Junior High Wrestlers Show Promise


Photo courtesy of Andrea Ethridge

Cascade's junior high wrestling team, led by coach Pat Ober (far left), shows a lot of promise for the future.

Jacob Marko, Staff Writer

As the school’s third quarter wraps up, so does the Cascade junior high wrestling season.

The Cascade junior high wrestling team this year consisted of eighth-graders Connor Sawyer and Brodie Ober, seventh-graders Colby Crowell, Johnny Park, Brent Ethridge, Sam Mazaira, and Archer Davis, sixth-grader Izaak Munski, and fifth-graders Asher Nelson and Connor Mann. This season’s head coach was Pat Ober, while Cascade alum and current University of Providence wrestler Josh Pepos served as Ober’s assistant.

On February 16, the team packed up and headed out to Choteau for a team duals tournament. They won the majority of matches but didn’t place due to the number of forfeits.

Then they proceded to Fort Benton on February 22 to a mixer meet where, according to head coach Pat Ober, the Badgers won about 70-percent of their matches.

Next was the Electric City Classic tournament in Great Falls where just about all of them placed, including eighth-grader Connor Sawyer who finished in second place.

On February 28, they traveled to Big Sandy for a second mixer and won roughly 70% of their matches.

On March 9, the team moved to a tournament in Conrad.  Sixth-grader Izaak Munski placed second, seventh-grader Colby Crowell placed third, and seventh-grader Archer Davis placed fifth.

Munski, fifth-grader Connor Mann, Archer Davis, seventh-grader Johnny Park, Crowell, Sawyer, and seventh-grader Brent Ethridge made it to the divisional tournament in Fairfield. Almost every wrestler put some team points on the board, but due to lack of contestants, they didn’t place in the top 10 for team scores. Munski placed fourth in his weight class, and Sawyer placed second in his weight class.

“I would say our win percentage was around 70-percent of our matches,” said Ober. “That is pretty good for a fairly young team.”

We look forward to more great things from these wrestlers in years to come.