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Titans win Rocky Mountain Classic

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MISSOULA – University High School wrestlers went to Missoula over the weekend and flexed their collective muscles, winning the Rocky Mountain Classic team title with a record score and picking up the outstanding wrestler trophy.

Senior Cory Fish was among four Titans to win individual titles and was named the outstanding wrestler. University broke the meet record with 256.5 points and needed nearly all of them to edge Flathead (251.5).

“Our kids really wrestled well, especially in the lower weights,” said U-Hi coach Don Owen. “Flathead had 12 wrestlers place in the tournament, which is excellent. We had 10, which meant we had to place higher. We really picked it up. I have a deep enough team that we can still score a lot of points.”

Fish, the Washington State champion at 103 pounds last year, beat Cody Tolliver of Great Falls in the finals, 7-4. For Tolliver, the two-time Montana State champion, it was his first loss in his high school career. The win impressed coaches enough to vote Fish the outstanding wrestler for the second straight week. He also won the award at the Pacific Northwest Classic at U-Hi.

Fish’s toughest match was in the semifinals where he beat Aric Tarr of Columbia Falls, 1-0. The semifinal was a rematch of the last two Rocky Mountain finals won by Tarr. Fish recorded an escape in the third period for the win.

Undefeated freshman phenom Brian Owen continued his mastery of the 103-pound class. Owen, the nephew of U-Hi wrestling coach Don Owen and the son of Central Valley coach John Owen, has added the Rocky Mountain title to his impressive collection that includes titles in the Tri-State, Northwest Classic and Inland Empire Classic.

Junior Chase Fish got three pins and a major decision at 112 pounds to defend his Rocky Mountain title. Senior Jeremy Montang, also undefeated this season for U-Hi, won at 140 pounds.

Central Valley’s Luke Chesher won a major decision over Mike Malsam, 9-1, in the finals at 125 pounds. U-Hi’s Matt Machala (130) also lost in the finals. CV’s Camren Ebat won the title at 152 pounds and Mead’s Paul Senescal won at 215.

Central Valley placed fifth in the team standings with 164 points, followed by Clarkston with 133.5.

Owen said the Titans are one of the best teams to wrestle in Spokane since he has been coaching here. He takes his team into the Battle of the Bone on Thursday at Central Valley against his brother’s team.

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