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State girls wrestling: Kalispell Flathead opens early team lead

Girls state wrestling
Posted at 1:20 PM, Feb 19, 2021

LOCKWOOD -- Kalispell Flathead had nearly doubled the point total of second-place Billings Senior after the early rounds at Montana's first-ever all-class girls wrestling state tournament on Friday at Lockwood.

The Bravettes put up 70 points to Senior's 36 during Friday's first session, and they upped their point total to 112 in the second session. Senior is still second with 84 points, followed by Cascade with 41, Butte with 34 and Kalispell Glacier with 32 to round out the top five.

Please click here for results from this weekend's tournament. Fans can also livestream the event online here.

Wrestlers in the 103-, 113-, 120- and 126-pound weight classes took the mats in the early session.

Chinook senior Rebecca Stroh is favored to win the 113-pound bracket. She opened the tournament with three straight pins advancing to Saturday's semifinals against Billings Skyview's Ruste Torres.

Great Falls freshman Kaylin Taylor continued her unbeaten streak against girls this season. She earned a bye in the opening round at 103 pounds, then pinned Justa Curtiss of Missoula Big Sky in 3:57 of their quarterfinal match.

Wrestlers were given a 15-minute break after the quarterfinal round while staff at Lockwood High School sanitized mats and bleachers. There was also a break of approximately 90 minutes after early weight classes were completed as fans and wrestlers were asked to exit the gym for additional cleaning.

The action picked up after the break with the 132-, 138-, 145-, 152-, 170- and 205-pound brackets. The 285-pound bracket, which includes only three wrestlers, won't kick off until Saturday.

Chinook's Ryley Hofeldt notched a big win in the 132-pound bracket, pinning top-ranked Lily Conover of Flathead in the quarterfinal round. Hofeldt will face Valier's Skylar Connelly in Saturday's semifinal round.

Skyview's Kassidee Savaria kept her unbeaten record intact, advancing to the semifinals in the 205-pound bracket. She opened with a bye and then pinned Jenavieve Lynch of Bozeman High in the quarterfinals.

Weigh-ins for Saturday's action begin at 7 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 9 a.m., and action will continue throughout the day until the championship matches begin at 3:30 p.m.