Twenty-eight wrestlers from Teton County competed at the 27th Annual Scottie Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Glasgow on December 9th and 10th. Choteau, Fairfield, and Simms all traveled the highline to compete against 23 other schools. Though wrestling is a challenge, these athletes are no stranger to overcoming obstacles and respecting authority. This highly athletic sport helps develop mental and emotional resilience and defines the importance of being a good teammate.
While in Glasgow, there wasn’t a coach, manager, or wrestler that you couldn’t approach and have a conversation with. They were welcoming, confident, and they wanted their friends to succeed as much as they wanted it for themselves.
What I’ve witnessed through wrestling is that leadership is both verbal and nonverbal. Wrestling the ability to create an environment where leaders emerge. You will quickly see young athletes push each other, teach each other, and support one another.
Fairfield Eagles traveled with nine wrestlers, spending a total time of twenty-seven minutes and twenty-two seconds on the mat, accumulating ten pins, and placing tenth as a team. Cyler Yeager, 126lb weight bracket (2-2). Layne Carter, 138lb weight bracket, placed 5th (4-2). Spencer LeVerdure, 145lb weight bracket (1-2). Avery Banner, 145lb weight bracket (1-2). Beau Peace, 152lb weight bracket, placed 8th (4-3). Sean Ward, 152lb weight bracket (3-2). Josh Spittler, 160lb weight bracket (0-4). McCoy Banner, 170lb weight bracket, placed 1st (4-0). Cole Troy, 285lb weight bracket, placed 4th (4-2).
Choteau Bulldogs took three girls and seven boys to the Scottie Invitational. The Choteau Lady Bulldogs spent a total of nine minutes and one second on the mat and earned six pins. Arionna Gomes placed 3rd in the 114lb girls weight bracket (3-1). Lucy Armstrong placed 3rd in the 120lb girls weight bracket (3-2). Ruby Herman, 138lb girls weight bracket, placed 5th (1-4). With seven pins, the Bulldogs spent a total of nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds on the mat, with Choteau placing 18th overall. Nathan Gunderson, 138lb weight bracket, placed 6th (4-3). Payson Allaire, 145lb weight bracket (2-2). Nick Morgan, 152lb weight bracket (1-2). Percy Bechtold, 160lb weight bracket, placed 3rd (5-1). Gus Lee, 182lb weight bracket, placed 6th (2-3). Rocky Allaire, 285lb weight bracket (3-2).
Simms Tigers travelled with four girls and five boys, placing twenty third overall. With the girls spending eleven minutes and eight seconds on the mat and seven pins. The boys spent nineteen minutes and thirty-six seconds on the mat with seven pins. Micah Widmer, 107lb girls weight bracket, placed 4th (2-3). Hayley Peterson, 107lb girls weight bracket, placed 2nd (4-1). Lili Schubarth, 132lb girls weight bracket, placed 1st (3-0). Morgan Feist, 152lb girls weight bracket, placed 4th (2-3). Reece Hammond, 113lb weight bracket, placed 4th (2-2). Marshall Kunkel, 132lb weight bracket (3-2). William Mishler, 145lb weight bracket, placed 8th (4-3). Joseph Feist, 152lb weight bracket (2-2). Andrew Hanson, 160lb weight bracket (3-2).