Bulldog wrestlers open season at Owen Invitational

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Nathan Sproul battles it out during the Owen Invitational in Polson on Saturday. (Jeremy Weber/Hungry Horse News)

The Bulldogs wrestling team got its season underway at the Owen Invitational in Polson on Saturday.

Whitefish finished 15th overall but had some highlight performances.

Nathan Sproul went 2-2 for fourth place at 103, falling to Polson’s Masyn Cowell in the third place match.

Dakota Flannery at 138 also finished fourth.

Jack Eisenbarth and Nathan Buckley also made it to the second day of the tournament but couldn’t place.

Overall, head coach Ryan Boyle said he was happy with what he got out of his team so early on in the season.

“The matches that we lost there on that second day, we were right there with them,” he said. “A couple different things go our way and we’re talking about four placers instead of two.”

Missoula Sentinel, Frenchtown and Polson rounded out the top three overall finishes. Columbia Falls finished just behind at fourth.

The Bulldogs will host their next meet on Friday, the Triangular with Browning and Bigfork. That will start at 6 p.m.

The following day they’ll head to the Superior Invitational before competing in the Libby/Ronan Triangular in Libby on Tuesday.

As far as priorities in practice this week, Boyle said it’s all about getting his less-experienced wrestlers a variety of looks to better prepare them.

“We didn’t defend certain things really well. Part of that is we’re young and they haven’t seen it, and part is it’s the beginning of the year and we haven’t showed it in practice,” he said. “We’re just continuing to do what were doing, getting better at what were focusing on. We’re going to add a couple things here and there, but it;s not rocket science. Just knowing what we do well and sticking to that.”

Owen Invitational

Polson

03 - Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Caden Hess (Lake City High School) 2-1 won by fall over Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (Fall 1:34)

Cons. Round 2 - Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by fall over Logan Bratch (Hamilton High School) 0-2 (Fall 2:44)

Cons. Semi - Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by decision over Oliver Post (Florence High School) 1-2 (Dec 4-2)

3rd Place Match - Maysn Cowell (Polson High School) 3-1 won by fall over Nathan Sproul (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (Fall 0:28)

126 - Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Buckley (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by decision over wesley buchannen (Superior High School) 0-2 (Dec 3-2)

Quarterfinal - Nathan Buckley (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by fall over Cole Anson (Hamilton High School) 1-2 (Fall 3:40)

Semifinal - Dante Venema (Corvallis High School) 4-0 won by tech fall over Nathan Buckley (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (TF-1.5 4:29 (16-1))

Cons. Semi - Brayden Terzo (Hellgate High School) 4-2 won by decision over Nathan Buckley (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (Dec 4-0)

132 - Champ. Round 1 - Triston Davis (Corvallis High School) 4-1 won by fall over Sidney Cooke (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 1:21)

Cons. Round 1 - Cody Crace (Libby High School) 2-2 won by fall over Sidney Cooke (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 2:28)

138 - Champ. Round 1 - Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 won by fall over Randon Weidow (Corvallis High School) 0-2 (Fall 1:36)

Quarterfinal - Beau King (Sentinel High School) 4-1 won by fall over Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 (Fall 2:51)

Cons. Round 2 - Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 won by decision over Darwin Adams (Mission/Charlo High School) 1-2 (Dec 5-4)

Cons. Round 3 - Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 won by decision over Brandon Thomas (Columbia Falls High School) 2-2 (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Semi - Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 won by decision over Bridger Williams (Hamilton High School) 2-2 (Dec 8-3)

3rd Place Match - Beau King (Sentinel High School) 4-1 won by fall over Dakota Flannery (Whitefish High School) 4-2 (Fall 1:34)

145 - Prelim - Blake King (Frenchtown High School) 2-2 won by fall over Carlitos Bertelsen (Whitefish High School) 1-2 (Fall 5:10)

Prelim - Carlitos Bertelsen (Whitefish High School) 1-2 won by fall over thomas anderson (Superior High School) 0-2 (Fall 0:57)

Cons. Round 1 - Tanner Terzo (Hellgate High School) 1-2 won by major decision over Carlitos Bertelsen (Whitefish High School) 1-2 (MD 13-3)

152 - Champ. Round 1 - Jack Eisenbarth (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by fall over Caleb Pierre (Polson High School) 1-2 (Fall 3:38)

Quarterfinal - Luke Joy (Sentinel High School) 3-1 won by major decision over Jack Eisenbarth (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (MD 13-0)

Cons. Round 2 - Jack Eisenbarth (Whitefish High School) 2-2 won by fall over Gabriel Gates (Lake City High School) 1-2 (Fall 2:18)

Cons. Round 3 - Dustin Copeland (Hamilton High School) 3-2 won by decision over Jack Eisenbarth (Whitefish High School) 2-2 (Dec 9-7)

160 - Champ. Round 1 - James Fehr (Eureka High School) 3-2 won by major decision over Robert Bertelsen (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (MD 12-3)

Cons. Round 1 - Sam Ostwald (Thompson Falls High School) 3-2 won by major decision over Robert Bertelsen (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (MD 12-2)

170 - Champ. Round 1 - Tanner Wood (Libby High School) 3-2 won by fall over Aalec Pace (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 0:45)

Cons. Round 1 - Hyme Anderson (Hamilton High School) 1-2 won by fall over Aalec Pace (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 0:51)

285 - Champ. Round 1 - Jesse Mecham (Frenchtown High School) 2-2 won by fall over Keegan Wold (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 0:30)

Cons. Round 1 - Tyler Woods (Stevensville High School) 2-2 won by fall over Keegan Wold (Whitefish High School) 0-2 (Fall 0:43)

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