Manhattan and Three Forks’ wrestling teams had a strong showing over the weekend at the annual Whitehall Duals.
Both teams struggled a bit on Friday, but Manhattan finished with a 5-3 record at the two-day event, while the Wolves finished 2-5.
It was the first dual of any kind for the Tigers’ second-year program and they finished 1-3 on Friday. Eleven teams were seeded into the Silver Bracket on Saturday and Manhattan posted a 4-0 record.
“The kids wrestled much better on Saturday than on Friday. On Friday the duals we lost were because of a combination of us making mistakes with our hips and not staying in good position, and the fact that we have so many open weight classes,” Tigers coach Raymond Debruycker said. “Saturday we started to fix some of the mistakes made on Friday and wrestle more in an offensive way leading to us controlling the match as opposed to let our opponent dictate the pace of the match.”
Three Forks lost duals to Butte High JV, North Freemont (Idaho), and Anaconda on Friday.
“Friday (the) boys wrestled well,” Three Forks coach Nye Howey said. “Had some tough competition.”
The Wolves bounced back Saturday in the Silver Bracket to beat Helena Capital JV and Helena High JV, while losing to Powell County and Huntley Project JV.
“Had some really tough matches that they really worked through and they keep getting better day-by-day,” said Howey.
Individually, Manhattan was led by the effort of Coltin Siphikas. The transfer from Belgrade finished 9-1 on the weekend with nine pins.
“Coltin has been working on wrestling under control and being patient while maintaining the aggressive wrestling style we want to wrestle with,” said Debruycker.
Josiah Harrison also shined for the Tigers, finishing a combined 6-0 wrestling at 170 and 182 pounds.
“Josiah is a first year wrestler that is learning more and more every time he steps onto the mat,” said Debruycker. “He doesn’t make the same mistake twice and is learning how to attack and set things up instead of just reacting to what is being done.”
Garritt Weeda also saw action at 170 and 182 pounds, finishing 4-2 on the weekend, while Carson Butts went 6-4 at 160 pounds. Butts eclipsed his entire win total from a year ago at the tournament.
Forrest Fairbanks (138) and Cyrus Richardson (160) each posted winning records of 5-4 and 4-3, respectively.
“Jackson Bloomgren and Daniel Steiner both wrestled up in weight class for us this weekend so we could fill more weights,” noted Debruycker. “They were great teammates in doing so allowing us to not give up so many free points.”
Three Forks hosts its only home event Thursday, which will include the Tigers. Then Manhattan travels to Great Falls for a weekend tournament.