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Choteau Wrestling Looking to Break Streak of Four Straight 2nd Place Finishes at State

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Four years in a row. Four 2nd place finishes at state. That's been the story for the Choteau Bulldogs wrestling program and they're tired of being second fiddle.

"I don't how to convey how bad we want it. We're just tired of being what would you say the Buffalo Bills of Class B wrestling," said Steve French, Bulldogs head coach.

"Second place is getting old. It really bugs you a lot when you take 2nd four years in a row and you want to change, you want to be first," said JJ Werdal, Sr. 138 pounds.

Despite difficult finishes in the past, the Bulldogs remain confident and are excited for an opportunity to compete at one of the best events in Montana high school sports.

"We're all excited. Just the fire in the room is incredible," said Werdal.

"It's going to be awesome and the competition there will be great so we're looking forward to it. We're very confident. We've been wrestling tough kids all year and winning tight matches and we're used to that," said Steeler French, Jr. 182 pounds.

Now it's time to take that experience and make it pay off. They know how to win and plan to prove it on the grandest stage.

"If I was a betting man I wouldn't want to bet against these guys. They've performed all year. They've never slacked off all year any weekend and they've always performed," said coach French.

"Just wrestling tough. Staying solid and if we carry that over in to state and wrestle like we do we'll have a lot of wrestlers in the state finals," said Steeler French.

The more wrestlers in the finals the more opportunities to win. And for the Choteau Bulldogs, that's an opportunity to prove they aren't second best.

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