Laurel wins first State wrestling trophy in 9 years

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Back row from left: Assistant Coach Ryan Mayes, Aiden Winder, Assistant Coach Mark Verlanic, Ashton Ulschak, Owen Younger, Cole Younger, Conner Ulschak, Cam Johnson, Dylan Wombolt, Kade Wersland, Manager Mazie Hill, and Assistant Coach Mark Cloud. Second row from left: Noah Michaelson, Tyler Emineth, John Herr, Nate Hill, Manager Madie Hill, Peyton Waldo and Head Coach Ted Hill. In front: Gabe Hernandez. Photo courtesy Wendi Michaelson

Back row from left: Assistant Coach Ryan Mayes, Aiden Winder, Assistant Coach Mark Verlanic, Ashton Ulschak, Owen Younger, Cole Younger, Conner Ulschak, Cam Johnson, Dylan Wombolt, Kade Wersland, Manager Mazie Hill, and Assistant Coach Mark Cloud. Second row from left: Noah Michaelson, Tyler Emineth, John Herr, Nate Hill, Manager Madie Hill, Peyton Waldo and Head Coach Ted Hill. In front: Gabe Hernandez. Photo courtesy Wendi Michaelson

Last weekend at Miles City the Loco grapplers took 2nd place out of 22 Class A teams at the State Championship and brought home LHS’s first trophy since they were runner–up in 2012 (they won the State title in 2011).

In addition they had 10 members on the team place in the top–6 individually, led by Tyler Emineth (152#) and Connor Ulschak (205#) who took 2nd, and Aiden Winder who pinned his Frenchtown opponent in the 3rd place match in the 145 lb. division. Ashton Ulschak (120#), Camden Johnson (160#), Cole Younger (170#) and Gabe Hernandez (#285) each took 4th. Johnathan Herr (126#), Kade Wersland (132#) and Owen Younger (138#) rounded out the top finishers by placing 6th.

Head Coach Ted Hill said, “Laurel wrestlers had 29 pins, the most pins of the other teams at the State tournament. That was the difference between the 3rd and 4th place teams. Our wrestlers were the “perfect storm” on Saturday winning 9 of 11 matches to advance wrestlers in the placing rounds. Several wrestlers beat and pinned opponents that had beat them several times throughout the year. Our team definitely peaked at the right time.”

 

Team results:

Sidney 326.5, Laurel 188, Lewistown 182.5, Frenchtown 162.5, Miles City 127, Havre 87, Columbia Falls 82.5, Glendive 82, Livingston-Big Timber 60, Browning 54.5, Libby 54, Corvallis 46, Polson 40, Hardin 39, Dillon 32, Whitefish 29, Lockwood 27, Ronan 26, Hamilton 24, Billings Central/Joliet 8, Stevensville 7, East Helena 0

 

Individual results: 103: Dylan Wombolt (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Dylan Wombolt (Laurel) over Cash Byrd (Columbia Falls) (Fall 0:32)

Quarterfinals - Caleb Smith (Custer Co. (Miles City)) over Dylan Wombolt (Laurel) (Fall 4:44)

Cons. Round 2 - Dylan Wombolt (Laurel) over Ruben Baisch (Billings Central) (Fall 1:51)

Cons. Round 3 - Chris Hall (Browning) over Dylan Wombolt (Laurel) (TF 16-1 4:07)

 

113: Peyton Waldo (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Nathan Sproul (Whitefish) over Peyton Waldo (Laurel) (Dec 8-5)

Cons. Round 1 - Peyton Waldo (Laurel) over Xavier Reatz (Libby / Troy) (Fall 4:17)

Cons. Round 2 - Beau Contreraz (Park / Sweet Grass Co) over Peyton Waldo (Laurel) (Dec 6-4)

 

120: Levi Nunberg (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Gavin Bauman (Frenchtown) over Levi Nunberg (Laurel) (Fall 5:07)

Cons. Round 1 - Levi Nunberg (Laurel) over Payton Gaskins (Custer Co. (Miles City)) (Fall 3:08)

