Sidney/Fairview to Host Eagle Wrestling Tournament

The Sidney/Fairview wrestling team is holding their annual Eagle Wrestling Tournament Dec. 2 & 3. Wrestling action will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Friday will begin with all duals. There will be 10 mats running simultaneously. There will be six mats at the high school with top 16 seated teams and four mats at Central Elementary with the 15 lower seated teams. Championship duals will begin at 2:45 p.m. Friday with the first round of individual tournament beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday night. The individual tournament will continue beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with the championship starting at approximately 5 p.m.

Teams from 8 different states will be represented at this year's tournament. In addition to a slew of Montana and North Dakota teams, wrestlers from Poway, CA; Adam City, CO; Post Falls, ID; Lake Stevens, WA; Oak Harbor, OH and Rapid City Central, SD will be competing at the tournament. There will be a total of 31 teams at the event.

Sidney/Fairview will be defending their Montana state championship streak of 5 years this season. Returning placers include Gordon Knapp, Ben Carlson and Kaden Wise. Returning state champions include Reece Graves, Owen Lonski, Zander Dean and Amaiya Kirn. Also starting this year 8th grade students will be eligible to wrestle at the high school level in Montana. Currently Sidney/Fairview has four middle school wrestlers practicing with the high school team. "We have been trying to get this through for years and years and finally got it this year. We've had so many 8th graders come through that could have wrestled for us," said head coach Guy Melby. "Now we are going to be able to do it."

Melby is confident Sidney/Fairview will have another successful season. "I'm pretty impressed with our senior leadership and how hard everyone is working. It's pretty exciting," stated Melby.


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