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Rogers picks up 100th win of high school career in thrilling championship match at Cowboy Classic

In a December battle between the two best 120-pound wrestlers in the state, Three Forks senior Cole Rogers lost a dramatic match 6-4 in sudden victory to Chris Grossman of Billings Skyview in the finals of the CMR Classic in Great Falls. Flash forward to January 13 at the finals of the 65th annual Cowboy Classic Invitational in Miles City, Rogers was not only able to avenge his loss with a thrilling 4-2 sudden victory over Grossman, but the win was also the 100th of his high school career.

Rogers opened the tournament with four wins by fall, picking up pins over Landon Spencer of Lockwood (1:16), Kaiden Culbertson of Alexander (1:01), Jonah Bucks of Malta (1:32), and Kona Fandrich of Malta (3:08).

"It was cool to get my 100th win while winning the Cowboy Invitational Tournament in SV OT to the only wrestler I've lost a match to this year," Rogers said.

After winning state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons, Rogers has mixed feelings about the upcoming postseason.

"It's sad to see it come soon, but I'm more excited than ever for the postseason. I'm going to miss my coaches and teammates, but I'm looking forward to what comes next," he said.

As a team, Three Forks/Ennis finished 13th out of 29 teams at the Cowboy Classic.

Emry Veland won two matches for the Wolves at 113 pounds, winning by fall at 1:48 over Landon Peel of Billings West and a 9-2 decision over Haydan Friebos of Miles City.

Jacob Murphy had two wins for Three Forks at 120 pounds. Murphy won by fall over Joseph Cepeda of Lockwood in 31 seconds and Creighton Teeters of Forsyth in 47 seconds.

Logan Douma had a win at 126 pounds, winning by fall over Jarod Bowen of Lockwood at 2:42.

Tatum Todd finished with a pin for the Wolves at 132 pounds. Todd defeated Steeler Blunt of Malta at 4:12.

Gabe Hungerford had two wins at 145 pounds. Hungerford won by fall over Alex Burkhard of East Helena (1:58) and Bryce Becker of Circle (:25).

Brody Myer had a pin at 160 pounds, defeating Briley Tetschner of Lockwood at 3:00.

Nicolai Kovensky won one at 170 pounds, pinning Kenan Labri of Malta at 3:33.

Carson Lattimore had a win at 182 pounds for Three Forks, winning by fall over Kayden Green of Malta at 1:27.

The Wolves will have the opportunity to wrestle in front of home fans this week when they host Cut Bank and Laurel on January 18, with wrestling set to begin at 6 p.m.