state will be Angus Anderson (6th-120), Ryder Nollan (6th-132), Shelton Woll (6th-145), Isaac Bjorge (7th-205) and Vaughn Pendlay (8th-152).

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Viking Joseph Ferrier takes on Cascade's Connor Sawyer in the third-place match of the 170-pound division Saturday. Courtesy Sally Anderson

The Vikings went 24-28 at the tournament to earn 11th overall with 101 team points as Boulder won the divisional title with 175 points.

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Shelton Woll won by major decision over Mission's Charlie Adams at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet. Courtesy Sally Anderson

Opening round matchups for the state tournament were announced Monday. Fainter will open with Glasgow’s Damon Adkins, who finished fifth in the Eastern B/C Divisional. Ferrier will face Huntley Project’s Hunter Dare, who was fifth in the east. Anderson will take on Poplar’s Jase Frederick, who was third in the east. Nollan will face Huntley Project’s Ashton Christman, who was also third in the east. Woll will take on Circle’s Canyon Casterline, who was third in the 145-pound division in the east. Bjorge’s opponent will be Cade Buchanan of Huntley Project, who was second in the east and Pendlay will face off against Glasgow’s Colton Fast, who won his division in the east.

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Shelton Woll won by major decision over Mission's Charlie Adams at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet. Courtesy Sally Anderson

The Class B/C State Tournament begins in Shelby on Friday.

MHSA B/C Western Divisional Results for Bigfork

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Traic Fainter (24-5) placed 4th and scored 18.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Traic Fainter (Bigfork) 24-5 won by fall over Kody Dillard (St. Ignatius/Charlo) 6-22 (Fall 1:38)

Quarterfinal - Traic Fainter (Bigfork) 24-5 won by fall over Bradin Murphy (Cut Bank) 14-8 (Fall 2:49)

Semifinal - Leo Anderson (Jefferson (Boulder)) 28-4 won by fall over Traic Fainter (Bigfork) 24-5 (Fall 1:43)

Cons. Semi - Traic Fainter (Bigfork) 24-5 won by fall over Richard Schmidt (Cut Bank) 11-8 (Fall 0:23)

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Ryder Nollan celebrates after defeating Cut Bank's Caleb Simpson at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet in Cut Bank. Courtesy Sally Anderson

3rd Place Match - Logan Van Dyke (Conrad) 18-4 won by major decision over Traic Fainter (Bigfork) 24-5 (MD 14-0)

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Json Merringer (8-15) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Poncho Ibanez (Lincoln County (Eureka)) 12-9 won by fall over Json Merringer (Bigfork) 8-15 (Fall 0:25)

Cons. Round 1 - Json Merringer (Bigfork) 8-15 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 2 - Kaven Krapf (Cut Bank) 2-6 won by decision over Json Merringer (Bigfork) 8-15 (Dec 7-5)

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Angus Anderson (25-6) placed 6th and scored 11.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 won by fall over Bradley Wolfe (Anaconda) 0-7 (Fall 0:54)

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Bigfork's Ryder Nollan grapples with Cut Bank's Caleb Simpson at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet. Courtesy Sally Anderson

Quarterfinal - Drew Carey (Plains/Hot Springs) 11-4 won by decision over Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 (Dec 4-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 won by fall over Seth Wilson (Florence-Carlton) 4-14 (Fall 2:42)

Cons. Round 3 - Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 won by decision over Dayton Brown (Jefferson (Boulder)) 17-6 (Dec 11-5)

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Bigfork's Angus Anderson battled his way to a sixth-place finish in the 120-pound division at the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet in Cut Bank. Courtesy Sally Anderson

Cons. Semi - Decker Milender (Superior/Alberton) 19-5 won by major decision over Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 (MD 10-2)

5th Place Match - Drew Carey (Plains/Hot Springs) 11-4 won by fall over Angus Anderson (Bigfork) 25-6 (Fall 6:00)

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Ryder Nollan (22-13) placed 6th and scored 11.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - David Schultze (Plains/Hot Springs) 6-3 won by fall over Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 (Fall 1:28)

Cons. Round 2 - Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 won by fall over Julian Gomez (Anaconda) 2-9 (Fall 1:39)

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Viking Traic Fainter pinned Cut Bank's Richard Schmidt in 23 seconds in the consolation semifinals of the 103-pound division of the Class B/C Divisional wrestling meet in Cut Bank. Courtesy Sally Anderson

Cons. Round 4 - Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 won by fall over Caleb Simpson (Cut Bank) 8-8 (Fall 2:39)

Cons. Round 5 - Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 won in sudden victory - 1 over Chase Evans (Shelby) 8-6 (SV-1 5-3)

Cons. Semi - Dawson Powers (Whitehall) 19-10 won by decision over Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 (Dec 7-0)

5th Place Match - David Schultze (Plains/Hot Springs) 6-3 won by major decision over Ryder Nollan (Bigfork) 22-13 (MD 13-1)

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Eli Tidwell (19-12) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Eli Tidwell (Bigfork) 19-12 won by fall over Nick Denny (Whitehall) 3-5 (Fall 3:34)

Champ. Round 2 - McCoy Banner (Fairfield/Augusta) 18-12 won by fall over Eli Tidwell (Bigfork) 19-12 (Fall 1:42)

