Drummond-Philipsburg foursome, Deer Lodge’s Rodgers in Billings
Four wrestlers from Drummond-Philipsburg and one from Deer Lodge will hit the mats at the Class B-C state tournament in Billings this weekend, and coaches from both sides are hoping to see improved performances from kids who have been there before.
DP will have a pair of returning state performers in sophomore 135-pounder Tony Bergerson — who made it to Day 2 in 2012 — and junior 145-pounder Ty Pocha.
“The guys who have been there understand they only have six minutes and how fast a match goes,” DP head coach John Bergerson said. “I think sometimes kids don’t understand the urgency to score points right away after you shake hands.”
Chris Carroll, at 98 pounds, and Peydon Prince, at 152 pounds, will also be at the meet for DP.
“I know they’re in good shape and they’re tough kids,” John Bergerson said. “I’m really driving home that they need to leave — win, lose or draw — knowing they left it all on the mat.”
Deer Lodges’s lone representative will be 125-pounder Connor Rodgers, who took second at divisionals last weekend and made a brief appearance at state a year ago.
“He should do really well, I expect him to place,” Wardens coach Clint Stevenson said. “He should make it through to the semis fairly easily, but that’ll be a tough match.”
Stevenson said he expects the semis is where Rodgers will meet up with Harlem’s Teague Jones, who was ranked second in the state in the regular season’s final coaches poll.
“I told (Rodgers) he’s been here once, and I think he got a little overwhelmed last year,” Stevenson said. “He can calm his nerves, and he just needs to wrestle to his abilities.”
98 — Chris Carroll, DRM vs. Shawn LeDeau, WPT; Chase DeBoo, CHO vs. Connor DeBruckyer, FTB; Garrison Mitchell, CHK vs. Trevor Moore, CHO; Jess Lockwood, BRO, bye; Brock Johnson, WHL, bye; Parker Snyder, HPH vs. Lena Babcock, TFS; Cameron Fladland, CIR vs. Tony Roso, CAS; Jimmy Smith, BLT vs. Donovan Moon, CHK.
105 — Anthony Parkin, SUP, bye; Austin McArthur, TSD, bye; Garrett Lee, COL vs. Deon Rowe, WHL; Maestro Martinez, WPT, bye; Robert Rhodes, FRF, bye; Michael Wark, SHP vs. Morgan Schultz, STI; Mike Reyling, GLA vs. Kenny Stockard, SUP; Sean Roach, TSD, bye.
112 — Garrett White, EUR vs. Deion Newlun, BOU; Jake Norby, CHK vs. Alex Johnson, WHL; Kylan Berkram, CBH vs. Eli Watson, COL; Shea Miller, FLC vs. Layne Torgenson, CLS; Jake Reinschmidt, WHL vs. James DeBoo, CON; Michael Sherwood, COL vs. Josh Schmidt, EUR; Keaton Hofer, HPH vs. Cole Snyder, RON; Jace Rogers, CAS vs. Shay Snider, HRM.
119 — Zach Durden, EUR vs. Jake Shawer, GLA; Rabe Whitford, CBH vs. Jared Probert, BOU; T’Jay Allen, HRM vs. James Wall, BLT; Trevar McCallister, RON vs. Cage Currier, CLS; Jake Hall, COL vs. Gus Taylor, HRM; Zach Amsdon, BRO vs. Torren Lawson, FLC; Colt McDaniels, FOR vs. Jamie Mulllins, STI; Branson Phelps, TSD vs. Morgan Koenig, CON.
125 — Russell Kujala, PLA vs. Zach Ward, BRO; Jace Berkram, CBH vs. Jake Perigo, WHL; Blaine Berg, CON vs. Kevin Finley, COL; Dean Klakken, FLC vs. Matthew Weber, FOR; Cache Giles, FRF vs. Owen Powell, CHK; Cody King, GLA vs. Connor Rogers, DLG; Jake Hentges, GLA vs. Chase Rhine, RON; Steve Werre, CHO vs. Teague Jones, HRM.
130 — Bridger Lapierre, SUP vs. Ryan Tempel, CHE; P.J. Ayers, FTB vs. Seth Currier, CLS; Hunter Meier, COL vs. Cody Perry, BAK; Daniel Dunlop, ARL vs. Travis Vermulm, CBH; J.J. Werdal, CHO vs. Dixon Walker, HPH; Jarret Pecora, EUR vs. Wyatt Brandal, CHK; Logan Goodwin, PLA vs. Dakota Suta, CON; Taylor Kampbell, BOU vs. Logan Harms, FOR.
