Written by John Plestina
The three Wolves that qualified for the Class B-C State Wrestling Tournament all had a great weekend in Billings, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14.
Junior David Knerr, who wrestled in the 205-pound weight class, opened his tournament by wrestling the No. 1 ranked wrestler in Class B, Eli Hohn, who ended up winning the state championship, but Knerr had him on his back twice and couldn’t quite hold him for a pin call either time. Hohn ended up pinning Knerr in the third period.
“David wrestled maybe his best match all season in that match,” head coach Bruce Knerr said.
In his second match, Knerr ended up pinning a wrestler from Lincoln County [Eureka] in the first period to advance and score team points for the Wolves. In his third match on Friday, Knerr drew a Choteau wrestler who also was wrestling to stay alive in the tourney. Knerr wrestled well and was trailing 6-2 when he was pinned in the third period.
“David set a goal to get to state, then he added winning at least one match for the weekend. I am very proud of him. He wrestled his strongest tournament at the best time against the best in the state,” Knerr said.
Freshman Quinn Whitmus started his tournament by pinning a wrestler from Shelby to advance to the quarterfinals and score team points. He wrestled a No. 1 seed from Ronan who ended up placing. Whitmus wrestled him tough and close, and ended up losing by points. Whitmus wrestled for a third time Friday and won for the second time, advancing with the chance to place at state.
“Saturday morning, he dropped a heartbreaker in his valiant effort to advance and bring home a state metal,” Knerr said. “Quinn wrestled so well this weekend, he ended up being ranked in the Top 8 in his weight class. Not too bad for a freshman.”
Senior Slade Martinez had the best weekend of all the Wolf Point wrestlers. He opened up the state tournament, pinning his opponent in the first period of the first match. He then wrestled a No. 1 seed from the Western Division and beat him 8-2 to advance to the semifinals, a guarantee of him placing Top 6 in the tournament and the opportunity to advance. Saturday morning, he wrestled the No. 1 state ranked wrestler who was 40-2. Martinez had lost to him at Choteau.
“Slade wrestled well but came up short and dropped back to the consolation semifinals,” Knerr said.
Martinez dominated the Huntley wrestler that beat him at divisionals to get into the championships.
“Slade was in total control and showed him no mercy,” Knerr said.
By winning that match, Martinez advanced to the consolation finals in a rematch with the Thompson Falls wrestler and he totally dominating him, earning the third place spot on the podium.
Knerr said the Wolves had three goals for the state tournament and accomplished two of the three, and came up just short of that third one.
The Wolves finished in 23rd place out of 42 with 25 team points. Wolf Point had entered the tournament wanting to finish in the top 20.
Glasgow finished 16th with 38 pints and Poplar was 34th with five points.
The three wrestlers combined for seven wins.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them for all their efforts,” Knerr said.
Poplar’s Angel Boyd  lost by a decision in the consolation quarterfinals.
Written by John Plestina
Shooting 54 percent in Baker, Friday, Feb. 6, the Wolves snapped an six-game losing streak.
The Wolves reversed an early Baker lead with a 9-0 run. By the third stanza, Wolf Point enjoyed an 18-point lead. The point spread narrowed to 10 points by the final quarter break. The Wolves won 56-51, for the second win over Baker this year.
The Wolves lost on free throws, 40-38, to Glendive at Wolf Point, Saturday, Feb. 7.
The Lady Wolves also took a second win from Baker with 13-4 and 22-9 leads after the first two quarters. Wolf Point finished with a 24-point, 50-26 blowout of the Spartans and then lost a close game at Glendive.
Glendive 45, WPHS 42
Glendive 11 7 11 16―45
WPHS 14 5 9 14―42
Teia Knutson 10, Lexi Pettersen 6, Wyniah Mintz 10, Sara Hilbert 5, Steph Carney 6, Karrie Nagle 8.
Shelby Hanks 7, Mariah Weeks 3, Emma Gourneau 16, Ky’Lee Driftwood 6, Mahala Shawl 10.
Wolf Point 50, Baker 26
WPHS 13 9 12 16―50
Baker 4 5 3 14―26
Mahala Shawl 11, Emma Gourneau 10, Ky’Lee Driftwood 9, Shelby Hanks 8, Jessica Bauer 4, Brenna Kurokawa 4, Loverty Lindsay 2, Mariah Weeks 2.
Madison Reddick 7, Lauren Wang 5, Kylie Hadley 4, Solenn Jacobsen 4, Karlee Murnion 2, Cheyenne Perry 2, Taylyn Koenig 2.
Wolf Point 56, Baker 51
WPHS 11 14 16 15―56
Baker 7 7 14 23―51
Dalton Hafner 10, Trevor Hamilton 6, Markell Blount 2, Hayden Hanks 8, Josh Nieskens 10, Owen Lepper 5, Tyson Bridges 15.
