Leinwand leading solid season for West matmen

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2012-01-15T22:30:00Z 2012-01-17T16:25:12Z Leinwand leading solid season for West matmenBy JOHN LETASKY Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 15, 2012 10:30 pm  • 

The wins keep coming for Billings West's Jake Leinwand.

The Billings West junior won the 189-pound title Saturday in the 54th annual Cowboy Invitational wrestling tournament in Miles City, scoring a 3-1 decision over Billings Skyview's Reece Quade in the finals.

With the win, Leinwand improved to 29-3 with 19 pins. The previous week, Leinwand won the Bozeman Invitational.

Leinwand's three losses this season are to Gillette's Burke Burgess in the finals of the Billings Invitational, to Chinook standout Ben Stroh in the semifinals of the CMR Holiday Classic and to Havre's Casey Schaub for third place in Great Falls.

"Jake is looking really good and wrestling really tough," West coach Jeremy Hernandez said. "He's had a couple matches where he hasn't wrestled to his expectations. Jake is the kind of kid who if he doesn't wrestle his hardest, he is tough on himself. He is undefeated in AA."

Leinwand's immediate focus is to be the No. 1 seed at the Eastern AA wrestling tournament and to follow that with a state championship -- both reachable goals according to Hernandez.

Brady Baxter (135) has 17 wins for West and through the Bozeman Invite had 25 takedowns. Daniel Temme (119) has 19 wins and through Bozeman had accumulated 23 takedowns. JR Slotsve (152) has 15 pins.

Temme, a senior who placed sixth at the state tournament at 112 as a freshman, has come on this season at 119. Temme was third at the Cowboy Invitational, defeating Laurel's Karson Kukes 3-1. Temme was also third at Bozeman and CMR.

"He's just wrestling really, really good right now," Hernandez said of Temme. "Daniel is not a flashy kid, but a smart, solid wrestler who gets the job done. He is not trying to do the fanciest moves, but wrestling smart and solid. He is practicing in the room what we are teaching him and his hard work is paying off."

West is a respectable 6-5 in duals this season. The Bears' lineup received a boost last week -- in a 65-16 win over Casper (Wyo.) Kelly Walsh -- when 215-pounder Nick Jackson returned from illness and sophomore Garrett Schuck was inserted at heavyweight. With forfeits at those two weights previously, the Bears lost to both Butte and Laurel by 12 points in duals.

Freshman 98-pounder Taylor Rambin was fourth for West at the Cowboy Invitational.

"The poor kid weighs 90 pounds, but he has the heart of a lion," Hernandez said. "He wrestles. It doesn't matter who he is going against, he goes after people."

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Skyview is 10-1 in duals and the Falcons' lineup features several stellar records.

As of Jan. 9, Clay Cathey was 17-0, Brenton Buerkley 16-8, Matt Dillon 11-3, Trey Dillon 13-3, Seth Ehlang 14-6, Tim Garcia 16-2, Eric Gordon 14-7, Jace Holman 12-4, Joe Malchuski 17-5, Reece Quade 17-6, Sam Shelton 10-1, Thomas Walsh 18-5 and Justin Waterson 13-4.

The team's pins leader was Cathey with 14, while Quade had 12 and Walsh nine.

Cathey also led the squad with 30 takedowns, with Walsh right behind with 27, Buerkley 26 and Malchuski 25.

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Like the Falcons, Senior is also 10-1 in duals.

Through Jan. 14, Luke Paine tops the Broncs with 27 wins, while Matt Schmidt has 23 and Harrison Gorman 22. Jon Hagstrom and Ben Sulser each have 21.

Overall, Paine is 27-7, Schmidt 23-4, Gorman 22-7, Sulser 21-2, Hagstrom 21-5, Chris Contreraz 20-7, Greg Contreraz 18-8, Cree Minkoff 14-4, Brett Ness 13-5 and Tayte Wegner 9-1.

The falls leader for Senior is Schmidt with 16. C.J. Ness has tallied 14 pins, while Gorman and Paine each have 12.

Paine also leads Senior in takedowns with 76. Hagstrom has 59 and Sulser 48.

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Zach Wall, a 105-pound sophomore, is leading the charge for Billings Central.

Wall sports a 22-9 record. He was fourth in Miles City, third at Forsyth and fourth in Billings.

Junior Sean Getchell (171) is 16-8 this year. George Smith, a junior 152-pounder, is 18-9. Rams junior Colton Welhaven (189) is 17-8.

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For Laurel, Dylan Kramer is 7-1 since returning to the mat after missing the first part of the season due to a football injury. Austin Boucher is 24-3, Kolter Kukes 25-3, Tommy Cooper 24-6, Ryan Gosselin 24-7 and Karson Kukes 22-7.

Gosselin has 19 pins and Boucher 18. Cooper is the takedowns leader with 98.

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