BILLINGS — Call it a wire-to-wire win for the Colstrip Colts.
The Colts were the Class B/C wrestling preseason state favorites back in December and continually proved voters right all season, culminating with a dominant State B/C performance at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark Saturday to claim their fourth team title in six years.
Colstrip scored 233 points with five individual title winners, including Jackson Currier, who became the 33rd wrestler in Montana history to win four high school state titles. Currier beat Choteau’s Pete Henderson 5-2 at 138 pounds.
“From when I was a little kid, everybody always asked me, ‘Are you going to win four? Are you going to win four?’ And I was like, ‘Hopefully. Yeah, I’m going to work my butt off to get there,'” Currier said. “So to be one of the last guys, and to do it with Michael (Weber) and Martin (Wilkie) next to me, it was fantastic.”
Forsyth’s Michael Weber joined Currier in the four-timer club in the final Class B/C match of the tournament, beating Shelby’s Wyatt Brusven 14-6 at 152 pounds. Weber’s older brothers Luke and Matt are also members of the prestigious fraternity.
Colstrip seniors Ty Bradley (160 pounds) and Nakoda Siegel (182) each won their second state titles Saturday, while Rylin Burns (145) and Trey Yates (285) won their first. Two others lost in championship matches, giving Colstrip a state finalist in more than half of the weight classes.
“I’ve been wrestling since I was 4 (years old), and almost all these other guys in the finals have been wrestling since they were 4,” said Bradley. “It’s a tight-knit group of boys.”
Glasgow finished second in the team race with 130 points. Colten Fast (126 pounds) and Dylan Nieskens (170) won state titles for the Scotties.
Columbus-Absarokee was third at 128 points, the best finish in program history. Tanner Cook won a state title at 113 pounds. Huntley Project was fourth at 109, while Eureka finished fifth at 104.5.
Circle ran away with its second straight Class C state title. The Wildcats scored 102 points, more than tripling up second place Superior-Alberton (32). Krayle Stormer became Circle’s second-ever state champion with an 11-2 major decision over Columbus-Absarokee’s Weston Timberman.
For complete Class B/C state wrestling results, please click here.