Greybull-Riverside wrestlers held their own last weekend against some of the top wrestlers from Montana, scoring 73 points over the course of the two-day Forsyth Invitational.
Glendive won the tournament with 255 points, followed by host Forsyth with 238 and Choteau with 235. Cody, with 137, and Sheridan, 89, were the only Wyoming teams that finished ahead of the Buffs.
“It wasn’t quite as big as it was last year … and not as tough either because Belgrade wasn’t there this year,” said Coach Mark Sanford, who saw three of his wrestlers place.
The setup for the tournament did not include any pool wrestling, nor were there separate divisions for varsity and junior varsity competitors.
Instead, it was simply a bracketed tournament — and one that followed the rules of wrestling in Montana, where weight class limits are slightly different.
The Buffs entered 10 wrestlers, and but two of them won matches.
Anthony Eibert went 2-2 but did not place at 152. Sanford said Eibert just needs to “do some cleaning up of his moves,” noting that the things he was able to do in middle school won’t work at the high school level.
Cole Hill also competed at 152, and like Eibert, he went 2-2 for the weekend. Hill was “one round short of placing,” said Sanford, noting that he “should have won his last match.”
The Buffs entered three wrestlers, Matt Brown, Zane Edeler and Spencer Redland, in the 189-pound class. Matt Brown went two-and-out, but both Edeler and Redland picked up wins for the team.
“The effort was good, but I told the kids on the way home that my expectations for them are higher. We had a couple who were one round out of place, and a couple who went 0-2. That’s the kind of stuff we cannot have. We have to push through some of that, to where we’re getting into that medal round.”
The Buffs will get to see some of the teams from the eastern half of the state this weekend at the Wright Dual Tournament. Moorcroft, one of the teams to beat in 2A, will be there, as will Wright and Lusk.