BUTTE In its first action since winning a state wrestling championship last February, Flathead kept right on rolling.
The Braves steamrolled Butte 51-19 on Friday afternoon after the Bulldogs dominated Glacier 62-6 earlier in the day in a three-team dual meet.
Flathead recorded seven pins in its dual against Butte, including one by first-time varsity competitor Brenden Barnes, who Braves coach Jeff Thompson identified as one of the standouts in a dominant display.
It was his first time wrestling in the spotlight of a varsity competition, and he was just on fire out there, Thompson said.
Barnes pinned his 103-pound opponent in one minute, 52 seconds, the fastest of anyone in the dual.
Bryce Shaffer (113-pound), Braden Comer (132-pound), Bo Meyer (138-pound), Tanner Russell (145-pound), Kenyon Fretwell (152-pound) and Payton Hume (160-pound) also pinned their opponents for the Braves. Tucker Nadeau (182-pound) won by way of forfeit.
We were just excited to get back on the mat after such a successful year last year, Thompson said. Even though were defending state champions, you never know exactly where your teams going to be.
We want to see them build their own identity.
Butte pummeled Glacier before its matchup with Flathead.
Caden Willis pinned his opponent in the 132-pound weight class to provide the Wolfpacks only points.
Butte tallied seven pins and picked up another six points on a forfeit.
Flathead and Glacier return to the mat today at 9 a.m. at the Helena Duals.
Butte 62, Glacier 6
103 Wil Queer (B) pin Dylan Miller, 0:53; 113 Christian Sherman (B) dec. Bridger Beach, 9-8; 120 Gabe Tierney (B) maj. dec. Tristian Little, 18-5; 126 Scout Allen (B) pin Lane Wilson, 0:33; 132 Caden Willis (G) pin Tye DArcy, 3:16; 138 Cory West (B) pin Trey Mitchell, 4:27; 145 Quinn Sullivan (B) maj. dec. Adam Elerick, 12-4; 152 Kole McGrath (B) dec. Andrew Glynn, 7-4; 160 Carl Anderson (B) pin Caden Gilmond, 5:10; 170 Kobe Moreno (B) by forfeit; 182 Kameron Moreno (B) pin Wesley Palmer, 1:08; 205 Grayson Mandic (B) pin Connor DeReu, 5:44; 285 Jeff Queer (B) pin Treymayne Krause, 1:29.
Flathead 51, Butte 19
103 Brenden Barnes (F) pin Wil Queer, 1:51; 113 Bryce Shaffer (F) pin Wyatt Queer, 2:30; 120 Gabe Tierney (B) maj. dec. Dominic Battello, 15-5; 126 Scout Allen (B) dec. Hunter Reichert, 6-5; 132 Braden Comer (F) pin Tye DArcy, 2:20; 138 Bo Meyer (F) pin Dale Kent, 2:50; 145 Tanner Russell (F) pin Quinn Sullivan, 3:01; 152 Kenyon Fretwell (F) pin Tanner Cooney, 5:57; 160 Payton Hume (F) pin Carl Anderson, 4:00; 170 Kobe Moreno (B) pin Garrett Rieke, 4:49; 182 Tucker Nadeau (F) by forfeit; 205 Hunter Wellcome (F) dec. Kameron Moreno, 12-8; 285 Jeff Queer (B) pin Alex Paul, 5:00.