CMR's Noah Danielson shoots on Havre's Dustin Odegard during Tuesday's dual in the CMR Fieldhouse. / TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS
The Havre Blue Ponies beat up on many fine wrestling teams these days, as talented athlete Payton Sexe is only too well aware.
But Tuesday night the C.M. Russell High junior was determined to turn the tables against his Pony adversary. And sure enough, it was a horse of a different color.
“He’s beat me three times this year,” said Sexe of his 195-pound Havre foe, Jace Billy. “This is my first win over him and it feels pretty good.”
Sexe’s 8-4 victory helped the Rustlers post a 42-39 victory over the powerful Ponies Tuesday before an enthusiastic crowd at CMR Fieldhouse.
While Havre has won eight State A team championships under highly successful coach Scott Filius and is top-ranked again this winter, the Rustlers proved superior this night. There was plenty of enthusiasm on the CMR sideline all right.
“It feels awesome,” Sexe said. “We wrestled to win instead of wrestling to just be out there and hang with them.”
Other winners for CMR included Devin Altenberg (98 pounds), Isiah Yates (145), Jared Dickson (152), Nick Grassechi (160), Noah Danielson (182) and Nick Nordell (220). Altenberg, Yates, Dickson, Grassechi and Nordell earned pins.
Havre’s victorious wrestlers included Logan Pleninger (113), Grayson Brenna (120), Dylan Stewart (126), Thomas Gruber (132), Parker Filius (138), Jacob Williams (170) and Tyler Adams (Hwt). Prevailing by pin were Pleninger, Brenna, Stewart, Gruber, Filius and Adams.
Sexe’s triumph gave the Rustlers a three-point lead with two matches remaining. Billy has had the upper hand all season in the match-up.
“I just wrestled my match,” Sexe said. “Before I was timid. That’s kinda how I’ve been all year. The last couple of weeks I’ve just opened it up and it’s worked great.”
Danielson’s 6-5 victory at 182 over Havre’s Dustin Odegard was another one that previously had gone against the Rustlers. It tied the team score.
“That was a tough barn-burner and we pulled it out,” said CMR head coach Aaron Jensen.
And then, following Sexe’s victory, Nordell’s pin at 220 clinched it for the Rustlers.
“We had to get a win and we had to get bonus points to seal it,” Jensen said. “Nordell came up big for us.”
It provided one of the highlights of the season for the improving Rustlers.
“To win against a really quality team this late in the season is good for our confidence,” said Jensen. “We turned around some matches that went against us previously, so that’s good too.”
The Ponies were not quite at full strength. Star Keegan Kennelly, Class A’s top-ranked 106-pounder, didn’t wrestle, resulting in a forfeit for Russell.
“I had two guys out, but we didn’t wrestle well enough to get it done anyway,” said Havre coach Scott Filius. “CMR wrestled well. They turned around a couple matches, and that’s a credit to them.
“We can say we left guys home, but if they turn around matches and we lose by three, that’s on us.”
The Rustlers and Great Falls High Bison return to the mat on Saturday at the old GFH gymnasium. All three public school teams from Missoula are scheduled to bring teams to town, but Jensen said only Big Sky has agreed to make the trip. The wrestling will begin at noon.
CMR 42, Havre 39
98—Devin Altenberg, CMR, pinned Tate Munyan, 1:22; 106—Noah Doney, CMR, won by forfeit; 113—Logan Pleninger, Havre, pinned Gavin Martin, :28; 120—Grayson Brenna, Havre, pinned Tanner Tovson, 1:01; 126—Dylan Stewart, Havre, pinned David Bennyhoff, :28; 132—Thomas Gruber, Havre, pinned Tanner Grubb, 5:05; 138—Parker Filius, Havre, pinned Chase Marmon, 5:35; 145—Isiah Yates, CMR, pinned Kody Pribyl, 3:02; 152—Jared Dickson, CMR, pinned Jase Stokes, 3:30; 160—Nick Grassechi, CMR, pinned Jared Laux, 4:05; 170—Jacob Williams, Havre, dec. Travis Brugman, 7-1; 182—Noah Danielson, CMR, dec. Dustin Odegard, 6-5; 195—Payton Sexe, CMR, dec. Jace Billy, 8-4; 220—Nick Nordell, CMR, pinned John Chinadle, 3:52; Hwt—Tyler Adams, Havre, pinned KJ Klingaman, 1:25
Miles City quad
Billings Central 42, Miles City 39
98 -- Open. 106 -- Ethan Schaff, MC, won by forfeit. 113 – Peyton Negathon, MC, won by forfeit. 120 -- Zach Wall, BC, p. Brandon Blumhagen, :18. 126 -- Haven Maged, MC, won by forfeit. 132 -- Torrey Watts, MC, p. Dylan Neutgens, 5:09. 138 -- Pat Comstock, BC, won by forfeit. 145 -- Matt Kale, BC, p. Sergio Salcido, 2:58. 152 -- Wyatt Smith, MC, won by forfeit. 160 -- Josh Sundgren, MC, d. Dean Studer. 170 -- Lyn Cooper, BC, p. Bryan Brush, 1:50. 182 -- Lane Giovanetti, MC, won by forfeit. 195 -- Dayton Cogdill, BC, won by forfeit. 220 – Braden Watson, BC, d. Caid Dickman, 16-9. Hwt -- Weston Marsh, BC, won by forfeit.
