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na- Us four-man sled on the zig zag after World for one of the most colorful and largest of Big athletic tournaments in Montana. were The tournament will get under will be buried in his native Locker Talk . By Marlyn Jensen basketball and wrestling pro- (UPI)-grams have been developed. Former Coach Bob Olsonorg- anized the 1 first Flatheadwrestl- team in 1954 and continue^ the world's middleweight Air- way Fnday The State Wrestling B * coach ^".the i964-65" sea? : piorfsSp7* was Tournament is hke a three-ring Chan- circus as there will be three to regulation matches onthreesep- on at onetime. aresi- There will be a grand total of 240 matches during the tournament. tournament. in club. Schuff son. Under Olson's leadership the Flathead Braves we re one of the top teams in the The Montana High School Association will present eight trophies Saturday night, two for the top Class AA teams, two All wrestlers taking part in the top Class A teams, two the slate tournament had to place the top Class B, C, first, second, third or fourth in for the fastest pin, and one one of thefourdivisionaltouma- the outstanding wrestler of the ments completed last week end. tournament. The 1966 tournament will be Wrestling on the college level the 10th wrestl ing tournamentun- has certainty der the direction of the Montana tana Stale UniversityandUniver- High School Association. The sity of Montana since the association voted to officially has become popular on the approve and sponsor high school school level. The Montana wrestling as an inter-school ac- Bobcats have one of the tivity at a special meeting in records in the college wrestling Helena in April 1955. The first world with 37 wins and two State Wrestling Tournamentwas Only one of their wrestlers from out of state. The Montana 199, 144, 79, M. G. V. L. S. 84 79 60 108 82 49 63 80 (ot) 72 (ot) homers his in 1956. Former state champions are: 1956, Billings Senior; 1957, Missoula Missoula Sentinel; 1958, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, B, C, Custer County High; 1959, Class AA, Great Falls Public; Class A, B, C, Custer County High; 1960, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, B, C, Custer County High; 1961, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, B, C, Custer County High; 1962, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, B, C, Bozeman Senior High; 1963, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, B, C, Glasgow Glasgow High; 1964, Class AA, Missoula Missoula Sentinel; Class A, Glasgow High; Class B, C, Malta; 1965, Class AA, Missoula Sentinel; Class A, Billings Central; Class B, C, Malta. Montana Slate University and Bozeman Senior High School sponsored the State Wrestling Tournament in 1954 and 1955. These were under the direction of Dr. Keith Bowen of MSU and Coach Tom LeProwse of Bozeman Bozeman Senior High. Four to six teams attended these first so- called state tournaments. There will be representatives from 45 schools for the 1966 tournament, 15 schools were unable to place wrestlers in their divisionals. Many coaches started wrestling wrestling programs for the sake of football. I have watched wrestling wrestling develop from four teams to 60 teams since I began coaching in Montana. Wrestling has helped to produce a great number of the finest football players the state has ever seen. It has also given boys of small size a chance to express and prove themselves physically. Juvenile delinquency has been curtailed to a great extent in areas where Collegiate Conference schools have wrestling on the intramural intramural level and in their education classes. 1966 DIVISIONAL CHAMPS Missoula Sentinel, the 1965 state champion, repeated again as the Western Division champion champion by a wide margin over Missoula Hellgaie, 136 to 104. The Glasgow Scottles won Eastern Division title with 96 points, just nipping the Custer County Cowboys fromMilesCity by two points. Billings West came through with a victory In the Southern Division by outpointing their nearest rival, the Billings Senior Senior Drones 91 to 75. Flathead of Kalispell Braves, wrestling in the toughest division, division, came through with a win over their nearest rival in Northern Division, Great Falls Flathead basketball players are improving but just can't Charles Russell High, 90 to 87. Seventeen teams participate in the Northern Division and of the teams are AA schools. seem to get over that last seconds barrier as noted week end with the Butte Bull- dogs and the Anaconda Copper- heads and their two-point loss to both teams. The Braves play their two neighbors north, Whitefish and Falls, this weekend. The could be on the winning end they were able to play the quarter as well, as the first quarters from about a dozen their games both at home and away. The Braves have played some fine basketball at times this season and could make real tough on some of the in their Division Four ment in Missoula next week.