Seeley Swan Pathfinder
April 9, 1998
This past weekend the Seeley Lake Wrestling Club competed in the 1998 USAW State Freestyle Championships in Butte, MT. There were close to 900 wrestlers competing from all around the state of Montana. There were 24 kids competing from Seeley Lake, which is the most ever taken to a state tournament. Overall, the team didn't do as well as expected, but the kids all wrestled hard.
Josh Peterson came through once again like a champion! He pinned all his opponents to become the Midget 110 pound 1998 USAW State Freestyle Champion, completing a clean sweep of all three State Championships this year, Greco, AAU and USAW. This is an incredible feat that isn't done by many wrestlers.
Cody Hard and Joe Moderie also wrestled great, but fell a little short. Cody lost a tough 11-10 decision to the champion and finished with a bronze. Joe finished just out of the medals in fourth. Kyle Darrow also wrestled great, finishing in fifth place. That's pretty good considering all three are at the bottom of their age groups and compete with kids older than they are. Colton Dunlap, who has been wrestling great the second half of the season, hit some bad luck. He broke his collarbone in his first match. All the coaches and wrestlers wish him a healthy and quick recovery.
This week's final results:
State Champ - Josh Peterson
Third Place - Joe Moderie
Fifth Place - Kyle Darrow
Seventh Place - Justin Evert
Eighth Place - Steven Bergeson
Honorable Mention - Tyle Cahoon, Levi Cahoon, Zane Ferdinand, Catalina Parcell, Devin Hines, Jessie Swigert, Colton Dunlap, Eric Ferdinand, Eric Stephenson, Stephen Maciag, Jason Mudrow, Jessie Kessler, Canyon Parcell, Beau Maciag, Joel Cahoon, Rincon Parcell, Phillip Parker and Nick Evert.
This week's Quick Pin goes to Josh Peterson, who pinned his opponent in eight seconds.
This finishes the 1998 season. The Awards Banquet will be held on April 19.
Just a note: Former coach, Johnny Hallam, once again made the trip from Utah to watch the kids wrestle in State. It was great to see you John!
NOTE: A correction from last week's article, Joe Moderie pinned five opponents in 51 seconds or less, not 151 seconds, and Josh Peterson's Quick Pin was 10 seconds, not 110.