BILLINGS — Scott Weber will have some extra time on his hands.
Weber resigned as Forsyth’s wrestling coach on Wednesday after 17 seasons on the job.
During his time, Weber guided the Dogies to three consecutive State B titles from 2011-2013. Weber said 62 times Forsyth wrestlers achieved top-six status at the state tourney under his watch and the Dogies were third place three times (2010, 2014 and 2015).
“It was a great run with the kids and coaches,” Weber said. “I still have the kids, when they come back, over to the house and visit.
“Seventeen years, it’s not a bad time to get some new blood in there and fresh eyes.”
Weber’s sons had remarkable careers for the Dogies. Brandon was a three-time State B-C champion and four-time finalist. Matt and Luke both claimed four titles. Nathan was a two-time titlist and two-time runner-up and Michael won his fourth state title this year.
Brandon, honored as Montana’s male Little Sullivan winner on Saturday, claimed a national championship and twice was a runner-up for Montana State Northern, while Matt was second at the NAIA national tourney in 2018 and third in 2016. Both were seniors this year.
Luke was a redshirt sophomore at North Dakota State this year and Michael will join him on the Bison wrestling squad next season. Nathan will be a redshirt freshman at MSU-Northern next year. Weber said wanting to watch his sons compete at the college level factored into his decision to resign.
Weber said coaching his boys was enjoyable, but it presented challenges.
“It was frustrating sometimes and very rewarding,” he said. “It always makes it tough coaching your own kids; you expect more out of them. Sometimes it’s tough to take a step back and be the parent instead of the coach.”
Weber’s son Nathan was thankful to get the chance to wrestle for his father. He said his father taught him “how to win with character and lose with character. You have to win with pride and lose with pride. If you lose with pride, there is still work to be done and opportunity for improvement.”
Overall, Weber coached Forsyth wrestlers to 28 individual state championships.
Taylor French and Dallen Brauer were three-time state champions, while Chris Nile and Daryl Fulton were two-time state titlists. Camron Reilly, a sophomore this year, won state as a freshman at 103 pounds and finished third at 120 this year.
“He’s a great mentor,” Nathan Weber said. “It’s hard to talk about him, he’s my father, but it’s crazy to think about it, but he put in a lot of time developing not just Weber kids but all the kids he coached.”
While it was a rocky start as Forsyth finished next to last during Scott’s first two years as head coach, his wife of 31 years, Maria, said it was neat to see the teamwork of the wrestlers, coaches and parents payoff as the team improved.
Now, it’s time for a new beginning.
“Now, it’s time for us,” Maria said. “We are going to be empty nesters this year. It will be some adjustment and add to that Scott not coaching. It will take adjustment, but it will be fun chasing the kids in college and we are looking forward to the next chapter in our lives.”
Now, when he’s at a wrestling match Weber won’t be found in the Dogies’ purple and white colors. He’ll be in the green and gold of NDSU cheering on Luke and Michael or the maroon and gold of MSU-Northern.
“I don’t know if I’ll look good in green. Colstrip was right with us every year and now I have to wear Bison green at NDSU,” Weber joked, while noting maroon and gold are the team colors of Choteau, another Forsyth rival.