Tuesday Preps: C.M. Russell High wrestlers fall to Bozeman; Great Falls High girls improve to 4-1

CMR's Isiah Yates lifts Bozeman's Finn Johnson during Tuesday's dual in the CMR Fieldhouse.TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

CMR’s Isiah Yates lifts Bozeman’s Finn Johnson during Tuesday’s dual in the CMR Fieldhouse.
TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

C.M. Russell High senior Riley Wavra might have wrestled his last match at 119 pounds Tuesday when he topped Bozeman’s Kelly Taylor.

“We like where he’s at,” CMR head coach Aaron Jensen said. “He’ll be going 112 here after this so that will even be better for him.”

Yes, Wavra is going to cut down to 112 pounds for the remainder of the season to give himself a better chance to reach the state tournament.

“It should be a good move,” Wavra said. “I should be more competitive at state. I’m a senior, so it’s my last shot. So that will be good.”

Cutting weight is a staple of being a wrestler and the practice came under fire a couple decades ago when several collegiate wrestlers died exercising while trying to lose weight.

In response, the NCAA and many state high school associations have adopted rules limiting weigh-cutting, including a minimum weight a wrestler may compete at during the season.

According to Wavra it’s about doing it the right way.

“You just gotta do it right, eat right and stay hydrated and stay in that weight room cause you’re going to lose a lot of muscle when you’re cutting down,” Wavra said. “But you just gotta do it right.”

In basketball action, the Great Falls High boys suffered a triple-overtime heartbreaker when Helena’s Dawson Reardon hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 64-63 victory.

The GFH girls improved to 4-1 with a convincing 62-33 victory over struggling Helena. Markaela Francis had 10 points, Jessica Keller had 13 and Callee Remsen added a dozen.

And in Class B boys’ action, Rocky Boy topped defending state champion Malta by eight points.

If you missed it, you can check out today’s feature on Chinook senior Rob Klingaman, Dan Mediate’s Class AA notebook and Jesse Geleynse’s small-school notebook.

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