BUTTE — Clay Fisher looked a little tired after his first match of the season at the Butte Central Mixer against Corvallis’ Triston Davis, a state qualifying wrestler last season.
Fisher, who is wrestling at 132 for the Maroons, needed a sudden victory takedown to get the 4-2 win. He’s still in the process of transitioning from wrestling to football and is well aware of where he’s at physically.
“You don’t get plays off in wrestling and you have to go all the time,” Fisher said. “I’m not really in shape and with that takedown, I just went for it and got it.”
Fisher finished second at the state wrestling tournament last season, but bumped up from the 126-pound weight class to 132 this season.
It didn’t seem to change things for him much. Fisher won his second match 8-4 over the Blue Devils’ Dante Venema, who finish fourth at state last year.
There’s still work to do, but it’s a promising start.
“I don’t expect him to be there right now,” Maroons head coach Robin Moodry said. “Clay’s wrestled so long that’s just a natural thing. You step on the mat and it’s just natural.
“It’s just good for him to get some matches under his belt. He wrestled with a lot of heart.”
Fisher is the only returning state qualifier that wrestled for Central at the Mixer.
Freshman Joey Mulcahy (113) and Cale Stillwagon (145) both got their first experiences on the mat, as Moodry elected not to go with their only other wrestler on the roster – 113-pounder Roy Russell.
Russell finished sixth at state last season.
Mulcahy was solid at the weight, opening the meet with a fall over Corvallis’ Coe Rahmsdorf in 1:52.
He gave up a takedown and some near fall points early, but was able to recover nicely. He was able to get a reversal and then got Rahmsdorf on his back for three near fall points. It didn’t take long after that for him to get the pin.
Mulcahy didn’t have quite the same amount of success in his second match, falling via 16-0 technical fall to Havre’s Hunter Velk. He then fell in a third match by fall to Havre’s Dylan Young.
“I thought it was really good for Joey to get his first win,” Moodry said. “It’s the kind of thing that gives you confidence and keeps you hungry to improve.”
There’s still a lot to learn, something Cale Stillwagon found out as well. He got a takedown late in the first period of his opening match against Stevensville’s Jadon Tipps, to go up 3-2, but things started to unravel after that point.
Tipps got a reversal and then put Stillwagon on his back, pinning him as the buzzer sounded to end the first period.
Stillwagon bounced back nicely in his second match of the night, pinning Stevensville’s Tristan Riel in 2:50. The pair traded takedowns and reversals in the first period before Stillwagon ended the bout in the middle of the second period.
It was a good early showing for the Maroons and left Fisher impressed with what he has around him this year.
“I’m happy with what they’re doing,” Fisher said. “They’re working hard and it’s looking good.”