Bryce Roan and Justin Zier place first at State All Class wrestling tournament
Thu, 02/15/2018 - 5:00am admin
By Jim Eshleman / Big Horn County News
The last time Hardin had two state champions in the same year was 2005. It may have taken 13 years, but the Bulldog wrestling team has done it again with Bryce Roan at 152 and Justin Zier at 182 both taking their place at the top of the platform as the medals were handed out.
Overall, the Bulldogs placed five of its 12 state qualifiers.
At 205 Will Caprata took second, at 182 Gideon Herbel took fourth and at 170 Brenden Roan placed sixth.
Both Bulldog champions won their first place matches by pins. Roan pinned Parker Adler of Polson in 5:24 and Zier pinned Wyatt Blythe of Lewistown in 2:23.
For overall team standing, the Bulldogs placed seventh.
“Bryce put in the time this season,” said Head Coach Travis Kreiger. “He came into the final match a very confident wrestler. Not many people thought Roan would win, but he beat that kid up.”
During his opponent’s blood timeout, and according to Kreiger, Roan said: “I’m not losing, this is my match.”
At 182, Zier was a man on a mission.
“Zier just destroyed his opponent,” Kreiger said. “He left no doubt about it. He was not going to be denied. I’d put him up against any 182 pounder from any class.”
Caprata placed second for the Bulldogs at 205. At the divisional tournament in Belgrade a week earlier, he had placed fourth.
At the Eastern A divisionals, Caprata lost to Sawyor Thorgerson of Sidney, who had pinned him in 1:19.
At state, it was a whole different picture as Caprata defeated Thorgerson in a 5-2 decision in the semifinals, sending him into the championship round. In the third period of the championship round with 30 seconds left, the match was tied at 2-2. Tyler Schaub of Havre scored 2 more points, giving him a 4-2 victory over Caprata.
Kreiger said, “Caprata is another one who has really progressed. In his freshman year, he only won five matches. He hit the weight room, was open to coaching and at state ran his game plan to a tee. He wrestled one hell of a match in the championship round.”
Another placer for the Bulldogs was Gideon Herbel, who took fourth, having to battle back from a semifinal loss to Wyatt Blythe of Lewistown. In the consolation semifinals, Herbel battled Livingston’s Shane Gibson, winning by 1 point on an escape as time ran out in the third period.
Kreiger said, “He battled that Livingston kid. I’m so proud of him. He was another one that found the weight room this year. He went from one of the weakest last year to one of the strongest this year.”
Brenden Roan, who placed sixth, was injured in his match against Alex Wickens and took two injury forfeits for sixth place. Brenden is a four-time state placer for the Bulldogs.
Every senior on the Bulldog team placed.
“I’m super proud of all of them,” Kreiger said.
Team scores: Sidney-Fairview 250, Havre 188, Lewistown 185, Polson 134, Frenchtown 130, Glendive 117.5, Hardin 110, Columbia Falls 108, Ronan 70, Hamilton-Darby 66, Libby-Troy 53.5, Dillon-Twin Bridges-Sheridan 42.5, Miles City 39.5, Belgrade 38, Browning 30.5, Laurel 29, Billings Central 23, Stevensville-Victor 20, Corvallis 17, Livingston 16, Butte Central 15, Whitefish 10.
First place: Bryce Roan, Hardin, p. Parker Adler, Polson, 5:24.
Third place: Connor Harris, Havre pinned Cooper Hoffman, Dillon, 5:34.
Fifth place: Chase Farrar, Lewistown def. Brandon Held, Glendive 6-1.
First place: Ben Windauer, Columbia Falls, p. Alex Wickens, Lewistown, 1:38.
Third place: Hunter Fritsch, Polson def. Trevor Dean, Sidney, 4-2.
Fifth place: Mason Dione, Havre def. Brenden Roan, Hardin, injury default.
First place: Justin Zier, Hardin, p. Wyatt Blythe, Lewistown, 2:23.
Third place: Nelson Crisafulli, Glendive def. Gidion Herbel, Hardin 10-8.
Fifth place: Justin Mays, Ronan def. Shane Gibson, Livingston, 4-4 OT, criteria.
First place: Tyler Schaub, Havre, dec. Will Caprata, Hardin, 4-2.
Third place: Sawyor Thorgerson, Sidney def. Kyle Anderson, Hamilton 5-2.
Fifth place: Brady Boyce, Lewistown pinned Jakob Freeman, Columbia Falls.