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Wolves Wrestlers gain valuable experience in Butte, Whitehall

It was a busy weekend of action with plenty of mat time for the Three Forks/Ennis High School Wrestling team.

Following a packed weekend of wrestling at the Jim Street Mining City Duals in Butte and the Whitehall Duals, Wolves Head Coach Nye Howey was pleased with the team’s performance at both events.

Howey said in Whitehall, some of the wrestlers were able to move into leadership roles, and the team got a lot of experience, with some kids getting as many as six matches.

Howey was also pleased with the team’s performance in Butte and said the scores in dual matches in both locations did not always show how good they wrestled, with the squad having to forfeit many matches.

“We made a lot of progress over the weekend,” Howey said.

With the team heading this weekend to compete at the CMR Classic in Great Falls, Howey hopes the experience the team has gained to start the season will pay off.


The Three Forks/Ennis High School Wrestling team competed against a strong field at last week’s Jim Street Mining City Duals in Butte.

The Wolves fell 57-16 in their opening dual on December 8 against Ronan High School.

Ermy Veland won a 14-5 majority decision at 113 pounds over Oliver Reynolds, Jacob Murphy picked up a pin at 120 pounds over Ridge Cotte (1:47), and Cole Rogers won by fall at 126 over Luke Cheff (1:23).

Three Forks/Ennis would fall 60-18 in their second match against South Fremont High School of Idaho.

Rogers won by fall over Kaizer Purser (1:24), Tatum Todd won by pin over Tripp Bauer at 138 pounds (3:58), and Veland won by fall over Simon Eddins at 2:13.

The Wolves were victorious in their final match Friday, picking up a 54-12 win over Bozeman.

Jack Hayder won by fall over Matteo Cavallo at 1:08, Randy Pyfer picked up a win by fall at :47 over Hector Gallegos, Murphy won by fall at :38 against Griffin Fosdal, and Logan Douma picked up a pin at 132 pounds (4:56) over Marcus Howlett.

In Saturday action, the Wolves fell 33-30 to Glacier (Kalispell).

Picking up wins for Three Forks/Ennis were Rogers by pin over Dillon Sams (:53), Douma by fall over Payton Steward (3:04), Todd of Cole Opre by fall at 3:16, and Nicolai Kovnesky at 170 pounds by fall over Shannon Hughes (1:13).

In the final match in Butte, the Three Forks/Ennis team fell 40-33 to Missoula Big Sky/Loyola Sacred Heart. Veland won by fall over Greg Whiting at 1:04, Rogers won by fall over Aiden Ayers by pin at 1:12, Douma won by fall over Hammish Smith at 1:50, Todd won by fall over Dilan Courtney at 3:17, and Carson Lattimore was a 7-5 decision over Quincy King at 182 pounds.