MatCats win in Polson, 15th in Missoula

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The MatCats picked up a win in Polson Thursday as they outdueled the Pirates in a dual, 42-30.

Five of the Cats’ wins came via pin as Austin Nelson (120), Jason Dobson (145), Colton McPhee (182) and Jakob Freeman (205) all pinned their opponents.

Two of the Cats’ pins came in less than two minutes as Freeman pinned Jasper Drake in 1:06 while McPhee pinned Noah Humphrey in 1:56.

The closest match of the evening was between Columbia Falls wrester Ben Windauer and Polson’s Hunter Fritsch in the 170-pound division. Windauer narrowly picked the victory via a 7-6 decision.

Ayden Role defeated Polson’s Jarod Farrier, 3-0, in another close match at 138.

The MatCats were in action again Friday and Saturday as they wrestled at the Rocky Mountain Classic in Missoula, where Columbia Falls finished 15th.

Windauer had the top finish for the Cats, coming in third and getting all three of his wins via pins that took less than two minutes.

The Cats had two other wrestlers in the championship round as McPhee (182) fell to University’s Reed KIannapien via major decision, 9-1, in the fifth-place match and Freeman (205) dropped a fifth-place decision against Capital’s Seth Jensen, 9-7.

The MatCats will be back in action Friday and Saturday in Belgrade.

Columbia Falls 42, Polson 30

103 — Maysn Cowell, P, won by forfeit; 113 — Rene Pierre, P, pinned Garret Salminen, 2:32; 120 — Austin Nelson, CF, pinned Mateo Quinones, 5:24; 126 — Kedrick Baker, P, won by forfeit; 132 — Bridger Wenzel, P, pinned Brandon Thomas, 5:59; 138 — Ayden Role, CF, dec. Jarod Farrier, 3-0; 145 — Jason Dobson, CF, pinned Caleb Pierre, 3:24; 152 — Parker Adler, P, pinned Nathan Hader, 3:13; 160 — Braydon Stone, CF, pinned Garrett Croft, 5:22; 170 — Ben Windauer, CF, dec. Hunter Fritsch, 7-6; 182 — Colton McPhee, CF, pinned Noah Humphrey, 1:56; 205 — Jakob Freeman, CF, pinned Jasper Drake, 1:06; 285 — Taylor Gladeau, CF, won by forfeit.

Rocky Mountain Classic

First Round

113 — Trevin Welzien, MBS, p. Garret Salminen, CFS, 0:50; 120 — Austin Nelson, CFS, p. Cole Anson, HAM, 3:00; 138 — Ayden Role, CFS, p. Eric Gavin, UHI, 5:08; 145 — Chance McLane, BOZ, p. Nathan Hader, CFS, 1:22; 160 — Braydon Stone, CFS, p. Caleb Cook, SUP, 0:25; 182 — Colton McPhee, CFS, TF-1.5 Kale Wanner, HAM, 15-0 (2:00); 285 — Trace Franks, MED, p. Taylor Gladaue, CFS, 3:06.

Second Round

120 — Zack Morrison, LIB, dec. Nelson, CFS, 10-8; 132 — Brandon Thomas, CFS, p. Nathan Dowdy, HAM, 1:00; 138 — Role, CFS, dec. Isaiah Kovalsky, SUP, 7-1; 160 — Max Hill, LEW, p. Stone, CFS, 2:51; 170 — Ben Windauer, CFS, p. Tyson Krahe, GFS, 1:06; 182 — McPhee, CFS, p. Gabe Van Orden, LIB, 0:53; 205 — Jakob Freeman, CFS, dec. Levi Downard, FTN, 9-4.

Quarterfinals

132 — John Mears, BEL, p. Thomas, CFS, 2:43; 138 — Russell Wienholz, GFH, TF-1.5 Role, CFS, 15-0 (4:15); 170 — Windauer, CFS, p. Chris Homen, FER, 1:33; 182 — McPhee, CFS, p. Tate Jones, FTN, 1:40; 205 — Seth Jensen, CAP, dec. Freeman, CFS, 12-5.

Championship Round

170 pounds

Third Place - Windauer, CFS, p. Hunter Fritsch, POL, 1:57

182 pounds

Fifth Place - Reed Kannapien, UHI, maj. dec. McPhee, CFS, 9-1

205 pounds

Fifth Place - Seth Jensen, CAP, SV-1 Freeman, CFS, 9-7

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