Tuesday night the Havre High wrestling program earned another impressive win over a Class AA opponent.
This time, it was a win over the visiting CMR Rustlers for the Central A Blue Ponies. Hosting CMR at the Havre High gymnasium, the Ponies defeated the Rustlers 53-21 in the dual.
“The problem with this was that a lot of their kids were hurt and we had a couple of kids out,” Havre High head coach Scott Filius said. “We had a lot of mismatches, but a lot of those mismatches were entertaining.”
On the night, the Ponies earned wins in 10 out of the 15 matches. The Ponies won two matches by way of forfeit, but also gave up a forfeit win being open at 125 pounds. Logan Pleninger (105) and Tyler Adams (215) both won by forfeit on Tuesday night. But Keegan Kennelly (98), Grayson Brenna (112), Dylan Stewart (119), Thomas Gruber (130), Kody Pribyl (140), Jake Williams (171), Grant Pattison (189), and Dustin Odegard (HWT) also earned wins over their CMR competition, helping the Ponies to a dominating team win.
HHS led 20-0 after the first four matches, but gave up some ground after running into the heart of the Rustler’s lineup. CMR got things rolling with the 125-pound forfeit win, then caught the Ponies in four out of the next five matches. The Ponies lead was narrowed to 32-21 with losses from Gilbert Bara (135), Gunnar Aageson (145), Kage Hansen (152), and David Borris (160).
Kennelly earned a tech fall over Gaving Martin, 15-0, while Brenna defeated Riley Wavra 12-6. Stewart pinned Kooper Marquart in 2:40, while Gruber pinned Justin Meyer in 2:25, Pribyl pinned Mitch Brown in 1:54, Pattison pinned Jacari Murphy in 44 seconds, and Odegard pinned Zach Warneke in 24 seconds. Williams also earned a 9-4 decision over Travis Brugman.
But moving forward, the Ponies still have some work to do.
“We still need to finish better in the third period,” Filius said. “We were a little lax, and we can make all the excuses we want, but at some point we can either be beat up and tired, or we can beat up and tired and finish matches. We have to finish matches and we will.”
The Ponies earned a big win, and have just two duals left before the Divisional and State tournaments. The Ponies will be back in action at the Havre High gymnasium on Friday, when they host Conrad at 6 p.m.
Havre 53, CMR 21
98 – Keegan Kennelly, HHS tech fall Gavin Martin 15-0; 105 – Logan Pleninger, HHS won by forfeit; 112 – Grayson Brenna, HHS dec. Riley Wavra, 12-6; 119 - Dylan Stewart, HHS pinned Kooper Marquart, 2:40; 125 – Tanner Farren, CMR won by forfeit; 130 – Thomas Gruber, HHS pinned Justin Meyer, 2:25; 135 – Jesse Johnson, CMR dec. Gilbert Bara, 4-2; 140 – Kody Pribyl, HHS pinned Mitch Brown, 1:54; 145 – Jared Dickson, CMR pinned Gunnar Aageson 2:37; 152 – Jake Marmon, CMR dec. Kage Hansen, 14-7; 160 – Payton Sexe, CMR dec. David Borris, 10-3; 171 – Jake Williams, HHS dec. Travis Brugman, 9-4; 189 – Grant Pattison, HHS pinned Jacari Murphy, :44; 215 – Tyler Adams, HHS won by forfeit; HWT – Dustin Odegard, HHS, pinned Zach Warneke, :24.