Although he is a junior, Seth Noyes wanted to perform on Senior Night.
The Billings Skyview 140-pounder found himself in the starting lineup for a triangular with Belgrade and Forsyth Tuesday when senior Eric Gordon came up ill.
Competing in a dual against Forsyth, the top-ranked and defending state champion from Class B-C, Noyes found himself up against KC French. Noyes was ahead 2-0 on first-period takedown when he scored his pin at 3:01 to give Skyview a 44-10 lead on its way to a 56-25 dual win over the Dogies.
"I'm usually not in the varsity lineup. I share a spot with Eric Gordon, who is a senior. So I got my shot," Noyes said. "It was Senior Night, I wanted to get a win for the seniors.
"He was going to wrestle one dual and myself one dual and I got both. I lost against Belgrade (by pinfall to Jeremy Quintero in 1:29) so I thought I'd come out and get this one. I didn't want another loss and wanted to win one."
In their first dual of the night, Skyview defeated the Panthers 63-21. With the sweep, the Falcons are 10-1 in duals. Forsyth is 5-2 in duals this season. In their first match, the Dogies defeated Belgrade 37-27. Belgrade came into the dual as the fifth-ranked team in Class A.
"Coach (Rich Malia) arranged these duals because it would be a good chance for us to get good matches in," Noyes said. "Everybody came out and wrestled good. I expected it. Everyone was fired up. It was Senior Night and we wanted to win."
Forsyth forfeited five matches against the Falcons. Scott Weber, the Dogies 10th year coach, said usually his team is only open at 215 pounds. He said occasionally the team is also open at 98, 105 or 112. He said there were more open weights than usual because it was finals week and some members of the team needed to study and a couple were out sick.
"It is good competition," said Weber, adding that forfeiting so many matches against Skyview put his team in a bind. "We got some very good matches with Belgrade and Skyview. They both have ranked kids in the state."
At 130 pounds, Skyview's Clay Cathey claimed a 4-2 win over Forsyth's Taylor French, last year's 125-pound B-C state champion.
After a scoreless first period, Cathey led 2-0 after the second. After a French escape late in the third, Cathey scored a takedown to go up 4-1 with 12.6 seconds left. French scored another escape to close the scoring. The two received a nice round of applause from the crowd following the match.
The win gave Skyview a 38-4 lead in the dual that started at 215.
In the first actual wrestled match of the dual after a forfeit by Forsyth at 215, Skyview heavyweight Thomas Walsh led 7-0 when he recorded a pin in 58 seconds over Forsyth's Dylan Bell. Reece Quade put the bookend on the dual at 189 when after a booming takedown, he used a head and arm for a pin in 59 seconds over Frank Marcy.
Quade and Walsh both pinned each of their opponents. Logan Taylor (119) and Cathey also both earned two wins for Skyview.
"Reece Quade was second at Bozeman and I'm really happy with him," Skyview coach Rich Malia said. "He has improved by leaps and bounds this year. ... Part of it is Thomas Walsh. They are workout partners. Thomas won Bozeman. I am really happy with Thomas."
At 145 pounds, Forsyth's Brandon Weber scored a pin in 5:07 against Skyview's Max Miller in an entertaining match. Weber led 2-0 after two periods. Miller tied it at 2-2 with 1:33 left in the third on a takedown and went up 4-2 on the ensuing nearfall. Weber turned the match on a reversal that led to a pin in 5:07.
"Brandon finds a way to win," coach Weber said of his son.
Skyview is off to the Cowboy in Miles City this weekend.
"We won't take a full team," Malia said, noting his team is still battling injuries and the flu bug. "We will leave four or five varsity kids home. We'll fill in with some JVs, but not a lot because the tourney is so tough."