The Fairfield Eagle wrestlers began their work at home this week, hosting a multi-team mixer on Thursday evening. Teams from Cut Bank, Choteau, Conrad, Valier, Harlem, Fort Benton/Big Sandy, Poplar, Malta, Simms, Shelby, Wolf Point, Belt and Cascade met in the Fairfield gymnasium for a two-round challenge. Statistics for that mixer were as follows: Miguel Ramos (103) 2 wins, Cael Giles (132) 2 wins, Miguel Perez (145) 2 wins, Shawn Ruby (152) 2 losses, Blake Jensen (160) 2 losses, Dillon Anderson (170) 2 wins, Kolter Bouma (182) 1 win, 1 loss, Thomas Troy (HWT) 2 losses.
Friday found our team at the Choteau Classic Tournament. Wrestlers from the above teams plus teams from Anaconda, Townsend, Boulder, Arlee, Columbus/Absarokee, Florence, Plains/Hot Springs, St. Ignatius/Charlo, Whitehall, Deer Lodge, Thompson Falls, Great Falls Central, Highwood, Chinook, Manhattan, CJI, Big Fork and Wolf Point met at the Choteau gymnasium for a 16-man bracketed tournament. Since there were more wrestlers than bracket spaces in some weight classes, Friday began with ‘pig-tail’ matches that determined which wrestlers would be included in the brackets in those weight classes. Unfortunately, Cael Giles and Blake Jensen lost their ‘pig-tail’ matches and transitioned to the JV meet in Choteau’s small gym. Shawn Ruby won his ‘pig-tail’ match and joined the rest of the team in the bracketed tournament in the big gym. Shawn lost 2 matches on Friday, eliminating him from the tournament. Miguel Ramos, Miguel Perez, Dillon Anderson, Kolter Bouma and Thomas Troy moved forward into Saturday’s competition. Miguel Ramos placed third in the 103 lb. weight class by 6-0 decision against Leo Anderson from Broadwater who, prior to this weekend, was ranked 2nd in the state in that weight class. Dillon Anderson placed 2nd in a tight match for the 170 lb. championship with JR Seewald of Cut Bank in an 11-6 decision. Miguel Perez, Shawn Ruby, Kolter Bouma and Thomas Troy all added to our combined team points with their individual wins during the tournament. In the long run, 6 of our wrestlers earned enough team points to place Fairfield 12th in a tournament with 31 teams and 287 wrestlers. Coach Mike May states, “We are making improvements every tournament. We are happy with the team’s performance this weekend.” Well done, gentlemen!
This week will find our boys in Valier on Thursday night for another mixer. On Friday, our team will host Eureka, Manhattan, Simms and Anaconda in our annual dual format competition. Friday night is senior night and we will be recognizing our sole senior wrestler, Dillon Anderson, for his dedication to the sport of wrestling for the past 10 years. On Saturday, our team will travel to Great Falls to participate in the Great Falls Central Catholic duals tournament. We hope to see you Friday!!