Colstrip's Clayton Currier

Colstrip's Clayton Currier wrestles Eureka's Jonathan Schmidt in a Class B-C 138-pound match Saturday. Currier won 13-3 for his fourth state title.

HANNAH POTES, Gazette Staff

Clayton Currier slowly stood up.

He walked to the center of the wrestling mat, dropped his green ankle band to the ground and shook the hand of Eureka's Jonathan Schmidt.

His left arm was then raised in triumph and he was turned towards the crowd. 

He didn't point. He didn't yell. 

He humbly walked off the mat, a champion once again.

Colstrip's Currier became the 30th member of the prestigious four-time wrestling state champions club Saturday night at MetraPark after earning a major decision 13-3 victory over Schmidt in the Class B-C 138-pound weight class.

Currier's victory came just over a minute after Belgrade's Sawyer Degen joined the list at No. 29, and about 10 minutes after his younger brother, sophomore Jackson Currier, earned his second straight state title, defeating Forsyth's Nathan Weber at 126.

One is four for the four.

The other is two for two. 

"It feels really good," Clayton said. "I'm joining a bunch of people that are tough wrestlers and it's nice to be noticed on that list. It's a weight off of my shoulders.

"With it, in the finals, I didn't want to do anything stupid and get out of control. I didn't wrestle as good as I should've but I still got the win."

Currier's first three matches of the tournament were by pins in 38 seconds, 31 seconds and 18 seconds. He was the only four-timer on the night who didn't put four fingers up to the crowd in celebration after his win. 

"I was going to point at the end but thought, ah, I didn't pin him so I'll just give my hand a raise," Clayton said.

As for his brother, Clayton has plenty of faith that Jackson will follow in his footsteps. 

"It's definitely cool. I expect him to win four," Clayton said. 

The Currier brothers, along with 205 and 285 state champs Blake Johnston and Merlin Whitedirt, led the Colts to a second-place finish behind the Eureka Lions, who won their first wrestling title in school history. Ronan finished in third for Class B, while Cascade was the Class C champion.

"It feels accomplishing, but state titles are just the beginning," Jackson said. "It's the same feeling (winning a second state title). You feel good. Sometimes, if you win, you don't really feel that good if you didn't wrestle well but I performed and did what I needed to do to get the win."

Currier and Weber met last year in the state championship as well, with Currier taking that match. He said the two are good friends off the mat, and after beating Weber last year the two hung out afterwards. 

"We have a good bond," Jackson said. 

And now, he's halfway to accomplishing what his brother did Saturday night. 

"It feels pretty good," he laughed. "I'm just going to keep training and pursuing that four-time.

"(Clayton) deserved it. He put in the work. He's a good wrestler."

Eureka's wrestling title comes the same year as the first title for the football team as well. The lone individual champion for Eureka was junior Garrett Graves, the quarterback who heaved a game-winning Hail Mary to give the Lions the Class B football title in November. 

"It's a special feeling," Eureka coach Danny Lemer said. "I'm excited for the community. Two state titles in one year, that's very special."

Lemer said most of his wrestlers were on that football team. Last year the Lions finished in second place at the state tournament.  

"It left the guys hungry. They're a special bunch. They had an empty feeling leaving here (last year)," Lemer said. "When the season started, we said we were going to win a state title." 

He added smiling, "It's a little overwhelming. It's still sinking it."


High School Sports Reporter

Sports reporter for the Billings Gazette.