FOUR FIRST TIMERS — From the left proudly stands Ben Stroh of Chinook, Luke Zeiger of Glasgow, our very own Luke Schlosser of Conrad and Cole Mendenhall of Great Falls. These four wrestlers, all from eastern Montana, secured their fourth State Championship titles this past week at the Wrestling tournament held in Billings. I-O Photo by Colleen Moritz
Conrad wrestler Luke Schlosser became a part of history on Saturday in winning his fourth straight championship along with three other Treasurer State grapplers.
The other three are Ben Stroh of Chinook, Luke Zeiger of Glasgow and Cole Mendenhall of Great Falls.
Schlosser left little doubt he was of championship caliber. The 119 pounder was a man on a mission. He not only won all four of his matches, he took his opponents down by a pin.
On Friday he began his drive to the podium by dispatching Tyler Law of Baker in :58. Later in the day, in a quarterfinal match, Schlosser stopped Jake Hall of Columbus in 3:08.
On Saturday Schlosser took down Logan Harms of Forsyth in a quick :24, hardly building up a sweat. Forsyth would come on to win the team championship.
In the championship match Schlosser took care of business in pinning Logan Schwope of Townsend in a quick 1:34.
He and the other “4-timers” join a select group of 23 other Montana wrestlers to be undefeated champions. Schlosser is the first four-time winner for Conrad.
On his way to being a four time champ, he has compiled a brilliant prep career.
He was 42-1 for this, his final season on the mats. His CHS record is 143-6 and counting junior high matches, he has a record of 225-11.
He shattered the school record for pins with 104. The old record was 87 held by Aaron Jones from 2000-03. He has the longest winning streak of 75, passing that of Caleb Lockyer, 74, from 2003-05.
He has the best win-loss percentage of 95.9 percent, edging out Scott Larson who went 126-6 for a 95.4 percentage from 1986-89.
Coach Kevin Moritz comments, “He works so hard, he deserves this, he’s just amazing.”
At the two-day tournament, the home boys placed ninth out of 43 other teams.
Garrett Moritz, 130, and Brandon French, 140, both placed sixth at the big dance.
The top 10 teams looked like this: 1. Forsyth 221, 2. Choteau 11, 3. Colstrip 118, 4. Chinook 98, 5. Ronan 85, 6. Baker 83, 7. Florence-Carlton 81, 8. Fairfield, 9. CONRAD 67-Harlem 67 (tie), and 10, Malta 65.
Conrad moved up three places after being in the number 12 spot on Friday. “We’re all proud of our wrestlers for doing a good job at state,” Moritz said.
Asked what was next on his plate for now, Moritz just smiled and said, “Time to go to UMS.”