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State B/C wrestling: Glasgow repeats as champs, Circle claims Class C title

Posted at 11:11 PM, Mar 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-07 11:07:39-05

SHELBY -- Make it two in a row for the Glasgow Scotties.

Glasgow edged Huntley Project for the team title at the Class B/C state wrestling tournament on Saturday in Shelby. The teams also finished 1-2 at the 2020 state tournament.

Photos: Champions crowned at State B/C wrestling

Colten Fast won an individual title at 152 pounds for the Scotties, recording a 12-2 major decision over Cole Becker of Circle. Dylan Nieskens and Mayson Phipps ended the tournament with two more Glasgow championships. Nieskens pinned Huntley Project's Cade Buchanan in the first period of the 205-pound championship, and Phipps got a first-period pin of Cascade's Caden Crowell in the heavyweight final.

Nieskens and Fast finish their careers as three-time state champs, while Phipps earned his first after placing third as a sophomore and second as a junior.

“(Friday) night we had a lead, and we just talked to our kids about keeping their foot on the pedal and scoring points and that’s what we did (Saturday),” said Scotties head coach Jory Casterline. "We'd wrestle in a barn if we had to. It doesn't matter where we're at, we're going to come to wrestle."

Project got individual titles from Gavin Nedens at 113 pounds and Cooper Lane at 120.

Circle won its fourth consecutive Class C team title, scoring 96 points to finish third in the overall team picture. Becker and Canyon Casterline (145 pounds) each placed second for Circle, which also got third-place finishes from Tugg Taylor at 120 pounds and Krayle Stormer at 126.

Trae Thilmony of Thompson Falls won the championship at 132 pounds, denying Eureka's Gunnar Smith a fourth title. Thilmony defeated Smith with a 7-4 decision on Saturday.

"Gunnar is a great competitor, I lost to him 10-2 at home earlier this year," Thilmony said. "He dominated me. That made me re-think a lot of my training, I had to re-focus on everything and I came back and beat him twice after that."

Three Forks and Colstrip crowned multiple state champions, as well. Brayden Linville and Coy Cohenour won titles for the Wolves at 103 and 160 pounds, respectively, while Colts Zach Valdez and Rylin Burns won at 145 and 182 pounds.

Kyle Durden of Eureka (126 pounds), Camron Reilly of Forsyth (138) and Austin Vanek of Cut bank (170) were other championship winners.