BILLINGS — Three Colstrip Colts senior wrestlers had a chance for an encore performance at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Saturday.
Four-time State B-C champion Jackson Currier, Ty Bradley and Cody Blaede were all competing in the Montana Open. Another Colt, freshman Zach Valdez, was also entered.
Colstrip celebrated at the Metra in February when the Colts won their second straight State B team title. The Colts were second in 2017 and first in 2016.
“One last hurrah. It should be fun. We’ll get the crew together,” said Bradley, this year’s state champ at 160 pounds.
“I love wrestling here. It’s the best spot to wrestle.”
Blaede, second at state this year at 170 pounds, said the three were inspired to wrestle at the Open when “we looked up what the trophy was. We thought it looked pretty cool and we wanted to win one and so we started wrestling.”
Blaede said he will attend Montana State and take pre-veterinary courses.
“I am excited to wrestle with the boys again. When we all spread apart in college it will be something I miss, wrestling with the boys. I haven’t wrestled at the Montana Open for a long time, but the last time I won it in 2014.”
Currier, who will wrestle at Utah Valley and study criminal justice, said he originally had intentions of wrestling at an out-of-state tourney this weekend, but decided to compete in the Open one more time when those plans fell through. Currier said he’d wrestled at several Montana Open tourneys and his last loss at the Metra was as a fifth grader.
According to Currier, he wanted to set an example for the younger wrestlers in the Colstrip Wrestling Club by competing at the Open. Currier said the Montana Open has tough competition and he remembered facing some talented wrestlers from Idaho and North Dakota as a youth.
“Just to show the kids you should keep wrestling after the high school season,” Currier said. “One season isn’t good enough to do what you want to do.
“You’ve got to keep wrestling all the time.”
Bradley, who recently signed to wrestle at Dickinson State and will study exercise science, was inspired to wrestle in the tournament by his younger brothers, Trevin and Cody.
“They are wrestling in it. I don’t know, they kind of look up to me,” he said. “I try to set a good example of how it should look. I try to do good out here so they can see how it’s done.”
The Montana Open could very well be the last time Currier, Blaede and Bradley wrestle at Metra.
“I’m looking forward to today and tomorrow,” Blaede said. “It will all be fun.”