BILLINGS — Before his quarterfinal match on Friday at the State B-C wrestling tournament, Colstrip's Jackson Currier was slowly hopping up and down with a smile on his face. Forsyth's Michael Weber had more of a serious look and slowly walked back and forth, waiting patiently for his quarterfinal match to begin.

One fan yelled to Currier, "Let's do it, Jackson!" and before he took the mat, Weber said, "It's go time" to his father and head coach Scott Weber and assistant Kyle Fulton and shortly later slapped hands with Fulton.

Both are halfway home to a fourth state wrestling title.

Currier won his quarterfinal by fall in 38 seconds and his first-round match in 52 seconds at 138 pounds. He'll wrestle Josiah Vanderwall of Plains-Hot Springs on Saturday in the 138-pound semifinals. 

Weber was victorious by fall in 1:18 in the quarterfinals and 2:28 in the first round. Weber is set to square off with Isaac DuMontier of Saint Ignatius-Charlo in the semifinals at 152.

The semifinals and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. 

Currier injured his lower back in football this season. Due to the lingering injury, Currier had limited mat time and is 7-3 this year. Currier was not defeated by an opponent this year; his three losses were all by injury default in his first competition of the year at Colstrip's Stocking Stuffer Invitational on Dec. 20. Currier won his first match by pin and then defaulted out of the tourney when his back tightened up.

"I'm feeling really good conditioning wise," Currier said. "I am just getting back into what I usually do and am wrestling how I usually do."

Currier said sitting on the sidelines while rehabbing the injury was difficult for him. 

"It's really hard when you live with three other brothers and everything is about competing and who takes first or second — just sitting in a chair and coaching instead of being in a wrestling singlet and shoes," Currier said. "Being injured is a lot harder mentally than people think. Not being there for my team was hard."

Weber is now 39-1 this season, but is not taking anything for granted going into the semifinal round. 

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said Weber of reaching the semifinals in his last state wrestling tournament. "I try not to think about it too much and take it one match at a time. If you look ahead something happens and you make mistakes and get put on your back."

Fulton, who wrestled for coach Weber at Forsyth, has been pushing Weber in practice this season. Fulton's strength has pushed Weber to become a better wrestler.

"I have to rely on my technique," Weber said. "I can't rely on strength. It's added a new edge to my talent and skills. He's a big boy." 

Colstrip claimed a commanding lead in the Class B team race with 115 points. Glasgow and Huntley Project were tied for second at 69. Columbus-Absarokee-Park City was right behind with 68 and Eureka was fifth at 57.

"Usually kids get the Metra scare," Currier said. "Our team doesn't have that. We have kids to lead the freshmen and get them focused."

"We are doing well and what the coach is telling us," added Colstrip's Terry Spotted Wolf, who is in the semifinals at 285 pounds. "We are always wrestling hard and a full six minutes like coach Dan Valdez says.

"We are confident because we put the work in and are constantly working."

Colstrip's Nakoda Siegel, an undefeated state champ last year who is 25-1 this season, scored two victories by pin to move into the semifinals against Justin Denton of Townsend. Siegel has been wrestling all season with a torn ACL suffered in football. He'll have surgery Feb. 12.

"I'm feeling really good," he said. "My knee is doing great; everything feels fine. I'm just looking to score as many points as I can. ... We are wrestling tough and our boys showed up and got falls. We have some kids in the wrestlebacks who have to show up."

Project junior heavyweight Journey Grimsrud is now 49-6 with 38 pins after scoring falls in 52 and 39 seconds on Friday. Grimsrud, who gained valuable experience last season working with eventual 205-pound state champ Blaine Buchanan in the practice room daily, will wrestle Spotted Wolf in the semifinals. 

"Right from the start, I'm 100 percent confident in every match and just go hard," Grimsrud said of the secret to gaining so many pins. 

Grimsrud added: "And I have a mom (Kristen) who doesn't like seeing me on my back."  

Project junior Clayton Donally, a two-time state finalist at 103, will wrestle Kyle Durden of Eureka in the semifinals at 126.

"It's a lot harder this year as I jumped up three weight classes," he said. "Our coaches just put us to work, so now we are out competing.

