Senior night is usually reserved for the end of the season, the final time players will compete in their home gyms in their high school careers.
For two Missoula Hellgate Knights, that was Tuesday.
A short-handed Hellgate squad fell to Missoula Big Sky in the only home dual hosted at the Knights' gym this season. The Eagles benefited from four open weight classes for an early cushion and cruised to the 55-10 victory from there.
The dual began at 103 pounds and so too did Hellgate's forfeitures. Big Sky scored six team points at each of the first three weights to take the 18-0 advantage before any boys set foot on the mat for matches.
The Eagles, who saw coach Lanny Bryant push his career dual victory total above 302 at last week's Mining City Duals in Butte for a Montana all-time best mark, kept on Hellgate from there with a comeback major decision at 126 pounds from Wyatt Gordon.
The sophomore Eagle, one of many Big Sky boys wrestling out of place Tuesday in a lineup dotted with junior varsity grapplers or those bumped up weights, fell behind Hellgate's Asa Hoerner early in the match and trailed 9-5 near the end of the second period.
He notched the final 12 points of the match for a 17-9 major decision, though.
"I work really hard on conditioning and it has a lot to do with the sport, how long you can maintain that level of intensity," Gordon said. "It started making it easier for me to get my head out of those tough positions."
Despite his conditioning Gordon was out of breath by the end, too. He normally competes at 120 pounds.
The Knights' Dylan Lewis stopped the skid at 132 pounds. He climbed over Kadin Lahti for a 6-2 decision that got Hellgate on the board and gave the senior a memorable final outing on his home floor.
"It's a good feeling and it's nice to show that Hellgate's improving," Lewis said.
The duo also wrestled on Saturday at the Hamilton Invitational on Lewis's way to a runner-up finish at 132. He got the better of Lahti then too, though the Eagle gave him a much tougher battle Tuesday.
"I beat him then and I feel like he had a score to settle," Lewis said. "He's a pretty tough wrestler."
The Eagles reeled off four more wins in a row, an overtime 6-4 decision for Josh Brunner before consecutive pins by Carter Westphal, Jon Andres and Braxten Miller.
Though the Eagles had wrapped up the dual victoryby that point, Knights Brady Needles and Reese Robinson fought on and earned wins at 170 and 182 pounds, respectively.
Needles's victory came by major decision, 9-1.
Following another forfeit at 205 pounds, heavyweight Gabe Miller finished off the night with a second-round pin for Big Sky.