By Great Falls Tribune Staff â€¢ November 2, 2008
The state’s college wrestling spotlight shines squarely on the Electric City tonight as the powerful Boise State Broncos made a trip to town for dual matches against the host University of Great Falls Argos and the Montana State-Northern Lights.
“It’s very exciting to have Boise here, but we can’t get wrapped up in the emotion of it,” said UGF head coach Caleb Schaeffer. “It’s just another wrestling match.”
The Broncos are ranked ninth among NCAA Division I mat teams. Great Falls is fourth-ranked and the MSU-Northern Lights, led by new head coach Tyson Thivierge, are ranked 14th among NAIA squads.
The Lights meet Boise State at 5 as the action gets under way at McLaughlin Center. Then at about 6:30, the Argos take on the Broncos.
“We’re training for the end of year, but this will show us where we’re at in the beginning,” said Schaeffer, whose team has had a series of intrasquad competitions. “I thought we were going to be young and inexperienced, but I was quite wrong actually. I’m pretty impressed with our younger guys and their potential.”
Boise State has six wrestlers ranked among the top 10 at their weights, led by 184-pounder Kirk Smith (No. 6). Smith finished eighth at the NCAA Championships last year.
Smith will battle Northern sophomore Evan Hinebauch, a former Havre High superstar, in what is expected to be an exciting match. The Lights also have Corey Borges, an NAIA national champion last year, at 125 pounds.
Others in the Northern lineup include 141-pounder Beau LaSalle of Havre, 149-pounder Tay Todd of Bozeman and 165-pounder Colter Dimas of Poplar.
The UGF lineup features strength in the upper weights with Michael French (174), Alex Calvi (197) and Brad Fraser (Hwt). Others have emerged in recent weeks to give Schaeffer confidence.
“Jeremy Montang. I couldn’t be more happy with him,” Schaeffer said of the 149-pounder. “He’s been behind Ross Mosher and Wayne French and he’s proven he deserves to be right in the lineup.”
Mosher (157) is also expected to have a big season for the Argos.
Though Boise State is obviously a tough opponent, Schaeffer hopes to win his share of matches.
“Our goal is to compete at every weight class,” Schaeffer said. “If we could steal three matches from them it would be great. They’re No. 9 in the country and they’ve four of their 10 guys in the top 10. They’re going to be tough competition.”
The Argos haven’t been able to use their wrestling room at McLaughlin Center because a pipe broke and the facility was flooded. So Schaeffer has been drilling with his team at Great Falls High’s wrestling room.
The Great Falls High administration has been awesome,” Schaeffer said. “Everything’s not picture-perfect with our preseason training, but that’s the nature of the beast with our sport and I think it will only make us tougher.”
MSU-Northern vs. Boise State
125â€”Corey Borges, Northern, vs. Alan Bartelli
133â€”Colt Heger, Northern, vs. Andrew Hochstrasser
141â€”Beau LaSalle, Northern, vs. Brad Perry
149â€”Tay Todd, Northern, vs. Troy Walker
157â€”Mark Hobson or Jim Smith, Northern, vs. Adam Hall
165â€”Colter Dimas, Northern, vs. Tyler Sherfey
174â€”Tyler Roshau, Boise, will be unopposed
184â€”Evan Hinebauch, Northern, vs. Kirk Smith
197â€”Jonas Schenzel, Northern, vs. Ryan Allan
Hwtâ€”Robbie Shaw, Northern, vs. Chris Givens
Great Falls vs. Boise State
125â€”Kyle Middlemist, UGF, vs. Brian Owen
133â€”John Henderson, UGF, vs. Andrew Hochstrasser
141â€”Jason Costello, UGF, vs. Eli Hutchison
149â€”Jeremy Montang, UGF, vs. Nathaniel Holt
157â€”Ross Mosher, UGF, vs. Adam Hall
165â€”Jacob Butenhoff, UGF, vs. Kurt Swartz
174â€”Brendon DeCock, UGF, vs. Nate Lee
184â€”Michael French, UGF, vs. Kirk Smith
197â€”Alex Calvi, UGF, vs. Ryan Allan
Hwtâ€”Brad Fraser, UGF, vs. Nick Smith