"Last year there was a lot of pressure as my freshman year nobody know who I was and I just came out here."

Camron Reilly, a state champ for Forsyth last year at 103, is a semifinalist at 120 and is matched with Thompson Fall's Roman Sparks. 

"I've been focused on this tournament all year and thinking about it and defending my title," he said. "I just have to wrestle and get ready. I have a tough kid coming up. I have to wrestle smart and tough."

In the Class C team race, defending champion Circle leads with 43 points. Superior-Alberton and Valier are tied for second with 19. Simms has 17 points.

Tugg Taylor, a 113-pound freshman for Circle, won both his matches by fall to advance to the semifinals.

"I just came out ready and took it to him," said Taylor of his semifinal victory, in which he used a head and arm for a pin in 4:17 over Dawson Powers of Whitehall.

Taylor is set to wrestle Roper Mycke of Conrad in the semis.

"I've got to to out and stay focused and limit my mistakes and take it to him," said Taylor.

Class B team scores: Colstrip 115, Glasgow 69, Huntley Project 69, Columbus-Absarokee-Park City 68, Eureka 57, Saint Ignatius-Charlo 41, Townsend 39, Whitehall 32, Fairfield 30, Florence-Carlton 29, Malta 29, Cut Bank 28, Forsyth 27, Shepherd 27, Choteau 26, Conrad 26, Shelby 24, Thompson Falls 23, Jefferson 20, Manhattan 19, Plains-Hot Springs 19, Poplar 17, Deer Lodge 9, Anaconda 8, Baker 6, Bigfork 0, Harlem 0, Three Forks 0.

Class C team scores: Circle 43, Superior-Alberton 19, Valier 19, Simms 17, Fort Benton-Big Sandy 8, Cascade 6, Chester-Joplin-Inverness 6, Chinook 5, Arlee 3, Broadus 3, Belt 0, Great Falls Central 0.

Semifinal pairings

103: Parker Craig, Huntley Project vs. Weston Timberman, Columbus-Absarokee-Park City; Krayle Stormer, Circle, vs. Miguel Ramos, Fairfield.

113: Trae Thilmony, Thompson Falls, vs. Tanner Cook, Columbus-Absarokee-Park City; Tugg Taylor, Circle, vs. Roper Mycke, Conrad.

120: Gunnar Smith, Eureka, vs. Zach Valdez, Colstrip; Camron Reilly, Forsyth, vs. Roman Sparks, Thompson Falls.

126: Kyle Durden, Eureka, vs. Clayton Donally, Huntley Project; Colten Fast, Glasgow, vs. Matt Connelly, Valier.

132: Nathan Schmidt, Eureka, vs. Oden Hallock, Glasgow; Connor Johnson, Whitehall vs. Kolter Schipman, Malta.

138: Josiah Vanderweall, Plains-Hot Springs, vs. Jackson Currier, Colstrip; John Cremer, Glasgow, vs. Pete Henderson, Choteau.

145: Hank Dunn, Eureka, vs. Rylin Burns, Colstrip; Darwin Adams, St. Ignatius-Charlo vs. Trey Taylor, Circle.

152: Isaac DuMontier, St. Ignatius-Charlo, vs. Michael Weber, Forsyth; Dylan Raihl, Columbus-Absarokee-Park City, vs. Wyatt Brusven, Shelby.

160: Avery Meinzen, Florence-Carlton, vs. Ty Bradley, Colstrip; Kameron Rauser, Townsend, vs. Sam Schmidt, Huntley Project.

170: Dylan Nieskens, Glasgow, vs. JR Seewald, Cut Bank; Dillon Anderson, Fairfield, vs. Cody Blaede, Colstrip.

182: Henry Koch, Huntley Project, vs. Nate Gorham, Shepherd; Justin Denton, Townsend, vs. Nakoda Siegel, Colstrip.

205: Spencer Jones, Florence-Carlton vs. Brett Monroe, Valier; Lane Hinderager, Simms, vs. Beau Petersen, Colstrip.

285: Trey Yates, Colstrip, vs. Mayson Phipps, Glasgow; Terry Spotted Wolf, Colstrip, vs. Journey Grimsurd, Huntley Project.

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