Codey Currier preaches effort in his wrestling room.
“I run a pretty tough room,” the Colstrip coach said. “Anybody gets through my room, you earned it.”
Those expectations go beyond the Colstrip doors. While most teams spent Thursday rolling around the mats and chatting with other teams, the Colts were going through a short, demanding full-scale workout that included sprints, push-ups and sit-ups that left the wrestlers gasping for air.
“My dad wants us to go as hard as we can for a minute,” said Clayton Currier, who is two wins from being a four-time state champion.
The 27-minute workouts are designed by former high school and collegiate standout Cary Kolat and are found on Kolat.com.
“We have a plan,” said Codey Currier. “We also do them during the summer.”
That ability to wrestle the full six minutes was never more evident in Ty Bradley’s 3-1 upset win over two-time state champion Tate Niederegger of Chinook in the 145-pound quarterfinals.
Bradley, a sophomore, was trailing the savvy senior 1-0 as time ticked away. Bradley caught Niederegger with a takedown near the edge of the mat with three seconds remaining.
The 2-1 victory was the biggest upset in the Class B-C portion on Friday at Rimrock Auto Arena.
“It was pretty close to being out of bounds,” said Currier. “It shows you’ve got to keep wrestling. Unbelievable.”
• The defending state champion Colts trail Eureka by 27 points after the first rounds of competition.
The Lions, who were second last year, have 100 points. Colstrip has 73 and Ronan 61.5. Huntley Project is fourth with 58.
Eureka advanced seven wrestlers to the semifinals, including the last four weight classes. The Colts advanced five.
“We have to wrestle really hard on Saturday and be looking for pins,” Currier said.
• According to the Montana High School Association brackets, four wrestlers are still undefeated. They are: Buddy Doolin, Libby-Troy, 103, 15-0; Taner Stone, Choteau, 160, 45-0; Garrett Graves, Eureka, 182, 39-0; Justin Pfeifer, Cut Bank, 285, 43-0.
• Clayton Currier is one of six B-C wrestlers looking to repeat as state champions. Trying to join him are Matt Reyling, Glasgow (120); Jackson Currier, Colstrip (126); Michael Weber, Forsyth (145); Stone, Choteau (160): Hunter Mycke, Conrad (205).
• Nathan Weber of Forsyth and Sonny Cochran of Shepherd went more than overtime to earn victories.
Weber needed three overtimes to defeat Isaac Ramos of Valier 7-5 at 126 pounds. The 170-pound Cochran prevailed in two overtimes against Dylan Parrish of Libby-Troy 7-5.
Nathan Schmidt of Eureka had the quick pin of the day with a 15-second win in a 113-pound consolation match. Mason Henry of Shepherd had a 15-second pin in his 103-pound consolation match.