Wrestlers Enjoy Good Week
What an exciting week for Wolf Point wrestling. This was for sure a week that will be hard to forget. It started with out senior Joli Beston sign a letter of intent to wrestle at Dickinson State University.
The Wolves wrestled in the Fort Benton mixer. Due to the weight-in count, Beston and Jeina Reum didn’t wrestle. Kai Vilaluz and Lakeahala Mays both got some mat time. Wolf Point coach Scott Vandall said neither of them won, but they are improving each time out. Jess Reed had one match that he won. Xander Hoffman had a good match. “He didn’t win, but he too is showing great improvement each time out. We’re pleased with the efforts,” Vandall said.
Camden Doorneck had a match and won. He improves each time out. Tavian Bell was back in action and he lost. “Tavian was out sick last week so he’s getting back into the groove,” Vandall said. Mike Bell won two matches. “Mike is coming along really well. One of the kids he beat was ranked in the top six of the state,” the coach said.
On Friday and Saturday, Wolf Point went to the big Great Falls CMR Holiday Classic.
“I only put Jesse and Mike in the big meet and Joli and Jeina in the girls side. Jesse wrestled great this weekend. He had some really great matches,” Vandall said. “He missed the second day, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort that was for sure. Jesse is starting to pick it up.”
Bell placed sixth at the meet. “Mike and Jesse both wrestled their butts off. So proud of these two. Jesse was beating a ranked kid, hung on an arm too long and got caught. Mike beat two ranked wrestlers in Billings Central. And then got a chance to wrestle the 16th ranked kid in the nation that just signed to wrestle at Oklahoma. Those boys showed up this weekend.”
The girls had some set backs in the first round.
“Joli battled back to place fourth. Jeina was winning her matches and just got caught. This happens,” Vamdall said. “Kai and Lakeahala both went out in two but again showed some improvement. Jeina was winning the two matches she got caught on two matches. We were winning them. She hit a picture perfect fireman’s carry in one match that she was wrestling. It was so sweet when she hit this the girl never knew what was happening.”
The coach added, “Joli wrestled well. She made one mistake and got caught in her first match. She was up in the two matches she lost, just go caught. The other boys wrestled in the JV meet on Saturday. I apologize to them because I don’t have their information to share.”