GREAT FALLS — The University of Providence hosted the Battle of the Rockies wrestling tournament over the weekend, with MSU-Northern capturing five first-place finishes and Providence capturing the team title with 167 points.
MSU-Northern first place finishes
133 Weight Class: Senior Nick Kunz beat Simon Fraser’s Riley Prough 7-1.
141 Weight Class: Redshirt freshman Martin Wilkie beat Simon Fraser’s Randy McDonald 10-6.
174 Weight Class: Freshman Rylin Burns beat Simon Fraser’s Zachary Stratton 12-1.
184 Weight Class: Redshirt sophomore Carl Hansen beat Beaver Dam RTC’s Donivan Giangregrio 3-1 (Dec. 5-3).
197 Weight Class: Sophomore Isaac Bartel beat Eastern Oregon’s Marco Retano 9-1.
“It’s nice having these smaller competitions, quality competition,” MSU-Northern Head Coach Tyson Thivierge said. “We’re scoring bonus points, we’re making our way through the championship side well…we had 5 champions and multiple other placers as well so this is stuff we enjoy doing.”
As for the hosting Argos, they walk away with a tough team win edging out the second place MSU-Northern team winning 167-163. The Argos had eight top-5 finishers.
Providence’s next tournament will be the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 19 in Nevada. MSU-Northern will travel to Eastern Oregon University on Dec. 17 for their next match-up.