The Eagle wrestlers have had little time to touch down during the last two weekends; wrestling in Malta and Glasgow December 9th- 11th, the Fairfield mixer on December 16th and the CMR Holiday Classic tournament December 17th-18th.

 Eight of the Eagle wrestlers showcased their skills in a dual with Malta on Thursday December 9th. The individual results are as follows listed wins to losses: Layne Carter (132) 1-0, Miguel Ramos (132) 1-0, Sean Ward (138) 1-0, Josh Spittler (152) 0-2, Beau Peace (152) 1-1, McCoy Banner (160) 1-1, Miguel Perez (170) 1-1, and Isaac Lauver (285) 0-1.

The Eagles then traveled 70 miles further to Glasgow to compete in the 26th Annual Scottie Invitational on December 10th-11th. This tournament boasted a record turnout with 275 wrestlers from 27 different schools, including Class A schools Miles City and Sidney. Friday treated spectators to a day of team duals. The Fairfield wrestlers competed in two of those. As a side note, in a dual, team scores are calculated as follows: Forfeit = 6 points, pin = 6 points, technical fall (winning a match by 15 points) = 5 points, major decision (winning a match by more than 8 points) = 4 points, decision = 3 points. Fairfield won their first dual against Broadus 42- 24 and although there were some great winning matches, the Eagles lost their second dual to Sidney 12-60.

Saturday the boys wrestled a very long and difficult double elimination bracketed tournament. While there was excellent wrestling had by all, two highlight matches were Miguel Perez going into double overtime with his Sidney opponent and a close Championship match of 1-0 between Miguel Ramos and Tugg Taylor. We had an impressive five out of eight wrestlers place in this tournament: Miguel Ramos 2nd, Miguel Perez 4th, Layne Carter 6th, Isaac Lauver 6th, and Sean Ward 8th.

On Thursday, December 16th, the Eagle wrestlers treated fans with a wrestling mixer with 12 different teams competing right here at home. All the boys wrestled spectacularly and all the spectators could leave feeling hometown proud!

Friday morning, the Eagles headed to Great Falls for the two-day C.M.R. Holiday Classic. This tournament serves as the toughest meet the Eagle Wrestlers will compete in all season. With approximately 61 teams (both boys and girls) competing from Classes AA, A, and B-C, this huge, double elimination tournament, showcases a level of wrestling prowess that is staggering. This year the Classic boasted 64 man brackets in each weight class. The Junior Varsity wrestlers, along with the wrestlers who are eliminated Friday from the Classic, then compete Saturday at Great Falls High School in the Walt and Trudy Currie JV Tournament.

The Fairfield Eagle Varsity team consisted of Layne Carter (126) Miguel Ramos (132), Sean Ward (138), Beau Peace (152), and McCoy Banner (160). The team has unfortunately been plagued by injuries leaving numbers small. At the conclusion of the day Friday; Carter, Ramos, and Banner would continue their quest at C.M.R, while Peace and Ward would join other team members at Great Falls High on Saturday.

Saturday proved difficult, ending Carter and Banner’s day after losing two hard fought battles. Ramos won his first match, lost his second, and ended his day as the only Eagle placer, winning his final match to take 7th. Ramos stated, “I had a couple matches I was really disappointed in but because I had so many top state contenders in my bracket, I was happy to place.”

Meanwhile, the Fairfield Eagle wrestlers showed up loud and proud at the cross town Walt and Trudy Currie Junior Varsity tournament at Great Falls High School. The Eagle wrestlers competing were Sean Ward (138), Ely Hamilton (145), Beau Peace (152) and Josh Spittler (152). Sean Ward had an impressive 3rd place finish!  I also want to note that freshman; Ely Hamilton is not only a first time Eagle wrestler, but a first time wrestler!! Wrestling is an extremely difficult sport to begin late, as most wrestlers start at a very young age. Ely has persevered through hard training and a very big learning curve. I want to congratulate him on his first big win this weekend, defeating Elijah Whitaker of Great Falls with a PIN!

Wrestling is on break for the Christmas and New Year Holidays, but will resume on Thursday, January 6th for an evening mixer in Choteau, followed by a large two-day tournament in Cut Bank January 7th-8th. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our wrestling family to yours.