The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Whitehall Ledger 

Whitehall completes successful regular season, divisionals Saturday


February 5, 2020

Freshman Miles Hoerauf picked up a pin in his lone match at the Butte Central Mixer. Photo by Jennifer Hoerauf

After a successful regular season, the Whitehall High School wrestling team will move on to the postseason starting with Saturday's Southern B/C Divisional Tournament in Cascade.

Assistant Coach Steve Sacry said his team is looking forward to this week's event and next weekend at the State Tournament at the Metra Park in Billings.

"Our Southern division has several top-ranked teams, so Divisionals will be an exciting, competitive tournament. We have been working hard towards our goals and look forward to making them a reality," he said.

"We have competed in direct duals, competitive mixers, and large tournaments. In dual matches, Whitehall has an 11-2 record, both losses to Huntley Project, the number 2 ranked team in the state. We have also performed well in the mixers. In the tournaments we have competed against some of the top wrestlers from Class B, Class A, and AA schools, placing as a team in three of the tournaments. The wrestler's overall records are representative of their success. Even our new wrestlers can be proud of their performances," he said.


Whitehall competed twice last week at mixers in Townsend and at the Maroon Activity Center in Butte.

The Trojans opened the week Thursday with five wrestlers competing in Townsend. Sacry said it was good for his team to get a few more matches in and they finished with a 7-2 record.

Trentin Walker went 1-0, Karson Klapan was 1-1, Dane Hoover was 2-0, Tommy Emerson was 2-0 and Leo Scafani was 1-1.

Sacry said the team continued their solid performance at the Butte Central Mixer that also included Dillon and Butte High.

According to Sacry, Dane Hoover won both of his matches to end the week 4-0, and Michael Reiff went 2-0, beating two wrestlers from Butte High. Dawson Powers went 2-0 with pins over wrestlers from Butte High and Dillon. Mike Wilkinson scored a technical fall over a Butte High wrestler, and a pin over his competition from Dillon. Walker had three pins, two over wrestlers from Dillon and one over a Butte High opponent to finish his week 4-0. Kyle Denny had three matches, losing a close 8-6 battle against a wrestler from Dillon, winning 10-3 over another Dillon opponent, and falling 15-7 to a Butte High Wrestler. Leo Scafani defeated a wrestler from Butte Central and lost to his Dillon opponent. Emerson fell to wrestlers from Butte High and Butte Central to finish the week 2-2. Klapan fell to wrestlers from Dillon and Butte High. Riley Forcella pinned his competition from Dillon and Butte High. Miles Hoerauf had just one match but finished with a second period pin against a wrestler from Butte High.

Sacry said Gaten Wassberg started his night by wrestling the top Class A wrestler from Dillon, and after losing that match he bounced back with a pin. Sacry added Dallen Hoover continued to show his dominance with two pins.


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