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Greenchain log plenty of mat time in Mission Valley

by SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER
The Western News | January 10, 2023 7:00 AM

The Libby varsity wrestling team had a full weekend of wrestling in Ronan with the Western Montana Duals and Invitational.

The Greenchain placed fourth in the dual tournament on Friday.

Ronan beat Libby in the third place dual, 43-24. Frenchtown was first after beating Columbia Falls, 36-31.

In the third-place match, the Greenchain had four winners.

James Warner pinned Brady Hout in 1:51 at 170 pounds. Matthew Niemi pinned Cole Dalke in 2:50 at 182 pounds. Jace DeShazer pinned Lomar Wandering Medicine in 19 seconds at 205 while Tyler Smith won by forfeit at 285.

In Saturday’s invitational, the Greenchain placed fourth with 157 points. They had a champ with DeShazer claiming first at 205 while Warner placed second at 170.

Riley Orsborn was third at 103 pounds, Zekiah Meyers was fourth at 138, Joey Wise was also fourth at 152, Sami Jocks was fifth at 120 and Marley Erickson was fifth at 132.

DeShazer pinned Hamilton’s Derrick Saltzman in 2:58 while Smith decked Florence’s Arie McLaughlin in 1:21.

Columbia Falls edged Frenchtown for the tournament title as Justin Windauer (160), Winslow Peter (138), Tyler Gilfry (126) and Blaise Cronk (152) were all individual champions.

Thursday at the Polson Mixer, the Greenchain rolled past the host Pirates, 58-15, and Stevensville, 60-16.

Against Stevensville, Libby claimed six forfeit wins. On the mat, Marley Erickson, Niemi, DeShazer and Smith each pinned their opponents.

In the win over the Pirates, Cael Schwindt scored a major decision, while Drake Wofford, Warner, Niemi, Smith, Orsborn and Urijah Bache each won by fall.

DeShazer and Erickson won by fall.

The following results include only Libby wrestlers.

Western Montana Ronan Invitational

Saturday

Team scores — Columbia Falls 233, Frenchtown 224, Ronan 172, Libby 157, Plains 87, Florence 85, Hamilton 77, Browning 65, Whitefish 63, Corvallis 61.

Individual scores

103

3rd Place Match

Riley Orsborn (Libby) maj. dec. Jaxson Sterling (Columbia Falls), 11-2.

120

5th Place Match

Sami Jocks (Libby) p. JR Harrell (Townsend) 3:19.

132

5th Place Match

Marley Erickson (Libby) v. Seth Allen (Corvallis), Inj. 0:00.

138

3rd Place Match

Fortino Silva (Ronan) p. Zekiah Meyers (Libby), 0:59.

152

3rd Place Match

Brody Hardy (Frenchtown) p. Joey Wise (Libby), 2:15.

170

1st Place Match

Canyon Sargent (Mission/Charlo) p. James Warner (Libby), 2:09.

205

1st Place Match

Jace DeShazer (Libby) p. Derrick Saltzman (Hamilton), 2:58.

285

3rd Place Match

Tyler Smith (Libby) p. Arie McLaughlin (Florence), 1:21.