GREAT FALLS -- Manhattan senior Coltin Siphakis signed with the University of Providence to join both the Argo wrestling and rodeo programs, the school announced this week.
Siphakis has participated in both sports at Manhattan, placing third at the Class B/C state wrestling tournament in February. He became the first placer for the Tigers in the program's third year (teammate Forrest Fairbanks finished runner-up hours later) of existence. Siphakis earned a 5-1 decision in the 145-pound consolation match against Baker's Damien Nesbitt.
"Coltin has extensive time in both sports growing up and we are extremely happy to have him join us at the University of Providence," said Providence head wrestling coach Steve Komac, who was in attendance at the state tournament in Billings. "I was very impressed with his work ethic and competitiveness, as well as what a humble young man he is."
After transferring to Manhattan from Belgrade, Siphakis qualified for the state wrestling tournament as a junior, earning academic all-state honors. A saddle bronc rider and bull rider, Siphakis figures to also bring a boost to the Argo rodeo program.
"The skills and mindset he has learned from wrestling will add some great benefits to his performance in the rodeo arena," rodeo head coach Sylvan La Cross said. "He is a hard-working young man that has an amazing attitude and character that will undoubtedly enhance our team's unity."