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For the sixth time in a row, the Spartan wrestlers took the team title at the Polson Invite last weekend, also securing several individual top three finishes to kick off their season.
“We wrestled very well,” head coach Jeremy LaPorte said. “There are always a few that don’t go your way, but overall, I am very excited for the future of our team this season.”
Placing first for the Spartans were Junior Reece Eckley (132), Senior Cam Hegel (145) and Senior Bryar Newbary (205). Hegel and Eckley both pinned their way through the tournament.
Junior Luke Joy (152) earned a second place finish. Four wrestlers nabbed third: Sophomore Justin Kovalicky (126), Junior Beau King (138), Senior Dylan Goforth (182) and Senior Tanner Stack (285).
The JV team also traveled to Ronan last weekend, placing 15 of their wrestlers. Though no team score was given, LaPorte was pleased with the results.
“If they would have been keeping score, we would have won that, too.”
Looking down the road, LaPorte feels the teams to beat this year are Flathead, the returning state champs, and Bozeman, the returning runners-up.
“I am counting on all of our seniors to be leaders this season. Tanner Stack, Cam Hegel, Bryar Newbary, and Dylan Goforth are all returning starters that I expect to be leaders,” LaPorte said.
The team heads to Butte this weekend for the Mining City Duals.