Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bulldogs take five out of six at Class A Duals

The Hardin Bulldog wrestling team turned in a solid performance at the Class A Duals held in Lewistown last weekend. Of six duals, Hardin won five, only losing to Havre on Saturday.

In pool play on Friday it was a clean sweep for the Dogs with Hardin defeating Browning 40-18, Frenchtown 45-18 and Butte Central 63-6.

“We had a great weekend,” said Head Coach Travis Kreiger. “We are making progress and wrestling tough.”

Against Browning, Hardin wrestlers Eric LaFontaine, Bryce Roan, Brenden Roan and Connor Murdock all gave the Bulldogs pins.

In action against Frenchtown, LaFontaine, Brenden Roan and Murdock scored pins. Wyatt Harmer, Hunter Popetsaitke, Justin Zier and Phillip Rising Sun gave Hardin wins.

According to Keiger, one advantage the Bulldogs have is their line-up is full. Frenchtown had to forfeit four weight classes to Hardin. In the dual with Butte Central, 54 of their 57-point lead came from forfeits after their opponents forfeited nine weight classes.

“Butte Central, it was what it was,” Kreiger said.

Hunter Popetsaitke gave the Bulldogs a pin and Will Caprata a win.

These three wins put Hardin into the championship side of the tournament on Saturday.

On Saturday, Hardin went two of three, losing only to Havre. The Bulldogs defeated Corvallis 41-30, lost to Havre 18- 41 and defeated Whitefish 58-18.

No individual results were available from the Havre and Whitefish games, but against Corvallis, Lafontaine, both Roan boys, Zier, Murdock and LoRenzo Roan Bear won with pins.

“We only lost 20 matches all weekend and only six of those were by pins,” said Kreiger. “We just battled.”

The Bulldogs had approximately 78 total matches.

Kreiger pointed out LaFontaine, who went undefeated for the weekend and knocked off the No. 3 wrestler in the state.

“At 103, Harmer beat Zac Blachard of Frenchtown, who’s rated No. 4,” said Kreiger. “Grant Scalpcane pinned Steve Quimbley of Whitefish at heavyweight and he’s rated No. 4. We are starting to knock off guys we aren’t supposed to beat. We go out and battle hard. It was an excellent weekend. I’m proud of these kids; they didn’t back down to nobody. ”

This Thursday, the Bulldogs will travel to Shepherd for a dual and on Friday to Huntley. Saturday, the Bulldogs will be at home for the Hardin Invite. According to Kreiger, 13 teams will be in town to participate.