Friday, February 23, 2018

Bulldogs wrestlers tie for 15th at Sidney

The Hardin Bulldog wrestling team traveled to Sidney last week for their first action of the season. Out of 27 teams Hardin tied for 15th place.
“It showed how far we have to go,” said Head Coach Travis Kreiger. “It gave us a chance to see where we are and how we are going to move forward.”
Last year, Hardin brought home third place in Class A at the state tournament.
According to Kreiger, it was a tough week. 
“Justin Zier is injured and out until after Christmas and Bryce Roan broke his thumb and may be out for the season,” Kreiger said. “These are two key wrestlers for us.” 
Both were on last season’s state team.
In action Friday, the Bulldog team competed in duals with Minot N.D., Bowman N.D. and Glendive. Against Minot, Hardin lost 51-20. 
“It was a good dual for us,” Kreiger said. “Even though we gave up 18 points to forfeits, we wrestled okay.”
Against Bowman, the Bulldogs won 52-21, but lost their final dual to Glendive 48-18.
“We were just not ready to wrestle, it was bad,” Kreiger said. “We were winning matches, then we’d made mistakes and get pinned.”
One Saturday, it was tournament time. The first round was a difficult one for the Bulldogs with only Uriah Turner at 182 winning.
“We lost some tough matches,” Kreiger said. 
At 182, Turner placed fifth by pinning Tyler Smith from Columbia High of Washington State.
Turner was losing the match by eight points, before coming back and pinning Smith in the third period.
“It was his coming out party,” Kreiger said. “His hard work is starting to pay off. He just grinds in out every match.”
The only other wrestler to place was Wyatt Harmer at 113. Harmer took eighth place. 
“Harmer is in every match, He just battles and frustrates kids. When he’s on the mat he is just go-go-go,” Kreiger said. “I am so proud of both Turner and Harmer.”
Kreiger pointed out Ronald Anderson and Conner Schwend. While neither placed, “they gave us their all, they battled. Schwend had a chance to place.”
For the JV team, the Bulldogs had success with Keith Pretty Weasel placing second at 113, Colton Sexton third at 113, Tristan Liming fifth at 152, Tivanna Deputee fourth at 170, Cameron Elk Shoulder seventh at 170 and Niclin Hagerman sixth at heavyweight.
“We are still pretty raw, but they are working hard,” Kreiger said. “For some of our kids, we are going to be asking a lot out of them.”
Thursday, the Bulldogs will be at home for duals against Laurel, Billings Central and Colstrip and Friday will travel to Glasgow for their invite.