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Bison, Ponies Look for State Wrestling Repeats

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Written on the wall in the wrestling room at Great Falls High is the game plan the Bison will follow to win another state championship.

"The Will to Win is worthless…….without the will to prepare," the wall reads. 

And the Bison were working hard, preparing for the first repeat in school history.

"We have a bunch of good kids and we feel like it's still something we gotta go earn. We feel like there's some other teams out there that could win a state title. If we perform to our ability I think we'll be able to get it done," Bison head coach Steve Komac says.

The Bison qualified 24 grapplers to state and return 3 champions from last year, but it's those who finished short in the title matches that are the most "hungry"

"Being in top three...it definitely sparks you because you want to be number one. And that's the goal so it's important," Bison wrestler Kessler Leonard says.

More than 100 miles north, the expectations in Havre are there for all to see, and after winning their 10th state title last season, the Blue Ponies are looking to repeat for the first time since they won four-in-a-row from 2007 through 2010.

"You know we've been wrestling in big tournaments all year. We're going to go out and just wrestle as hard as we can and it'll take care of itself," Ponies head coach Scott Filius says.

"First round is about the strongest, feel each other out. Second round is about technique. Third round is about who has the most heart. We got a lot of heart," Ponies wrestler Tyler Adams adds.

And like Great Falls High, they have wrestlers that placed 2nd last year that also feel like the have something to prove

"Yeah, it does. That was a pretty bitter taste. To come up second....it kind of sucks," Adams recalls. 

No matter the distance between the two powerhouse, both schools know they are expected to end up in the same place, which is first. And for the writing on the wall to have true meaning, they'll have to leave it all on the mat starting Friday in Billings.

 

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