DICKINSON, N.D. — The Montana connections continue to grow at Dickinson State.
The Blue Hawks announced this week that Montana wrestlers Buddy Doolin of Libby and Trey Taylor of Circle have signed national letters of intent to join the DSU wrestling program next year.
Doolin is a three-time Montana state finalist who earned a first-place finish at the 2017 Class B-C state wrestling tournament, winning the 103-pound championship as a sophomore. He finished runner-up at the State A tournament last winter at 113 pounds and will wrestle in his final postseason tournaments in the next two weeks.
Doolin holds the school record for most wins in a career.
“I chose DSU because I grew up living in North Dakota and loved living there before moving to Montana. I have always wanted to wrestle in college, so it is great being able to wrestle close to home and be a part of a great team,” Doolin said in a Dickinson State athletics release.
Taylor helped guide Circle to the Class C state championship last winter, earning a runner-up finish in the 138-pound weight class, falling to three-time state champion Jackson Currier of Colstrip in the finals. Taylor placed fifth as a sophomore at 145 pounds, dropping a semifinal match to Forsyth three-time champion Michael Weber, before working his way through the wrestlebacks to claim the fifth-place medal. The Wildcats finished in second place during Taylor’s sophomore campaign.
Taylor finished fourth in the 132-pound bracket his freshman season, with Circle again finishing runner-up in the team standings.
“I chose DSU because I liked the coaches and the current wrestlers I met on the team during my visit,” Taylor said in the Dickinson State release. “I also like the facilities and I feel the program will be a good fit for me to grow as a wrestler.”
Taylor and Doolin are each scheduled to compete in divisional wrestling tournaments this weekend, with Doolin’s Libby Loggers at the Western A divisional in Butte, while Taylor and the Wildcats will be in Forsyth for the Eastern B-C divisional.