135 — Brandon Dumont, RON vs. Tyler Richter, CON; Nathan Applegate, FTB vs. Rico Stormer, CIR; Quinn Trindle, FTB vs. Jonathan Wiseman, BAK; Jake Lili, PLA vs. Brenden Johnson, HRM; Christian Smith, CAS vs. Dougal McMorris, WPT; Tony Bergerson, DRM vs. Reid Vandenbos, CBH; Nikko Bakkila, EUR vs. Goeff Qualls, CHK; Billy Raville, COL vs. Luke Weber, FOR.
140 — John Gunders, TFS vs. Jacob Schuster, BSY; Ryan Lesofski, FRF vs. Travis Koenig, BAK; Trey Stone, CHO vs. Austin Blaede, CLS; Luke Crowe, NOX vs. Neil Johnson, CBH; Tryston Kostelecky, COL vs. Ben Kountz, GLA; Colton Bray, TFS vs. Chris Doney, MAL; Connor Benn, RON vs. Brandon French, CON; Drew Floerchinger, CAS vs. Taylor French, FOR.
145 — Kyle Lawson, RON vs. Ken Pruttis, CHK; John Pepos, CAS vs. Zach Dunning, HPH; Steeler French, CHO vs. Skylar Conklin, HPH; Kyle Couture, STI vs. Nolan Simanton, MAL; Justin Meier, COL vs. Layne Gorder, POP; Ty Pocha, DRM vs. Garrett Moritz, CON; Austin Rubel, ARL vs. Tyler Schultz, CON; Adam Lesofski, FRF vs. Chris Nile, FOR.
152 — Quentin Denton, RON vs. Bryan Barker, CON; Kenny McCormick, CHO vs. James Herring, SHP; Perry Woodland, CAS vs. Goeff Gorham, SHP; Peyden Prince, DRM vs. Robert Jennings, CBH; Hunter Croff, BLT vs. Michael Middleton, HPH; Joe Detienne, PLA vs. Dusty Gasvoda, BSY; Steve Bravo, STI vs. Erik Kelly, CHE; Sylvis Robertson, WHL vs. Brandon Weber, FOR.
160 — Shelby Grant, RON vs. Braydon Beer, COL; Cody Beyers, BAK vs. Denton Cornell, HRM; Frank Marcy, FOR vs. Jessen Dannels, CHK; Gary Wadman, NOX vs. Cole Werdal, CHO; Mason Melby, BAK vs. Michael Nagel, MAL; Lauren Christopher, RON vs. Roman Lorance, CAS; Albert Plant, ARL vs. Drew Liebers, WHL; Taylor Green, BRO vs. Adrian Gasvoda, BSY.
171 — Jacen Petersen, STI vs. Evander Wilbur, TSD; Ben Grass, SHP vs. Lucas Brauchle, SHE; Kian Brown, HPH vs. Antonio Lopez, MAL; Ethan Goss, STI vs. Layne Durfee, CHO; Sheldon Ridenhower, BAK vs. Kameron Christofferson, MAL; Jake Nygaard ,TFS vs. Jake French, CHO; Davis Lawson, TFS vs. Will Griffel, COL; Quinn Coate, FOR vs. Lane Martin, BSY.
189 — Tanner Cobbs, FLC vs. Travis Field, CHO; David Hopson, WPT vs. Cody Blackcrow, HRM; Zach Rehm, BAK vs. Kevin Young, CHK; Joseph Hawkins, STI vs. Greg Hinojosa, CHO; Austin Burshia, POP vs. Wyatt Wickum, CHE; John Garrahy, TFS vs. Christian Cottingham, BLT; Colby Roberts, RON vs. Richard Jackson, COL; Alfred Meseugur, HPH vs. Rob Klingaman, CHK.
215 — Barret Sargent, STI vs. Eli Hohn, TSD; Tanner Miller, HPH vs. Jusitn Ratzburg, CON; Cody Lawson, FOR vs. Streeter Stirling, SHE; John Onofrey, NOX vs. Owen DeBruckyer, CHO; Lane KnowsHisGun, CLS vs. Derrick Martinez, CBH; Emilo Bravo, STI vs. Denver Krone, CHO; Keenan Hendrickson, FLC vs. Quinten Edeler, COL; Jake Sessions, CLS vs. Seth Adams, HRM.
Hwt — Ben Gorham, PLA vs. Brett Cuthbert, CAS; Dustin Irgins, BAK vs. Cody Nelson, SHE; Jacob Oblander, HPH vs. Gerome Lamb, MAL; Brandon Shea, PLA vs. Tre Gray, WHL; Tucker Yates, CLS vs. Che Little Dog, CBH; Michael Irvine, RON vs. Dylan Reed, FRF; Braxon Eubanks, TFS vs. Craig Sim, BOU; Lucas Dekker, SHP vs. Shalon Norick, CHE.