Cons. Round 2 - Kolby Hutzenbiler (Sidney / Fairview) over Levi Nunberg (Laurel) (Fall 3:28)

 

120: Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) - 4th

Champ. Round 1 - Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) over Cael Schwindt (Libby / Troy) (Fall 1:43)

Quarterfinals - Wyatt Mager (Fergus (Lewistown)) over Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) (Fall 3:06)

Cons. Round 2 - Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) over Josiah Kilman (Columbia Falls) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 3 - Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) over Gavin Bauman (Frenchtown) (Fall 2:03)

Cons. Semis - Ashton Ulschak (Lau

Cons. Semis - Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) over Jesse Anson (Hamilton / Darby) (Dec 8-6)

3rd Place Match - Kolby Hutzenbiler (Sidney / Fairview) over Ashton Ulschak (Laurel) (Dec 4-3)

126: Johnathan Herr (Laurel) - 6th

Champ. Round 1 - Johnathan Herr (Laurel) over Orion Barta (Columbia Falls) (Fall 2:59)

Quarterfinals - Justin Windauer (Columbia Falls) over Johnathan Herr (Laurel) (TF 17-2 3:12)

Cons. Round 2 - Johnathan Herr (Laurel) over Nic Blanchard (Frenchtown) (Fall 3:39)

Cons. Round 3 - Johnathan Herr (Laurel) over Gavin Knutson (Polson) (Fall 4:42)

Cons. Semis - Noah Huffaker (Beaverhead Co. (Dillon) / Twin Bridges / Sheridan) over Johnathan Herr (Laurel) (MD 21-8)

5th Place Match - Maysn Cowell (Polson) over Johnathan Herr (Laurel) (Dec 9-3)

 

126: Noah Michaelson (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Noah Huffaker (Beaverhead Co. (Dillon) / Twin Bridges / Sheridan) over Noah Michaelson (Laurel) (Fall 1:10)

Cons. Round 1 - Gavin Knutson (Polson) over Noah Michaelson (Laurel) (Fall 2:22)

 

132: Kade Wersland (Laurel) - 6th

Champ. Round 1 - Kade Wersland (Laurel) over Zack Morrison (Libby / Troy) (For.)

Quarterfinals - Kade Wersland (Laurel) over Beaudean Decker (Ronan) (Dec 4-2)

Semifinals - Cooper Birdwell (Fergus (Lewistown)) over Kade Wersland (Laurel) (Fall 1:42)

Cons. Semis - Currey Brown (Custer Co. (Miles City)) over Kade Wersland (Laurel) (Fall 4:26)

5th Place Match - Quenton Campos (Browning) over Kade Wersland (Laurel) (Fall 3:49)

 

138: Owen Younger (Laurel) - 6th

Champ. Round 1 - Owen Younger (Laurel) over Brad McLean (Frenchtown) (Fall 2:16)

Quarterfinals - Jordan Darby (Sidney / Fairview) over Owen Younger (Laurel) (Fall 3:22)

Cons. Round 2 - Owen Younger (Laurel) over Riley Pleninger (Havre) (Fall 4:47)

Cons. Round 3 - Owen Younger (Laurel) over Landon Bishop (Ronan) (Fall 4:59)

Cons. Semis - John Warner (Frenchtown) over Owen Younger (Laurel) (MD 8-0)

5th Place Match - Jordan Darby (Sidney / Fairview) over Owen Younger (Laurel) (MD 10-2)

 

145: Nathaniel Hill (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Zane Martin (Frenchtown) over Nathaniel Hill (Laurel) (Fall 3:31)

Cons. Round 1 - Nathaniel Hill (Laurel) over Jack Akey (Whitefish) (Fall 1:36)

Cons. Round 2 - Wyatt Elam (Fergus (Lewistown)) over Nathaniel Hill (Laurel) (Fall 3:44)

 

145: Aden Winder (Laurel) - 3rd

Champ. Round 1 - Aden Winder (Laurel) over David Sharp (Browning) (Fall 1:59)

Quarterfinals - Daimian Leidholt (Custer Co. (Miles City)) over Aden Winder (Laurel) (MD 11-2)

