Couguskies take home first place at divisionals

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, February 7, 2019

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The Columbus-Absarokee-Park City (CAPC) wrestlers stepped onto the mats last Saturday in Townsend ready to compete. And compete they did – all the way to the top of the podium at the Class B-C Southern Divisional Tournament.

The Couguskies put up 221 team points to take first place, beating second place Townsend by 40.5 points. Ten CAPC wrestlers finished in the top four of their weight class, automatically earning a state tournament berth.

Three Couguskies won their weight classes: freshman Weston Timberman (103-lbs.), junior Tanner Cook (113-lbs.), and senior Dylan Raihl (152-lbs.).

Freshman Cooper Cook (120-lbs.), sophomore Peyton Baumgartner (126-lbs.), and junior Carter Beer (285-lbs.) all fought for second place finishes.

Third place hardware was taken home by four CAPC wrestlers: freshman Brady Ellison (113-lbs.), senior Colton Getz (145-lbs.), junior Keegan Goddard (182-lbs.), and senior Kade Pendill (285-lbs.).

Three Couguskies finished divisionals in fifth place, making them first alternates for the state tournament. Senior Clay Haverland (132-lbs.), junior Brent Kelly (138-lbs.), and senior Nathan Hollar (145-lbs.) fell into this group.

Also competing at the divisional tournament were senior Joe Carlson (132-lbs.), freshman Colby Coleman (152-lbs.), and sophomore Dominic Fitch (160-lbs.).

Entering the divisional tournament, the Couguskies were ranked fourth in the state as a team. Five individual CAPC wrestlers were also on the statewide rankings – Timberman (2nd), Tanner Cook (1st), Cooper Cook (4th), Raihl (2nd), and Beer (6th).

STATE TOURNAMENT

The CAPC 2018-19 season reaches its final phase this weekend at the MHSA All-Class State Wrestling Tournament in Billings. Wrestlers from 40 Class B-C teams will be competing in the tournament that takes place Friday and Saturday.

The brackets have been set. In the 103-pound category, Timberman, with a 38-4 season record, will face the fourth place finisher from the Western division, Kody Dillard (0-18) from Saint Ignatius-Charlo, in the first round.

During the 113-pound competition, two CAPC wrestlers will be competing. Tanner Cook (14-1) will compete against Rebecca Stroh (8-20) from Chinook in the opening round, and Ellison (35-8) will take on Chance Freeman (21-17) from Deer Lodge.

Cooper Cook (30-10) will wrestle in the 120-pound weight class against Peter Carey (25-12) from Plains-Hot Springs first. Baumgartner (22-11) will open 126-pound competition against Aaron Edens (7-15) from Florence-Carlton.

The first round of competition for Getz (36-6) in the 145-pound bracket comes against Andrew Andersen (34-15) from Cut Bank. Raihl (38-2) gets his final state tournament underway in the 152-pound weight class against Colten Barsness (27-22) from Cut Bank.

Goddard (7-7), in the 182-pound category, will face Henry Koch (44-10) from Huntley in the first round. The two CAPC 285-pound competitors – Beer and Pendill – are on the same half of the bracket. Beer (30-4) opens against Mayson Phipps (36-14) from Glasgow, and Pendill (20-7) will compete against Trey Yates (31-11) from Colstrip.

The brackets, as well as results, can be found by clicking on a link (trackwrestling.com) on the MHSA wrestling postseason web page.

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