HELENA — The Butte High wrestling team defeated Capital in the Bears Den on Tuesday night 42-30.
The Bruins did have a better showing than their first meeting with the Bulldogs, according to CHS coach Jeff Mahana.
Butte won seven of the 13 matches, producing five pins, and being awarded two forfeits. Capital's six wins came on four pins and two decisions. The hosts actually won six of the 11 matches contested.
The pins for the Bulldogs belonged to Will Queer at 113 pounds, Scout Allen at 126, Carl Anderson at 160, Kobe Moreno at 170 and Kameron Moreno at 182.
Posting pins for CHS were Noah Kovick at 132, Cole Bradford at 138, Travis Schulte at 152 and heavyweight Justin Jenks. Schulte, Jenks and Alec McVey-Touchette were making their final appearance at home on Senior Night.
Winning by decision for the Bruins were sophomore Tyler Coddington at 120, 9-6 against ranked Gabe Tierney; and No. 1 ranked Seth Jensen at 205, by a 9-3 margin over Greyson Mundic.
"I felt two of our best matches were at 113 and 160," Butte coach Cory Johnson said. "Will (Queer) moved up from 103, and he started us off on the right foot. And Carl (Anderson) showed lots of intensity, which is what we want from our guys. He's wrestling at a high level right now, he's confident, and he does things hard."
Mahana stated his club, "got better against Butte (than in the season opener), we're actually in a good spot right now. The seniors got some pins, the freshman are stepping up, and that was a really good match for Tyler (Coddington) — he's beat that guy twice now."
Jensen's win at 205 came after a scoreless first period, and a narrow 4-2 lead — on a single leg takedown and a sprawl and spin behind takedown — for the Bruins matman heading into the third.
In the final stanza, the CHS junior scored an escape, another takedown, and a 2-point near fall on a leg ride and half Nelson, to win going away.
"I caught his wrist, isolated his arm so he couldn't post up, and then powered him over with the half," said Jensen, who improved to 25-6 on the year with 16 pins.
Johnson praised the work of Mundic, despite the loss, stating, "Greyson has been pinned six or seven times in the last two years, but tonight he wrestled to win against a very good opponent ... he's gaining on the rest of the field."
As a sophomore last year, Jensen won the 2017 Bozeman LeProwse championship and placed fifth at State. This season he was selected co-captain by his peers and owns three top-five tournament placings, second at Bozeman, fourth at the CMR Holdiay and fifth at last week's Beck Rocky Mountain.
He has lost to just two AA grapplers, one from Billings and one from Great Falls.
"I avenged the Billings loss, and am seeking revenge on Great Falls," he said.
Mahana described how Jensen's strengths are his tenacity and endurance.
"Seth is very tenacious; when his opponents start fading he just keeps pushing," Mahana said. "He gets better as the match goes on, he always wins the third period."