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Havre's Quin Reno and Columbia Falls' Garhet Salminen

Havre's Quin Reno pins Columbia Falls' Garhet Salminen in a Class A 103-pound match Friday at the Montana All-Class State Wrestling Tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

Scott Filius was placing a food order for his team through an assistant coach.

“Bagels, cream cheese, cereal, milk and ice,” the Havre head coach said.

He explained the food was for later Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“The guys who can eat get spaghetti,” Filius added.

The celebration dinner would have to wait another day but the Blue Ponies are closer to sitting down at the table once again.

Through the first two rounds and the first round of consolation, Havre has piled up 112 points trying to win is fifth consecutive Class A state title.

Columbia Falls was second with 89.5 and Hardin third with 65. Sidney was fourth with 64 and Glendive fifth with 63.5.

A fifth title would tie Ronan (1978-82) for the most in Class A.

Havre has nine in the semifinals. Filius said the team record is seven for advancing to the title matches.

“We wrestled hard,” he said of the first day of competition at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. “I actually feel better about the matches we lost. We had faced a few of the same guys before and did not do well. This time, we came back and only lost by a few points.”

The Blue Ponies got their expected points from defending state champions Martin Wilkie (126), Parker Filius (145) and Jase Stokes (205), along with Dane Flammond (160), who advanced to the semifinals a third straight year.

They got additional points from freshmen Quin Reno and Cameron Plenninger, both who reached the semifinals at 103, and freshman Mason Dionne, who reached the 152 semifinals. Dionne pinned Mason Fetters of Columbia Falls, runner-up last year in 3:42 in the quarterfinals.

The other semifinals are Lane Paulson at 120 and Ryan Stewart at 113.

“I talked to the two older kids (Filius and Stokes) and reminded them how excited they were as freshmen to be part of this and to help the younger guys,” said Filius, the father of Parker. “We’re coming at people all six minutes. Usually with young kids, they compete in spurts. Now we’re getting the whole match.

“We’re just flat competing.”

• Stokes spent the least amount of time on the mats. The future Montana Tech running back pinned his opening opponent in just eight seconds, the fastest of the tournament. He followed with a pin in 1:28 in the quarterfinals.

The other side of the 205-pound bracket has Travis Catina of Whitefish, who has pins of 1:37 and 1:21 en route to the semifinals. Stokes and Catina each have one loss.

• According to the brackets provided by the MHSA, there are seven wrestlers still unbeaten in Class A.

They are: Dyer Walker, Frenchtown, 103, 21-0; Jake Bibler, Frenchtown, 113, 21-0; Riley Gurr, Frenchtown, 132, 18-0; Sawyer Degen, Belgrade, 138, 38-0; Parker Filius, Havre, 145, 40-0; Brent Tezak, Dillon, 152, 13-0; Hunter Fritsch, Polson, 160, 11-0.


High School Sports, Rodeo Reporter

Sports writer for The Billings Gazette.