The Kalispell Flathead wrestling program poses with its runner-up trophy from the 2017 Tri-State Wrestling Invitational. (Photo courtesy: Kalispell Flathead wrestling)

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Tucker Nadeau won the 182-pound championship and helped Kalispell Flathead to a runner-up finish at the 2017 Tri-State Wrestling Invitational on Saturday. The Braves were the highest Montana finisher in the team standings.

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Nadeau, last year’s 170-pound third-place finisher at the State AA championships, earned an 8-3 decision over Mason Sabin in the Tri-State title match. Nadeau remains unbeaten on the season. Teammates Alex Paul and Michael Lee added to the team totals by placing third and fifth, respectively, in the 285-pound bracket. Paul won on a 3-1 decision, while Lee, last year’s State AA heavyweight third-place finisher, won in a 42-second fall.

Brendan Barnes added a third-place finish for Jeff Thompson’s Flathead squad, pinning Havre’s Mick Chagnon in 2:36 in the 98-pound consolation match. Tanner Russell earned a 12-4 major decision in the fifth-place match of the 145-pound bracket. Payton Hume also placed fifth, winning in the 170-pound bracket.

Two-time state champion Riley Gurr of Frenchtown also captured a Tri-State title, pinning Tanner Craig of Vancouver, Wash. in 50 seconds in the 132-pound title mach. Gurr won each of his matches by pinfall, in a total of 4:56. Polson’s Bridger Wenzel placed fourth, and Missoula Sentinel’s Reece Eckley was seventh in Gurr’s 132-pound bracket.

Havre High entered Saturday’s action in fourth place in the team standings. Scott Filius and the Blue Ponies finished fourth in the prestigious invitational. Martin Wilkie, a returning State A champion, finished runner-up at 138 pounds after falling 10-6 in the title match. Ryan Stewart placed fifth in the 120-pound bracket, defeating Idaho’s Isaiah Evans 3-0.

Tyler Schaub was fifth at 195 pounds while Mason Dionne added a seventh-place showing for Filius and the Blue Ponies, capturing a fall in 3:54 at 160 pounds.

Frenchtown’s Jake Bibler held off Polson’s Mateo Quinones in the consolation match of the 113-pound bracket. Bibler won the match 6-0. Havre’s Cameron Pleninger finished sixth in the bracket, while Flathead’s Bryce Shaffer was eighth.

Libby’s Buddy Doolin placed seventh at 106 pounds with a 7-1 decision over Idaho’s Chandler Axtell. Polson added a fifth-place finish from Parker Adler at 152 pounds, and a seventh-place finish from Cameron Brown at 138 pounds.

2017 Tri-State Invitational

Team scores

Post Falls 220
Kalispell Flathead 173.5
Moses Lake 156
Havre High 151
Lakeland 147.5
Mead 147
White River 145
University 130.5
Camas 123
Mt. Spokane 119
Frenchtown 113
Kelso 108.5
Central Valley 108
Chiawana 106
Lake Stevens 106
Orting 96
Polson 89
Tahoma 89
Othello 84
East Valley 82
Hermiston 78
Bethel 74
Deer Park 70.5
LaGrande 67
Missoula Sentinel 65
North Central 60
Auburn Riverside 55.5
Colville 53
Pullman 51.5
Tonasket 51.5
Kamiakin 51
Graham-Kapowsin 50
Freeman 49
Capital 48
Coeur d’Alene 46
Castle Rock 45
Lewiston 45
Timberlake 44
Jenkins High 42
Reardan 38
Ferris 37
Moscow 36
Potlatch 32
Kentridge 29
Lakeside 29
Battle Ground 24.5
Nathan Hale 23.5
Riverside 23
Oregon City 22
Shadle Park 22
Vashon Island 22
Libby 20
Medical Lake 19
Darrington 18
Lake City 18
Juanita 15.5
Northwest Christian 15.5
Bonners Ferry 15
Priest River 15
Newport 13
Auburn 11
Gonzaga Prep 10
Kellogg 10
Meadowdale 8
Okanogan 8
Royal 7
Liberty Bell 6

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