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State B/C wrestling: Glasgow out to early lead after Day 1

Posted at 10:57 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-06 00:57:47-05

SHELBY -- Glasgow and Huntley Project finished first and second in the team standings at the 2020 Class B/C state wrestling tournament.

After the first day of the 2021 State B/C tournament, they're right back in those same spots. The Scotties scored 86 points on the first day in Shelby, while Huntley Project scored 74. Circle, the three-time reigning Class C state champion, is third with 42 points.

The Scotties advanced six wrestlers to Saturday semifinal round, including Jake Kuka at 113 pounds, Colten Fast at 152, Damien Nesbitt at 160, Kyler Hallock at 170, Dylan Nieskens at 205 and Mayson Phipps at 285.

Project has five headed to the semifinals: Gavin Nedens (113 pounds), Cooper Lane (120), Wylee Lindeen (160), Stran Selman (182) and Cade Buchanan (205).

Circle put Krayle Stormer, Canyon Casterline and Cole Becker into the semifinals at 126, 145 and 152 pounds, respectively.

Individually, Gunnar Smith is looking to make history for Eureka by becoming the first Lion to become a four-time champion. The 132-pound senior advanced to the semifinals with two strong wins on Friday. He pinned Donnie Steen of Baker in the first round and then recorded a 17-1 tech fall against Ashton Christman of Huntley Project in the quarterfinals.

Smith will face Dawson Powers of Whitehall in the semis after Powers upset Bryson Bartelson of Circle. Powers, the fourth seed from the West, scored an 8-2 decision over Bartelson, the East's No. 1 seed. The other 132 semifinal will feature Trae Thilmony of Thompson Falls taking on Tyler Niles of Shepherd. Thilmony defeated Smith in last week's Western B/C divisional final.

Simm's Steven Schubarth, the West's top seed at 120 pounds, had to forfeit, opening the door for Drew Carey of Plains-Hot Springs to advance to the semifinals. Carey scored a tech fall win over Carson Conard of Eureka in the quarterfinals and will face Riley Devries of Red Lodge in Saturday's semifinal round. Huntley Project's Lane will wrestle Poplar's Jase Frederick in the other 120 semifinal.

The top four seeds advanced to the semifinals in the 103-, 113-, 126-, 152- and 182-pound brackets. For full Day One results from the Class B/C state wrestling tournament, please click here.

The third session begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the semifinal matches. The championship finals are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.