The Spartan Wrestling team headed to Billings, MT on Feb. 9, 2018 to compete at the AA Wrestling State Tournament, finishing their season in a disappointing sixth place.
The team consisted of athletes who pplaced top eight in their individual weight class at Divisional’s hosted in Flathead during the previous weekend. The Spartans took 20 of the possible 26 competitors to the state tournament, including Seniors Bryar Newbary, Cameron Hegel, and Junior Reece Eckley who in past years placed in the top three.
Sentinel Spartans took 6th overall with a total of 113 team points, compared to the 2016-2017 season where Sentinel took 10th overall with a total of 86 team points. This was one
of the greatest improvements the team has seen in past years.
Coach Jeremy LaPorte said, “We had some ups and some downs, we had a few guys that should have gotten some hardware but we came up a little bit short, we also had some guys step up.”
Top placers for the Spartans included Seniors Dylan Goforth and Bryar Newbary taking second place in the 182 and 205 weight class respectively. Junior Camrin Doty taking fourth in the 182 weight class, Seniors Cameron Hegel and Justin Kovalicky in the 138 and 126 weight class respectively.
Junior Reece Eckley also took third in the 132 weight class while breaking a Spartan record with a season total of 33 pins, breaking the previous record of 32 pins set back in 2010 by Bentley Alsup.
Eckley said, “Honestly it didn’t really set in until a week after stat, I feels kina cool knowing that I was the one who pined the most kids in Spartan history.”