BUTTE — The 32nd annual Mining City Duals Jim Street Classic will once again bring schools from all over the Treasure State to showcase their wrestling talents.
The 2019 event will have a slightly different environment, though, after the Butte Wrestling Club decided it should be held at the Butte Civic Center to mirror a similar atmosphere like the state tournament at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark in Billings.
Hosting this year's event at the Civic Center will create a great overall fan experience, but more importantly a great atmosphere for all during the two-day event.
“That’s kind of the idea: put them in a big venue, showcase it’s by far the biggest duals tournament in the state," said Butte High wrestling coach Cory Johnston. "And there’s a lot at stake with teams wanting to come here and compete. It seasons those young kids and gets them on the big stage early. It’s a big deal so it should be a lot of fun.”
The duals will get started at 10 a.m. Friday with six pools of teams, including all 15 Class AA teams. Class A teams Columbia Falls, Dillon, Frenchtown, Havre, Lewistown, Polson and Ronan and Class B Huntley Project are also entered in the tournament.
The winners and runners-up from each pool will enter the championship bracket on Saturday.