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Bison, Blue Pony Wrestlers Aim for 4-Peat

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The Great Falls High Bison enter the brand new season as the 3-time defending Class AA champions. The 2015 3-peat was the first time in school history that the Bison won 3 in a row and they can take the program to a whole new level by winning the school's first ever 4-peat, which might prove difficult. The Bison don't bring back any wrestlers that won an individual title last year, but they do have six returning seniors, some of which won state titles as a Sophomore. That includes Walker Ferda and Tommy McMillen, but both fell short last year."

"It kind of made me even more hungry for another one," says McMillen, who is currently wrestling at 160 but won the state title at 138. "So I'm just going to go out and do what I have to do this year and work hard and hopefully capture another title this year."

"There's a group of the older kids that say, 'no matter what coach, we absolutely want to win this tournament,'" says head coach Steve Komac. "Which is awesome. That's a really good attitude. In reality, we have a young team. Half our lineup is Freshman and Sophomores. So we have a lot of experience to gain too. But we're defintely not going to throw in the towel."

One team that has a 4-peat on their resume is Havre High. The Blue Ponies achieved the feat in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In Total, Havre has won seven of the last nine Class A State Team Titles and this year they have the weapons to capture their 2nd 4-Peat in program history. The Ponies have three Seniors and three returning state champions, which include Travis Adams, Jase Stokes and Parker Filius.

"It would be cool, because my Dad is the coach" says Junior Parker Filius, who will be wrestling at 152. "And I'm part of the team now so it would be nice. We've been wrestling pretty hard. A couple guys have been coming in during Football. We're pretty excited for this year."

One tool that is helping the Ponies get ready for the upcoming season is their brand new wrestling room.

"It's sweet," says Junior Jase Stokes, who is wrestling at 182. " We got a lot of stuff to do. We got pull ups, dips and ropes and a nice music system. It a lot of fun."

Something else that's fun is winning. Both the Bison and Ponies hope to do lots of that this year.

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