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KPAX State Wrestling: Western Montana wrestlers bring home gold

Isaiah Allik
Posted at 1:08 AM, Feb 16, 2020

BILLINGS -- Wrestlers from Missoula Big Sky, Kalispell Glacier, Frenchtown, Eureka, Thompson Falls and St. Ignatius won individual championships at the all-class state wrestling tournaments in Billings on Saturday.

Western Montana was led by wrestlers from Missoula Big Sky on the Class AA championship mats, as Eagles Hunter Meinzen and Bridger Hall won titles at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively. Between their wins, Big Sky teammate Dougie Hall finished runner-up at 160.

Kalispell Glacier freshman Teegan Vasquez carried on his family's strong wrestling tradition, winning the 113-pound title with a pin over Belgrade's Carter Schmidt.

Frenchtown took home second-place honors behind only record-setting Sidney in Class A, with five Broncs competing in championship matches on Saturday. Walker Dyer was the lone winner for Frenchtown, capturing the 113-pound title. Three of Frenchtown's four losses came against Sidney opponents.

Corvallis' Triston Davis placed second in the 145-pound division, while Trey Thompson of Libby-Troy was also a runner-up at 152. Hamilton multi-sport standout Bridger Williams fell to Havre's Orion Thivierge in the 160-pound championship match.

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Eureka also brings a state trophy home to western Montana, finishing third in the Class B standings. The Lions, which won the State B football title this fall, earned first-place finishes from Gunnar Smith at 126 pounds -- his third consecutive title -- Nathan Schmidt at 138 and Hank Dunn at 152. Kyle Durden finished runner-up at 132 pounds.

Trae Thilmony of Thompson Falls and Isaiah Allik of St. Ignatius-Charlo won individual titles, with Allik's capping an undefeated season.

Florence's Kyler Alm placed second in the 182-pound weight class.

For complete results from the Class AA state championships click here, for Class A click here, and for Class B-C please click here. For video highlights from western Montana athletes, watch the video above.