QUICK PIN ARTIST — Luke Schlosser, 105, placed first in his weight division of 105 pounds at the Choteau Classic over the weekend. He was 4-0 on the mats, all of his wins came by pins as he was also the winner of the “Quick Pin” award. I-O Photo by Colleen Moritz
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Twenty-nine teams participated in the 31st annual Choteau Classic over the weekend and with the exception of the state meet, this is one of the biggest tournaments the mat-men wrestle in for the year.
When the dust settled on Saturday the home boys were positioned in seventh place among the 29 B/C teams that shared time on the mats.
After the quarterfinals on Friday the top 10 teams and places looked like this: Cascade-Simms 83, Huntley Project 82, Townsend 75, Choteau 63, Malta 52, Chinook 51, Conrad 43, Florence 41, Harlem 37, and St. Ignatius-Charlo 35.
The Cowboys got super performances early on from Luke Schlosser, Kyle Judisch, Will Shirley, and Johnny Schlosser.
These four would finish the tournament in 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 4th place respectively.
L. Schlosser (105) just blew away his opponents away, winning all four of his matches by pins. In addition to being a Classic Champion, he won the “Quick Pin” award with times of :40, 2:14 4:43, and 1:18 to average just over two minutes per match with wrestlers from Hot Springs, Chinook, Townsend, and Whitefish.
Adding to his hardware, Schlosser was named the Cowboy Wrestler of the Week. Coach Kevin Moritz commented, “He is a very solid wrestler and wrestled with great intensity and desire over the weekend.”
In other early round action, Judisch (112) pinned his man in the first round in 1:42 and his next man with a technical fall with a 17-2 score. He won an 8-5 decision in the semifinals but was defeated in the championship round.
Shirley, wrestling at 119, picked up a big pin-win the first round in 1:10, lost a match and fought his way back to take fourth place.
Johnny Schlosser (145) came on to capture second place. He had a strong first round on the mats wining his matches by pins with times of 2:36 and 1:25. In the semi-finals he won a neat 5-0 decision and in the championship round, fell in a tough 6-4 decision.
In the JV tournament, Wesley Varnum (145) came in second and Bryce Watterud (171) placed fourth.
Colt Harris, 130, won a match by a pin fall in 1:40, Lucas Schultz (189) had a 10-8 decision win, and Colter Knox (145) got a pin-win in 1:13.
Final team places and scores of the top 10 went like this: 1.Huntley Project 179, 2. Townsend 172, 3. Cascade/Simms 154, 4. Choteau 129, 5. Malta 124, 6. Chinook 112, 7. Conrad 103, 8. Florence 97, 9. Harlem 77, and 10. Darby 70.
The Cowboy Stepped It Up award was presented to Shirley who fashioned a 3-2 record for the week. Moritz noted, “He has worked hard to drop down to the 119 weight class where he is more competitive.”
The Practice Wrestler of the Week was J. Schlosser for his hard work during practice, which shows, because he is in better shape than most of his opponents, said Moritz.
The JV Wrestler of the Week went to Varnum for his determination and improvement and is gaining each week after coming off the injury list.
Finally, the home boys are at The Corral this weekend with their duals tournament and first home date of the season.
The meet features two pools of teams; Conrad, CMR, Boulder, Choteau and Darby in the A and Townsend, GFH, Cut Bank, Shelby and Whitehall in the B.
On Friday the Cowboys hit the mats at 4 p.m., facing a tough Choteau team that placed fourth in their tournament this past weekend, and again at 7:45 going up against CMR.
Saturday the home boys get it on with Boulder at 9 a.m., who were 19th in the Classic and rumble with Darby (10th in the Classic) at 12:45 p.m.
Semi-final action begins at 4:30 p.m. with the championship matches starting at 6 p.m.
If you miss this meet, you get one more chance to see the team in action and that is the Conrad Match-Up on Jan. 28 which will also be senior night starting at 6 p.m.