Spartan wrestlers face tough competition at Divisionals

By Kenzie Davis

The Spartan wrestling team competed at the Eastern B-C Tournament held in Forsyth on Feb. 2. Six young men competed at the tournament and two qualified to wrestle at the state tournament in Billings. Overall the Spartan team placed 8th.

In the 113 weight class, Tegan Miller (21-23) placed 6th and scored 3.0 team points.

•Quarterfinal – Garrett Buckalew (Colstrip) 12-8 won by decision over Tegan Miller (Baker) 21-23 (Dec 8-4)

•Cons. Round 1 – Tegan Miller (Baker) 21-23 won by fall over Leeann Hoch (Shepherd) 7-28 (Fall 0:36)

•Cons. Semi – Bryson Bartelson (Circle) 25-16 won by fall over Tegan Miller (Baker) 21-23 (Fall 2:51)

•5th Place Match – Garrett Buckalew (Colstrip) 12-8 won by fall over Tegan Miller (Baker) 21-23 (Fall 4:08)

In the 126 weight class, Donnie Steen did not place but he  scored 1.0 team points.

•Champ. Round 1 – Donnie Steen (Baker) 6-11 received a bye () (Bye)

•Quarterfinal – Kayden Howe (Colstrip) 22-26 won by fall over Donnie Steen (Baker) 6-11 (Fall 6:00)

•Cons. Round 2 – Donnie Steen (Baker) 6-11 won by decision over Rowan Wester (Forsyth) 10-26 (Dec 3-1)

•Cons. Round 3 – Travis Pew (Circle) 12-21 won by fall over Donnie Steen (Baker) 6-11 (Fall 1:49)

Wrestling in the 132 weight class, Senior Dalton Lecoe (24-13) placed 4th and scored 9.0 team points.

•Quarterfinal – Dalton Lecoe (Baker) 24-13 won by fall over Alex Nelson (Huntley Project (Worden)) 23-24 (Fall 0:23)

•Semifinal – Dawson Buckalew (Colstrip) 17-15 won by fall over Dalton Lecoe (Baker) 24-13 (Fall 1:38)

•Cons. Semi – Dalton Lecoe (Baker) 24-13 won by decision over Logan Boadle (Poplar) 24-22 (Dec 6-4)

•3rd Place Match – Cole Becker (Circle) 20-11 won by fall over Dalton Lecoe (Baker) 24-13 (Fall 2:31)

Kyler Afrank, wrestling in the 138 weight class, placed 6th and scored 4.0 team points.

•Champ. Round 1 – Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 received a bye () (Bye)

•Quarterfinal – Blake Zimmerman (Huntley Project (Worden)) 33-21 won by fall over Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 (Fall 4:00)

•Cons. Round 2 – Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 received a bye () (Bye)

•Cons. Round 3 – Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 won by fall over Payton Klinger (Poplar) 2-30 (Fall 0:51)

•Cons. Semi – John Cremer (Glasgow ) 25-20 won by fall over Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 (Fall 4:14)

•5th Place Match – Lakota Schindler (Colstrip) 9-15 won by fall over Kyler Afrank (Baker) 6-12 (Fall 4:18)

Sophomore Avery Uecker, who wrestles in the 152 weight class, (12-15) placed 3rd and scored 15.5 team points.

•Quarterfinal – Avery Uecker (Baker) 12-15 won by fall over Donovan Sturtze (Powder River Co. (Broadus)) 5-10 (Fall 2:44)

•Semifinal – Kyler Hallock (Glasgow ) 33-17 won by fall over Avery Uecker (Baker) 12-15 (Fall 1:12)

•Cons. Semi – Avery Uecker (Baker) 12-15 won by fall over Kaleb Neubauer (Poplar) 16-26 (Fall 0:23)

•3rd Place Match – Avery Uecker (Baker) 12-15 won by tech fall over Donovan Sturtze (Powder River Co. (Broadus)) 5-10 (TF-1.5 4:30 (17-1))

Rounding out the team in the 182 weight class was Ethan Reichenberg (17-22), who did not place.

•Champ. Round 1 – Ethan Reichenberg (Baker) 17-22 received a bye () (Bye)

•Quarterfinal – Henry Koch (Huntley Project (Worden)) 44-10 won by fall over Ethan Reichenberg (Baker) 17-22 (Fall 1:19)

•Cons. Round 2 – Ethan Reichenberg (Baker) 17-22 received a bye () (Bye)

•Cons. Round 3 – Lander Potts (Forsyth) 14-14 won by decision over Ethan Reichenberg (Baker) 17-22 (Dec 5-4)

The Spartans are coached by Eric Kary and Will Bagley.  We wish the Spartan wrestlers the very best of luck at state!