34 8210QUICK WORK   — Kyle Judisch puts a move on and will pin his man, Tomas Allison of Anaconda, in 1:11 at the dual meet held in Butte over the weekend. Judisch was selected for the Cowboy Stepped It Up award for going above and beyond expectations. He ended up with a 5-2 record for the weekend.   Photo courtesy of Colleen Moritz



By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The Cowboy wrestlers gained some valuable experience at the Big Sky’s premier dual tournament in Butte over the weekend.

Thursday they went up to Shelby for a matchup meet. Cut Bank, Chester, and Browning were also there participating.

Commenting on the meeting in Butte, Coach Kevin Moritz noted, The Mining City Duals have to be the premier dual event in Montana. It features all the Class AA team as well as Class A powerhouses like the Havre Blue Ponies.

He also explained. “We are not a great dual team, because we are not able to fill all the weight classes.” We did move some of our wrestlers up to fill empty classes.”

Moritz went on to add, “The Cowboys performed well at the tournament. Most had four to five matches under their belts.”

Friday in early action, Conrad fell to a Butte team 57-30. Highlights of the match included a pin win by Luke Schlosser, 105, in 1:16, a pin win for Brett Bishop  140 in 3:57, and pin win for Johnny Schlosser, 160, in 1:32 and a pin win for Lucas Schultz, 189, in 3:03.

The homeboys got a big win over Whitefish, 54-18.

Kyle Judisch at 119 got a pin fall in the fast time of 1:04, Bishop got another pin win, this time in 1:17, Wesley Varnum 145, not even breaking a sweat, pinned his man in just :19, at 152 Colter Knox got a pin in 1:38, J. Schlosser went almost to the end of his match, then got a pin in 5:29,  Bryce Watterud, 171, got a pin in a quick 1:01, Paul O’Brien, 189, didn’t waste any time, getting a pin win in :49 and Justin Ratzburg, 215, slam dunked his man in :38.

Next up the team faced a tough squad from Ronan. Bishop and J. Schlosser won their matches by decisions and O’Brien got another quick pin in under a minute, :45.

That set the table for a match with Corvallis and they took Conrad by a score of 57-15. L. Schlosser won a match by decision and Watterud and Schultz won by pins.

The Cowboys then came back and took it to Anaconda, winning 54-30.

L. Schlosser won by a pin in 1:16, Judisch took down his man in 1:11.

Bishop, Varnum, Knox, J. Schlosser and Schultz won by pin falls in less than a minute.

The tournament was won by Kalispell Flathead, defeating Havre in as close match as you could have, 35-34.

Conrad will close out the regular season with a match in Havre.

The Cowboy Wrestler of the Week was Schultz who finished the week with a 6-1 record while wrestling at 189 as a sophomore. Most of his opponents are upper classmen.

Moritz said, “He is a good quality kid with great balance and a winning attitude who is always willing to go the extra miles.”

The Stepped It Up award went to Judisch who wrestled both 112 and 119 at the duals. He ended the week with a 5-2 record.

The Practice Wrestler of the Week was Tyler Nelson. Coach Moritz  pointed out that “He is one of the hardest workers in the wrestling room and is always willing to work with any other wrestler. This kind of positive attitude and work ethic helps build better wrestlers.”

There was no JV Wrestler of the Week as they rotated in on varsity this week.

This weekend the Cowboys are in Great Falls for the CMR Holiday Classic for what may be the biggest tournament in Montana, outside of the state meet.

They get a little rest after this for the Christmas break and get back into action next year at the Shelby Take-Down on Jan. 2.

Last week  K. Judisch was left out of taking fifth place in the Billings tournament, and the names were reversed in the wrestling photos. The I-O apologizes for any inconvenience.