Melby clinches state title

Mason Melby, a senior at Baker High School, finished his wrestling season undefeated at 39-0.

Mason State Bracket

Posted February 21, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

Mason Melby, a senior at Baker High School, finished his wrestling season undefeated at 39-0. He fought through nerves, four matches, and his toughest competitor, Layne Durfee, to win the state champion title.

Melby, son of Jade and Shelly Melby, has been wrestling since he was three years old. His dad, also the wrestling head coach, has been his greatest encouragement in the sport.

Melby didn’t have to cut weight for his 182 weight class and was often a few pounds under weight. “It was a lot easier not to have to cut weight,” Melby said.

Considering the individual aspect of the sport compared to team sports, Melby said, “It’s all you. If you lose there is no one else to blame.” Though it’s been a long season and practice has been tedious, the payoff has been priceless.

Melby said, “The toughest thing about state was getting my head around the championship. It was nerve-wracking. Crowd was paying attention to the match. I really had to focus.”

Melby defeated Kevin Young of Chinook in the quarter-finals, fall 1:39; defeated Steven Bravo of St. Ignatius in the semi-finals, fall 2:00; defeated Layne Durfee of Choteau in the final, dec. 7-5.




Melby signs with

Carroll College

HELENA – Carroll College head football coach Mike Van Diest announced that Mason Melby signed with the 2014 Fighting Saints.

Mason Melby a 5-11, 175-pound running back/linebacker from Baker High School in Baker, MT. Melby was a four-year starter at Baker High School. He was named 1st Team All-State in 2012 and 2013 as both linebacker and running back positions. He was voted team MVP on both offense and defense in his junior and senior years. Melby holds the school career tackling record with 287 stops and this past season gained 1,800 all-purpose yards. He has been selected to play in the State Class B All-Star Game as well as the East/West Shrine Game. Melby will be a four-year letter winner in football, wrestling, and track. As a wrestler he has placed 2nd in the state during his sophomore and junior years. Mason carries a 4.0 GPA and is the student body president.

Melby signed a letter of intent earlier this year with Carroll College.