BILLINGS — The move that won the 205 pound Class AA title has its origins in a middle school wrestling room.
Kameron Moreno calls it the ‘fat man roll’ and quickly adds his coaches hate it when he tries to hit it. But, as the junior Butte wrestler explained, he’s pretty good at getting it to work. Most of the time.
On Saturday afternoon at the Rim Rock Auto Arena at MetraPark it worked for Moreno against Bozeman’s McCade O`Reilly in the state wrestling finals.
He’s still in the process of, well, processing it.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Moreno said minutes after the win. “I’ve been dreaming of this. I’m really glad it’s over though, it’s been stressing me out the last month, two months.”
After an early takedown in the first period, O’Reilly was able to get an escape and Moreno led just 2-1. The Butte wrestler chose down in the second and managed to hit the ‘fat man roll’ for the reversal and, eventually, the fall, which came in 3:39.
Moreno is the first Butte wrestler to win an individual state championship since Jeff Queer took the heavyweight title in 2017. Carl Anderson, Butte’s other finalist, fell via pin to Helena’s Devin Crawford at 160 pounds.
The Bulldogs finished sixth as a team with 130 points, their highest placing since the 2006-07 season.
“It feels great. We still have a lot to improve on,” Moreno said. “We’ve got the best coaching staff in the whole nation. I really believe that. They’re just so special … I’m just so appreciative to have them.”
It was a strong week overall for Butte, but the win has even more of a meaning to Moreno. His brother, Kobe, injured his knee during football and is still in the process of working his way back.
But Kameron’s twin has been around the entire time, watching every match and traveling to all the tournaments. While the win wasn’t exactly for his brother, it was still a nice moment for both.
And if it was Kobe who was healthy and Kameron injured, they think the result wouldn’t have changed.
They’ll have a chance to prove it next year.
“It sucks that he didn’t get to wrestle this year because I know he would have done the same,” Moreno said. “He would have won it. I guarantee it.”