The Choteau Classic Wrestling Tournament is Friday and Saturday.
Tournament organizers were pretty well prepared and faxed down to The Gazette a list of the returning state placers who will be competing at the tourney and a list of the Top 10 teams from last year’s event.
Here are last year’s top 10 teams (Colstrip and Glasgow will not be at this event this season as they are at the Cowboy in Miles City): Glasgow, Conrad, Colstrip, Cascade-Simms, Arlee, Chinook, Huntley Project, Townsend, Choteau and Jefferson.
Overall, there will be eight returning state champions at the meet.
Here are the returning 2008 state placers entered at Choteau, by school with their weight this year:
Arlee — 119, Jake Trujillo, 1st; 130, Cole Rice, 5th; 135, Jordan Lefler, 6th. Cascade-Simms — 119, Lathan Crossland, 5th; 119, Derek Rogers, 2nd (state champ in 2007). Chinook — 145, Willie Miller, 4th (state champ in 2007); 152, Collin Jendro, 5th; 152, Robert Stroh, 1st; 171, Jimmy Miller, 5th. Choteau — 189, Zach Birnel, 6th. Conrad — 130, Jared Giard, 2nd (state champ in 2006); Hwt., J.D. Hough, 3rd. Eureka — 145, Taylor Vaughn, 6th. Florence — 119, Corbin Newbary, 2nd; 189, Craig Ashworth, 3rd. Fort Benton — Hwt., Ethan Tweet (1st in 2007 and 2008). Huntley Project — 125, Seth Snyder, 3rd; 152, Lucas Knight, 4th; 189, Chris Henricks, 5th. Harlem — 112, Colten Dirden, 4th; 171, Trent Jones, 6th. Malta — 125, Chad Cebulski, 5th; 152, Ryan Smith, 6th. Plains — 112, Ken Beach, 6th. Shelby — 112, Isaiah Zell, 4th. St. Ignatius — 140, Jamie Peterson, 5th. Thompson Falls — 171, John Garrison, 6th. Townsend — 105, Jade Rauser, 1st; 112, Val Rauser, 1st; 145, Britton Thompson, 5th.
Feel free to use this blog to report anything wrestling related from the duals and tourneys this weekend. Good luck wrestlers!