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Third-ranked Argonaut Wrestling Team tops No. 5 MSU-Northern

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Five years ago University of Great Falls wrestling coach Caleb Schaeffer brought in what he considered his best recruiting class ever from the state of Montana.

Wednesday night Schaeffer and the University of Great Falls community saw the fruition brought by that class as the No. 3 Argos routed No. 5 MSU-Northern 34-18 in front of a full McLaughlin Center.

The four Montana boys of that class – Ryan Martin, Chad Cebulski, Brock Picard and Shawn Lau – combined to go 3-1 on the evening as the Argos won the first five matches to build what proved an insurmountable 25-0 lead as UGF completed the season sweep of the Lights.

“Recruiting is tough to do, but I knew I had some diamonds in the rough,” Schaeffer said. “They weren't the most highly sought-after recruits. But I'll tell you what – I knew I had some special kids, and I knew it was going to be fun.”

Martin (149) and Cebulski (157) won with back-to-back pins, and Lau earned a 3-0 victory at 174. Only Picard lost Wednesday as he fell to MSUN's top-ranked Ethan Hinebauch at 165.

“Everybody wrestled tough,” said Cebulski, a Malta native who chose UGF after watching an Argo-Light dual as a high school student. “We got some pins out there, and everyone was solid. It's good to see our hard work pay off.”

The season sweep of Northern was certainly gratifying, but the Argos have bigger goals in mind, Schaeffer said.

Those goals include a strong showing at the NAIA West Regional Tournament Feb. 21 in Havre, and another impressive performance at the NAIA National Tournament in early March.

“These guys want to be national contenders,” said Schaeffer, who led the Argos to a runner-up finish at last year's national tourney. “They want that team national title. That's why I love having them. Don't get me wrong – beating Northern twice is great – but those aren't our goals. We have bigger ones.”

UGF's Luke Schlosser opened the dual with an 8-3 victory over Riley Miller at 125, and teammate Clinton Garvin followed with a pin of Justin Rodgers in 2:16.

Kyle Wilson out-lasted Cesar Montes 10-2 at 141, and Martin pinned Logan Foster at 149.

“I knew bonus points were huge in this dual, so that's what I was going for,” said Martin, a former star at Fergus High School in Lewistown. “It took a while for us to finally get (Northern). It felt nice to finally get them both times this year.”

Cebulski followed with a pin of Tommy Cooper before Hinebauch put the Lights on the board with a pin of Picard.

Lau followed with his victory, and Taylor Vaughn (184) won by forfeit.

Northern's Garrett DeMers and Toby Cheff finished with pin victories to give the match its final score.

The Argos play host to Dickinson State in the regular-season finale Thursday. That match begins at 6 at the McLaughlin Center and will serve as UGF's Senior Night.

No. 3 University of Great Falls 34, No. 5 MSU-Northern 18

125: Luke Schlosser (GFM) over Riley Miller (MSN) (Dec 8-3) 133: Clinton Garvin (GFM) over Justin Rodgers (MSN) (Fall 0:00) 141: Kyle Wilson (GFM) over Cesar Montes (MSN) (MD 10-2) 149: Ryan Martin (GFM) over Logan Foster (MSN) (Fall 0:00) 157: Chad Cebulski (GFM) over Tommy Cooper (MSN) (Fall 3:00) 165: Ethan Hinebauch (MSN) over Brock Picard (GFM) (Fall 0:00) 174: Shawn Lau (GFM) over Cole McArthur (MSN) (Dec 3-0) 184: Taylor Vaughn (GFM) over (MSN) (For.) 197: Garrett DeMers (MSN) over Sam Voigtlaender (GFM) (Fall 2:17) 285: Toby Cheff (MSN) over Dylan Lemery (GFM) (Fall 2:23)

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