Laurel 66, Miles City 12
98 -- Abi Gontarek, L, won by forfeit. 106 -- Ethan Schaff, MC, won by forfeit. 113 -- Jordan Shovar, L, p. Peyton Negathon, 1:20. 120 -- Clayton Carter, L, p. Brandon Blumhagen, 1:00. 126 -- Connor Ludwig, L, d. Haven Maged, 7-1. 132 -- R.J. Gill, L, d. Torrey Watts, 12-10. 138 -- Brett McBurney, L, won by forfeit. 145 -- Tanner Branstetter, L, d. Sergio Salcido, 6-2; 152 -- John Preller, L, p. Wyatt Smith, 1:45. 160 -- Kyle Cannon, L, p. Josh Sundgren, 5:48. 171 -- Jon Jares, L, p. Bryan Brush, 2:19. 182 -- Kyle Howe, L, p. Lane Giovanetti, 3:18. 195 -- Open. 220 -- Caid Dickman, MC, won by forfeit. Hwt -- Brandon Connelly, L, won by forfeit.
Sidney 67, Laurel 15
98 -- Abi Gontarek, L, won by forfeit. 106 -- Wyatt Van Buren, Sid, won by forfeit. 113 -- Trace Jones, Sid, p. Jordan Shovar, 2:39. 120 -- Clayton Carter, L, p. Casey Christian, 1:13. 126 -- Ethan Graves, Sid, p. Connor Ludwig, 3:41. 132 -- Parker Dean, Sid, d. R.J. Gill, 11-10. 138 -- Jordan Stevens, Sid, p. Brett McBurney, :14. 145 -- Ryan Chatterton, Sid, p. Tanner Branstetter, 1:57. 152 -- John Preller, L, d. Doug Rooney, 10-7. 160 -- Cody Johnson, Sid, p. Kyle Cannon, 3:20. 170 -- Cody Christian, Sid, p. Jon Jares, 1:09. 182 -- Dace Fisher, Sid, p. Kyle Howe, :59. 195 -- Garrett Darby, Sid, won by forfeit. 220 -- Hunter Severson, Sid, won by forfeit. Hwt -- Christian Gomez, Sid, md. Brandon Connelly, 16-4.
Sidney 74, Billings Central 6
98 -- Open. 106 -- Wyatt Van Buren, Sid, won by forfeit. 113 -- Trace Jones, Sid, won by forfeit. 120 -- Gresh Jones, Sid, d. Zach Wall, 4-1. 126 -- Ethan Graves, Sid, won by forfeit. 132 -- Layne Schafer, Sid, p. Dylan Neutgens, 3:36. 138 -- Jordan Stevens, Sid, p. Pat Comstock, :50. 145 -- Ryan Chatterton, Sid, p. Matt Kale, 3:09. 152 -- Doug Rooney, Sid, won by forfeit. 160 -- Cody Johnson, Sid, p. Dean Studer, 2:21. 170 -- Cody Christian, Sid, p. Lyn Cooper, 2:51. 182 -- Dace Fisher, Sid, won by forfeit. 195 -- Dayton Cogdill, BC, p. Garrett Darby, 2:46. 220 -- Hunter Severson, Sid, p. Braden Watson, 4:49. Hwt -- Christian Gomez, Sid, p. Weston Marsh, 4:39.