BIG DECISION — Cowboy Luke Schlosser, 112 pounds, won a 5-1 decision over Colin Rupert of Bozeman and placed second at the Billings tournament this past weekend. I-O Photo by Colleen Moritz
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
If you use the Billings meet as an “indicator” a whole bunch of the Class B schools are going to be looking up at the Cowboy matmen this season.
Conrad placed 11th at the annual meet in Billings that also attracts many of the best wrestlers in Wyoming. In fact a team from Gillette won the tournament.
Team scores and places looked like this; Gillette 255, Billings Skyview 220, Bozeman 168, Great Falls High, Billings Senior 145, Huntley Project 127, Laurel 125, CMR 108, Billings Skyview JV 87, Billings West 85, Conrad 83.5, Buffalo 71, Shepherd 43, Billings SR-JV 26,
Billings West-JV 14, Billings Central 6, Columbus-Absarokee 2.
All the schools that finished higher that Conrad are either Class AA or A, with the exception of Huntley Project.
Luke Schlosser tipping the scales at 112 pounds and Brett Bishop in the 140 bracket, both placed second at the meet.
Early on, Schlosser had a pin-win and a 5-1 decision and Bishop won a match with a pin in just :39. Lucas Schultz, at 189 pounds came on to place fifth and did so with a pin-win in 3:04 over Ryan Gueff of Skyview 2. Johnny Schlosser placed fourth in the 160 pound bracket.
Coach Kevin Moritz commented, “I am very proud of this team in its first meet of the year against very tough opponents from larger schools.”
Saturday there was a JV takedown tournament and Conrad had four wrestlers participate. Wesley Varnum took first place, Bryce Watterud was second and Justin Ratzburg and Ryan Townsend were in fifth place, all in their respective weight classes.
Moritz went on to add, “I felt the kids wrestled well after all the sickness we have been battling the last two weeks.”
The Cowboy Wrestler of the Week is shared by L. Schlosser and Bishop. “Both wrestlers showed great desire and a no-quit attitude in their matches,” Moritz said.
The Stepped It Up award, for going above and beyond expectation, went to Shultz.
The Practice Wrestler of the Week, for showing leadership, sacrifice and a good work ethic went toWatterud for going to camps in the off-season and to stay after practice to work extra time on his moves.
The JV Wrestler of the Week award went to Varnum for his attitude and work ethic and for placing first in the Takedown tourney on Saturday.
Thursday the team is in Shelby for a meet with the Coyotes and then Dec. 11-12 they are in the Mining City of Butte for a big duals meet