Dallas Arnell 13, Joe Fisher 3, Nic Bohle 2, Luke Gonsioroski 3, Seth Barkley 6, Brady Varner 16, Clint Lesh 6, Matt Packer 2.
Written by John Plestina
Three Wolves and one Indian will advance to the state wrestling tournament at the Metra in Billings, this coming weekend as Wolf Point finished seventh and Poplar ninth in team scores at the Eastern B-C divisional tournament in Shepherd, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7.
Colstrip finished first and Forsyth second. Glasgow finished fifth and Circle was eighth.
The top four individuals in each weight class advance to the state tournament in Billings, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14.
Advancing to state for Wolf Point: Slade Martinez, senior, 103-pound weight class; freshman Quinn Whitmus, 113; and junior David Knerr, 205.
Poplar’s Angel Boyd  advances.
“The guys all did great we had three other boys place in the top six,” Wolf Point head coach Bruce Knerr said.
Senior Ty Nygard  finished fifth, freshman Jeremiah Paine  took fifth and sophomore Brandin Kolski took sixth.
Martinez and Whitmus both drew first round matches against northern division wrestlers they have both beat during the season at Cut Bank and Choteau.
Knerr said he believes the Wolf Point wrestlers have an excellent chance at early success at the state tournament.
He said his son David has a little tougher draw by getting the No. 1 ranked 205-pound Class B wrestler from Townsend.
“The boys are going to give a great effort and lay it all on the line this weekend and do Wolf Point proud,” Knerr said.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolves and Lady Wolves dropped District 2B conference games to Malta at Wolf Point, Saturday, Jan. 31. The Lady Wolves fell 69-42. The Malta boys won 72-26.
The Wolves dropped a non-conference game to Class A Sidney 61-47 at home Thursday, Jan. 29. The Lady Wolves rolled past Sidney 50-38, in the non-conference tilt.
The Lady Wolves (6-2, 11-3) are in sole possession of second place in District 2B, behind undefeated Malta. Both of the WPHS girls conference losses were to Malta.
The Wolves (4-4, 6-8) are in third place behind Glasgow and Malta.
The Lady Wolves held a 5-0 lead over Malta early in the first quarter. Malta came back and tied the game at 9-9 at the first quarter break. From then on, it was Malta’s game, leading 35-21 at halftime and winning by 27 points.
“Our whole problem is inconsistency. We can’t maintain that level yet,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said.
“Our passing, our bad passes; they [Malta] turned them into lay-ups,” he said.
Of the win over Class A Sidney, Neubauer said, “That was a really good win. Sidney is a quality team. We shot well. We ran the floor. It’s always good to go into one of those Class A schools and win.”
The Lady Wolves play Class A Dawson at Glendive, Thursday, Feb. 5. The Wolves and Lady Wolves play at Baker Friday, Feb. 6. The Wolves host Dawson for a boys only game Saturday, Feb. 7.
WPHS 50, Sidney 38
WPHS 12 16 12 10―50
Sidney 3 10 16 9―38
Ky’Lee Driftwood 16, Emma Gourneau 10, Mahala Shawl 6, Mariah Weeks 5, Mattia Black Eagle 4, Ashtyn Hentges 4, Shelby Hanks 3, Jessica Bauer 2.
Hailey Steinbeisser 13, Kortney Mayer 12, LaKayla Nentwig 4, LaTasha Weiferich 4, Ciara Sinks 3, Madison Thiessen 2.
Sidney 61, WPHS 47
WPHS 11 6 21 9―47
Sidney 16 12 22 11―61
Brady Babb 3, Dalton Hafner 11, Trevor Hamilton 9, Josh Nieskens 8, Tyson Bridges 16
Malta 69, WPHS 42
Malta 9 26 18 16―69
WPHS 9 12 10 11―42
Marley Manoukian 2, Sophia Stiles 28, Markelle Lett 8, Hailey Nicholson 6, Jada Nicholson 16, Kelsey Kuehn 2, Rebecca Smith 2, Darby Schye 2.
Shelby Hanks 8, Mariah Weeks 6, Aubrey Zilkoski 2, Emma Gourneau 7, Ashtyn Hentges 2, Ky’Lee Driftwood 12, Mahala Shawl 5.
Malta 72, WPHS 26
Malta 24 29 11 8―72
WPHS 8 1 12 5―26
Nate Costin 14, Jase Galt 13, Tyson Carney 9, Jeremy Costin 9, Allen Williamson 17, Jace Bishop 2, Blake Sjostrom 2, Ostin Welch 2, Devon Raybon 4.
Aaron D’Ambrosio 3, Dalton Hafner 2, Trevor Hamilton 6, Markell Blount 6, Hayden Hanks 4, Tyson Bridges 5.
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Wolf Point senior wrestler Slade Martinez is honored with his parents Chris Martinez and Stacey DeWitt for wrestling senior night during halftime of the boys’ basketball game Thursday, Jan. 29. (Photo by John Plestina)