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At the recent Midland Roundtable Meeting, Billings Central coach Brand Aldrich said the Cowboy Invitational in Miles City is the toughest tourney the Rams go to.

Laurel coach Ted Hill agreed.

"What is fun about that tournament is you get a different feel than you normally get," Hill said. "Last year was a really competitive tournament. If you were in the top six you were one tough customer. That is what this weekend is about. It will be a fun tournament. I'm excited for that."

This year's Cowboy is Friday and Saturday.

Last year Wyoming powerhouse Gillette edged Belgrade 223-218 for the team title. Forsyth was third with 144.5, Skyview fourth with 137.5 and Senior fifth with 133.

Represented at last year's tourney were teams from Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

A highlight match last year had to be at 135 pounds where Glasgow's Luke Zeiger topped Senior's Tanner Sprenkle 8-6 for the championship. Claiming pins in last year's finals were Forsyth's Dallen Brauer (140) and Belgrade's Levi Cade (189).

Cade was the quick-pin winner with five pins in 3:52. Zeiger was the Most Valuable Wrestler.

 Do you have any predictions for the team race at the Cowboy? Is it still one of the most prestigious tournaments in the state? What about individual matches?

Beyond this week

At the Roundtable meeting, Aldrich said the Rams are looking forward to the Class A Duals in Lewistown Jan. 20-21. Although they will probably have a few open weight classes in Lewistown, Aldrich said his 16-member team is capable of improving on its 11th place finish at the event last year.

Also, the Class AA Duals are Jan. 21 in Bozeman. Any predictions there? We'll probably know more about the AA dual scene at the conclusion of this week. There are some big matches on tap.

The Conrad Duals are also usually held in this same time frame. How will they stack up for Class B-C teams?

Any other thoughts?

Until next time.


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