Cons. Round 2 - Colman Thornton (Jefferson (Boulder)) 10-10 won by fall over Eli Tidwell (Bigfork) 19-12 (Fall 1:26)

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Shelton Woll (25-9) placed 6th and scored 16.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 won by fall over Keaton Poulsen (Jefferson (Boulder)) 6-14 (Fall 1:17)

Champ. Round 2 - Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 won by fall over Brody Black (Plains/Hot Springs) 1-8 (Fall 0:20)

Quarterfinal - Trentin Walker (Whitehall) 24-7 won by decision over Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 (Dec 9-4)

Cons. Round 4 - Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 won by major decision over Charlie Adams (St. Ignatius/Charlo) 14-18 (MD 11-1)

Cons. Round 5 - Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 won by fall over Brady Barnhill (Conrad) 14-8 (Fall 4:51)

Cons. Semi - Colt Crawford (Arlee) 20-5 won by fall over Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 (Fall 4:39)

5th Place Match - Jace Oxarart (Jefferson (Boulder)) 22-8 won by decision over Shelton Woll (Bigfork) 25-9 (Dec 4-3)

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Vaughn Pendlay (18-13) placed 8th and scored 8.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 won by fall over Jesse Edie (Three Forks/Ennis) 14-10 (Fall 4:29)

Quarterfinal - Jonny Chamberlin (Florence-Carlton) 17-4 won by decision over Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 (Dec 7-2)

Cons. Round 4 - Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 won by decision over Bert Detienne (Plains/Hot Springs) 9-10 (Dec 7-5)

Cons. Round 5 - Canyon Sargent (St. Ignatius/Charlo) 26-12 won by decision over Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 (Dec 10-3)

7th Place Match - Kaide Kindler (Choteau) 26-15 won by fall over Vaughn Pendlay (Bigfork) 18-13 (Fall 2:24)

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Patrick Wallen (12-10) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Patrick Wallen (Bigfork) 12-10 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Canyon Sargent (St. Ignatius/Charlo) 26-12 won by fall over Patrick Wallen (Bigfork) 12-10 (Fall 3:08)

Cons. Round 2 - Patrick Wallen (Bigfork) 12-10 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Patrick Wallen (Bigfork) 12-10 won by fall over Trysten Robertson (Conrad) 8-19 (Fall 4:43)

Cons. Round 4 - Kaide Kindler (Choteau) 26-15 won by fall over Patrick Wallen (Bigfork) 12-10 (Fall 3:56)

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Joseph Ferrier (14-14) placed 4th and scored 14.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Joseph Ferrier (Bigfork) 14-14 won by fall over Steven Yothers (Plains/Hot Springs) 3-11 (Fall 1:06)

Quarterfinal - Joseph Ferrier (Bigfork) 14-14 won by decision over Connor Sawyer (Cascade) 27-7 (Dec 16-9)

Semifinal - Kyle Denny (Whitehall) 23-7 won by fall over Joseph Ferrier (Bigfork) 14-14 (Fall 2:37)

Cons. Semi - Joseph Ferrier (Bigfork) 14-14 won by decision over Aidan Tollefson (Florence-Carlton) 10-11 (Dec 8-6)

3rd Place Match - Connor Sawyer (Cascade) 27-7 won by fall over Joseph Ferrier (Bigfork) 14-14 (Fall 0:59)

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Evan Tidwell (8-19) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Evan Tidwell (Bigfork) 8-19 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Dallas Blair (Florence-Carlton) 11-14 won by fall over Evan Tidwell (Bigfork) 8-19 (Fall 1:36)

Cons. Round 2 - Evan Tidwell (Bigfork) 8-19 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Bryant Mertz (Shelby) 10-19 won by fall over Evan Tidwell (Bigfork) 8-19 (Fall 1:22)

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Isaac Bjorge (20-6) placed 7th and scored 10.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Isaac Bjorge (Bigfork) 20-6 won by fall over Cole Troy (Fairfield/Augusta) 13-14 (Fall 1:26)

Quarterfinal - Lane Hinderager (Simms) 23-3 won by fall over Isaac Bjorge (Bigfork) 20-6 (Fall 4:31)

Cons. Round 2 - Isaac Bjorge (Bigfork) 20-6 won by fall over Brent Ethridge (Cascade) 13-20 (Fall 0:45)

Cons. Round 3 - Jamus DuBois (Whitehall) 29-5 won by fall over Isaac Bjorge (Bigfork) 20-6 (Fall 4:31)

7th Place Match - Isaac Bjorge (Bigfork) 20-6 won by major decision over Bryce Lohman (Conrad) 15-10 (MD 9-0)

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Fletcher Postelwait (10-6) place is unknown and scored 6.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Fletcher Postelwait (Bigfork) 10-6 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Fletcher Postelwait (Bigfork) 10-6 won by fall over Isaac Lauver (Fairfield/Augusta) 12-11 (Fall 1:42)

Quarterfinal - Matt Riehl (Jefferson (Boulder)) 24-9 won by fall over Fletcher Postelwait (Bigfork) 10-6 (Fall 5:12)

Cons. Round 4 - Tucker Smith (Powell Co. (Deer Lodge)) 7-5 won by decision over Fletcher Postelwait (Bigfork) 10-6 (Dec 6-4)