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Grapplers wrestle Cyclops


February 22, 2018

The wrestling in Butte was so good, Thompson Falls youth grapplers decided to make a weekend of it in the Mining City.

Thompson Falls junior high coach Mike Thilmony accompanied seven local wrestlers to Butte last weekend for a pair of tournaments – the Mining City Middle School Tournament Saturday and the USA Wrestling-sanctioned Cyclops Tournament Sunday.

In other mat action, the Little Guy wrestling season also began locally at a tournament in Superior Saturday.

“It was a good weekend of wrestling,” Thilmony said. “Our kids in Butte did extremely well in both events.”

The middle school tourney and the Cyclops were both contested in the Butte Civic Center. The middle school tourney shared the floor with the Cyclops tourney for Beginners Saturday and the Cyclops had the whole place to themselves Sunday.

Thilmony said that with only four wrestlers – Elijah Ratliff (who won first in the Middle School-102 pound class), Brandon Fisher (second at MS-Heavyweight), Trae Thilmony (third at MS-106) and Max Hannum (sixth at MS-113) – the Thompson Falls contingent took twelfth in final team standings among the 35 teams competing in the middle school event Saturday.

Back on the mats Sunday for the Cyclops tourney, Trae Thilmony won second place in the Cadet-106 class, Ratliff placed third in the Schoolboy-102 division, Hannum did not place at Cadet-119 and Fisher did not wrestle because of an injury suffered the day before in the middle school tourney.

Also wrestling in the Cyclops, were the brother-sister duo of Hartleigh and Weston Block, who competed in the Peewee-45 and Bantam-53 weight classes. Lane Thilmony ended up withdrawing from the tourney due to illness.

Coach Thilmony said the wrestling action will continue this week for his junior high team with dates in Superior for a mixer Tuesday, and with the Frenchtown Middle School Duals Saturday. Separately, the Little Guy wrestlers, under the direction of Thompson Falls High School assistant coach Bob Thornhill, will participate in a tournament at Mission Saturday.


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