Glacier battled on the mats in dual losses to Missoula Sentinel, 47-21, and Polson, 48-18, on Thursday but the effort and competitiveness continues to catch the attention of Wolfpack head coach Ross Dankers.
ďThe kids put together a real good start to the season in the practice room,Ē he said.
ďEvery time they have gotten on the mat, they have improved.Ē
Lane Wilson, 126 pounds, went 2-0 on the day for Glacier. He pinned Kyle Krstulich of Sentinel in 3:37 and won by forfeit against Polson.
Cody Frost (103) and Kael Willis (113) split for the Wolfpack, as did Caden Willis (132).
Frost pinned Corbin Likeric of Sentinel in 18 seconds and was pinned by Polsonís Maysn Cowell in 1:15.
Kael Willis was pinned by Rene Pierre of Polson in 40 seconds, but pulled out an impressive 11-10 decision over Sentinelís Novik Thomas.
ďHe was down by four,Ē Dankers said late in the third period.
ďHe got a five-point move.Ē
Willis scored on a reversal and put Thomas on his back with 10 seconds remaining for a 3-point nearfall.
ďHe put on a flurry,Ē Dankers said.
ďFinished strong, kept believing. It was a come-from-behind victory, fun to watch for a freshman in his first varsity match at home.Ē
Caden Willis pinned Sentinelís Tristan Traver in 5:01, but was pinned by Polsonís Bridger Wenzel in 50 seconds.
Glacierís Tristan Little (120) dropped a tough 6-4 decision to Sentinelís Dakota Thomas.
This was the final outing for all three teams before the holiday break.
ďIím really looking forward to rolling in the New Year,Ē Dankers said.
Up first for Glacier is the Ronan Invitational on Jan. 5-6. Polson is at the Bozeman Invitational the same dates.
Missoula Sentinel 47, Glacier 21
103 ó Cody Frost, Gla, pinned Corbin Likeric, :18; 113 ó Kael Willis, Gla, dec. Novik Thomas, 11-10; 120 ó Dakota Thomas, Sen, dec. Tristan Little, 6-4; 126 ó Lane Wilson, Gla, pinned Kyle Krstulich, 3:37; 132 ó Caden Willis, Gla, pinned Tristan Traver, 5:01; 138 ó Reece Eckley, Sen, pinned Rueger Baier, 3:17; 145 ó Beau King, Sen, pinned Dray Wieting, 1:55; 152 ó Conall Powers, Sen, maj. dec. Andrew Glynn, 12-2; 160 ó Luke Joy, Sen, maj. dec. Caden Gilmond, 13-0; 170 ó Dre Davis, Sen, won by forfeit; 182 ó Dylan Goforth, Sen, pinned Wesley Palmer, 3:08; 205 ó Tanner Stack, Sen, pinned Connor DeReu, :37; 285 ó Camrin Doty, Sen, pinned Tre Krause, 2:35.
Polson 48, Glacier 18
The lower/middle weights provided the bulk of Polsonís scoring in the dual win over Glacier.
Cowell (103), Pierre (113), Mateo Quinones (120), Wenzel (132), Cameron Brown (145) and Parker Adler (152) all won by pin for Polson.
Rueger Baier (138) and Connor DeReu (205) posted decisions for Glacier while Tre Krause (285) won by forfeit. All three also split for Glacier on the day, losing matches in the Sentinel dual.
103 ó Maysn Cowell, Pol, pinned Cody Frost, 1:15; 113 ó Rene Pierre, Pol, pinned Kael Willis, :40; 120 óMateo Quinones, Pol, pinned Tristan Little, 1:07; 126 ó Lane Wilson, Gla, won by forfeit; 132 ó Bridger Wenzel, Pol, pinned Caden Willis, :50; 138 ó Rueger Baier, Gla, dec. Jarod Farrier, 5-4; 145 ó Cameron Brown, Pol, pinned Dray Wieting, 1:23; 152 ó Parker Adler, Pol, pinned Andrew Glynn, 1:20; 160 ó Garrett Croft, Pol, dec. Caden Gilmond, 6-2) 170 ó Caleb Pierre, Pol, won by forfeit; 182 ó Noah Humphrey, Pol, pinned Wesley Palmer, 7-2; 205 ó Connor DeReu, Gla, dec. Jasper Drake, 5-4; 285 ó Tre Krause, Gla, won by forfeit.
Missoula Sentinel 39, Polson 33
Polson dominated the lower/middle weights while Missoula Sentinel prevailed in the upper ones and added 12 points off two forfeits to slip by Polson.
Polson entered as the No. 2-ranked team in Class A.
Polson did all of its scoring from 103 to 152, winning five times by pin ó Cowell, Peirre, Quinones, Wenzel and Adler ó for 30 points and adding three more points on a 4-4 decision by Cameron Brown (145).
Sentinel had four pins and a decision.
103ó Maysn Cowell, Pol, pinned Corbin Likeric, :16; 113 ó Rene Pierre, Pol, pinned Novik Thomas, 1:21; 120 ó Mateo Quinones, Pol, pinned Dakota Thomas, 1:56; 126 ó Kyle Krstulich, Sen, won by forfeit; 132 ó Bridger Wenzel, Pol, pinned Tristan Traver, 1:10; 138 ó Reece Eckley, Sen, pinned Jarod Farrier, 4:09; 145 ó Cameron Brown, Pol, dec. Beau King, 4-3; 152 ó Parker Adler, Pol, pinned Conall Powers, 1:50; 160 ó Luke Joy, Sen, pinned Garrett Croft, 3:15; 170 ó Dre Davis, Sen, pinned Caleb Pierre, 4:47; 182 ó Dylan Goforth, Sen, dec. Noah Humphrey, SV-1 5-3; 205 ó Tanner Stack, Sen, pinned Jasper Drake, :34; 285 ó Camrin Doty, MS, won by forfeit.