Team Montana finishes 3-1 in Germany

2012-08-18T16:17:00Z 2012-08-18T17:08:05Z Team Montana finishes 3-1 in GermanyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 18, 2012 4:17 pm  • 

Team Montana finished its trip to Germany with a 3-1 dual wrestling record.

The team of 14 wrestlers returned to Billings late Tuesday night after departing July 25. Two Montana wrestlers were undefeated in Colstrip's Gage Currier (7-0 at 110 pounds) and Butte's Tommy Challeen (4-0, 146). Currier was able to get in more matches because he wrestled both freestyle and Greco-Roman in three duals.

Sidney's Jayme Kelly (185) went 4-1 as did Billings West's Daniel Temme (132). Other top wrestlers for Team Montana were: Justin Conklin, 121, Missoula Big Sky, 4-2; Travis Koenig, 146, Baker, 3-2 and Bryce Wigert, 212, Anaconda, 3-2.

 Team leader Dan Elser of Billings reported that in the team's first dual, July 29, they lost 35-24 to the Black Forest club of Aichhalden, Germany. The Treasure State bounced back Aug. 4 with a 30-26 win over KSV-HALLE of Unterelchingen, Germany, when Kelly sealed the victory with a two-period decision in the final match. On Aug. 8, Team Montana won its first four matches on the way to a 46-13 triumph over Rohlingen, Germany. The last match was a 27-22 win against Team Ostalb of Nattheim, Germany, Aug. 11. In the last match against Ostalb, Wigert claimed a pin to cinch it.

 Elser said the team had a very good time touring Germany on the cultural-exchange trip. Team Montana viewed castles, the 1972 Munich Olympic Village, art museums, a monastery, a clock factory and former Nazi concentration camps.

"The country of Germany wants to encourage interaction between people from Germany and the United States," Elser said. "The Germans helped us have the trip of a lifetime. They took such good care of us in how they hosted us and took us places. You could have been there for three months on your own and not experienced what we did in 21 days."

Rich Malia was Team Montana coach and Todd Rose was the assistant.



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