HAVRE — Clayton Currier and Brock Bushfield are set to join the Montana State University-Northern wrestling program, Lights head coach Tyson Thivierge announced last week. Both signed their Cascade Conference letters of intent and will join the Lights next season.
Currier, a former four-time Class B/C state champion at Colstrip High School, announced his decision to transfer from NCAA Division I Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. where he spent the past two seasons. Currier was the 30th prep wrestler to achieve four consecutive titles in Montana’s high school history, amassing a career record of 199-14, with 134 of the victories coming via fall.
A 2017 National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) senior national champion, Currier was named to the Wrestling USA High School All-American Team after his senior season, where he was the No. 14-ranked senior at 138 pounds. His uncle, Chris, and younger brother, Jackson, are also four-time Montana high school champions.
Bushfield was a four-time Montana state finalist, twice winning Class AA individual titles at Billings Skyview High School. Bushfield was a freshman on the Rocky Mountain College football team last fall, listed as a defensive back. The former all-state quarterback and safety won a pair of 152-pound championships for the Falcons.
Bushfield was a Midland Roundtable athlete of the year finalist last summer.
Currier and Bushfield join a Lights program that finished 10th at the 2019 NAIA national championships, with Brandon Weber and Isaac Bartel each earning runner-up finishes. Weber, his younger brother Matt, Andrew Bartel and Jake French were all seniors this season.
“The No. 1 thing is, I’m excited to have two Montana hammers back and involved in our program,” said Thivierge. “These guys are both massive additions, and Currier brings in NCAA experience. It definitely helps boost our lineup after losing both Webers and Andy Bartel to graduation.”
“It’s recruiting season and we’ve had some hammers on campus,” he continued. “We want to chop down giants.”
Thivierge says Northern’s recruiting will continue into the coming months.