State AA wrestling recap: Great Falls High dominates, Schroeder stamps himself in record book

Leif Schroeder
Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 16, 2020

BILLINGS — A lot of great story-lines came about from championship Saturday over in the Class AA state tournament at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark in Billings.

Great Falls High rose to the pinnacle and were crowned overall state champions. And of course Bozeman’s Leif Schroeder became just the 36th four-time state champion in Montana history after capturing the state title in the 138 pound weight class.

“The coaches make everyday great. I talked to them multiple times throughout the day and just how much they care, not just about your wrestling but about you as a person and your well-being," said Leif Schroeder. "I’m super excited, just crazy this chapter is over though.”

“Leif is electric it doesn't matter where you’re at or what you’re doing when he walks into the room there's this feeling of energy and it’s crazy," says Bozeman head coach Nate Laslovich. "So you watch him perform and he wasn't going to win a match 2-1, it was going to be explosive and electric. He’s a hammer and he lives his life that way and he’s going to be like that in college. I’m super pumped to watch him at Iowa.”

“It feels amazing. My teammates helped me push it to this point where there are days I don’t feel like wrestling. They’re the ones who pushed me and Elijah (Davis) and I wouldn't be here without them," adds Great Fall High's Ethan Deroche.