Cons. Round 2 - Aden Winder (Laurel) over Caleb Cheff (Ronan) (Dec 6-4)

Cons. Round 3 - Aden Winder (Laurel) over Kendall Pleninger (Havre) (Fall 2:55)

Cons. Semis - Aden Winder (Laurel) over Cody Harrington (Dawson County) (Fall 1:42)

3rd Place Match - Aden Winder (Laurel) over Zane Martin (Frenchtown) (Fall 2:24)

 

152: Tyler Emineth (Laurel) - 2nd

Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Emineth (Laurel) over Joey Wise (Libby / Troy) (Fall 3:58)

Quarterfinals - Tyler Emineth (Laurel) over Smokey Stoker (Frenchtown) (TF 19-3 4:06)

Semifinals - Tyler Emineth (Laurel) over Cody Crace (Libby / Troy) (TF 16-1 4:52)

1st Place Match - Aden Graves (Sidney / Fairview) over Tyler Emineth (Laurel) (Fall 3:13)

 

160: Camden Johnson (Laurel) - 4th

Champ. Round 1 - Camden Johnson (Laurel) over Aaron Springer (Stevensville / Victor) (Fall 0:53)

Quarterfinals - Cade Gubler (Park (Livingston)) over Camden Johnson (Laurel) (Dec 5-3)

Cons. Round 2 - Camden Johnson (Laurel) over Jett Boyce (Fergus (Lewistown)) (Fall 2:35)

Cons. Round 3 - Camden Johnson (Laurel) over Rylee Creasey (Whitefish) (Fall 3:35)

Cons. Semis - Camden Johnson (Laurel) over Gavin McLean (Frenchtown) (Dec 8-4)

3rd Place Match - Lucas Thacker (Columbia Falls) over Camden Johnson (Laurel) (Dec 8-7)

 

170: Cole Younger (Laurel) - 4th

Champ. Round 1 - Cole Younger (Laurel) over Rowdy White (Columbia Falls) (Fall 1:43)

Quarterfinals - Dylan Lutz (Sidney / Fairview) over Cole Younger (Laurel) (Dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 2 - Cole Younger (Laurel) over Zhane Jenkins (Libby / Troy) (Fall 2:47)

Cons. Round 3 - Cole Younger (Laurel) over Camren Ross (Whitefish) (SV-1 7-5)

Cons. Semis - Cole Younger (Laurel) over Noah Rausch (Frenchtown) (Dec 3-0)

3rd Place Match - Dylan Lutz (Sidney / Fairview) over Cole Younger (Laurel) (Dec 9-2)

 

182: Nathan Lewis (Laurel) - DNP

Champ. Round 1 - Josh Bertram (Columbia Falls) over Nathan Lewis (Laurel) (Fall 1:06)

Cons. Round 1 - Hesston Hinebauch (Park / Sweet Grass Co) over Nathan Lewis (Laurel) (MD 11-1)

 

205: Connor Ulschak (Laurel) - 2nd

Champ. Round 1 - Connor Ulschak (Laurel) over Waylon Bull Calf (Browning) (Fall 1:52)

Quarterfinals - Connor Ulschak (Laurel) over Derrick Saltzman (Hamilton / Darby) (Fall 2:43)

Semifinals - Connor Ulschak (Laurel) over Brendyn Whiteman (Browning) (Dec 7-6)

1st Place Match - Riley Waters (Sidney / Fairview) over Connor Ulschak (Laurel) (Fall 0:51)

 

285: Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) - 4th

Champ. Round 1 - Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) over Jesse LittleBoy (Ronan) (Fall 3:09)

Quarterfinals - Brodey Skogen (Sidney / Fairview) over Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) (Dec 6-1)

Cons. Round 2 - Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) over Max Morency (Ronan) (Fall 1:23)

Cons. Round 3 - Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) over Brian Sweeney (Whitefish) (Fall 1:16)

Cons. Semis - Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) over Aydan Williamson (Libby / Troy) (Fall 1:58)

3rd Place Match - Dylan Morris (Fergus (Lewistown)) over Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) (Dec 3-2)

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