Clipped From The Daily Inter Lake
f*** Ricocheting. . * TF^^I n. i . . . With Kickey Wrestling: The Key To All-Sports Trophy Les Rickey The football championship is neatly tucked away and Flathead High is looking at a stilt bigger prize--the All- Sports Trophy awarded each year by the Great Falls Tribune. The All-Sports Trophy is one of those I great ideas that come along once in a I million years or so; about as often as I really good pecan pie. Tribune sports I editor Mayo Ashley claims credit for! starting it, but I think his wife had the [ idea first. At any rate, tee Tribune awards the I trophy at the end of (he year ID the school J that has comjiiled the most points on a i sliding scale tor winning or placing high ~ in all the major sports in high school. Sports considered are football, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track, cross-country, tennis and golf. Girls' participation counts in cross-country, tennis, golf, track and gymnastics. All of Montana's schools are considered collectively for the one trophy; Flathead's championship in football is rated right along with Havre's, and so on. Flithead High has the jump on the state's schools now with a total of 32 points for finishing at the top of the heap in the football race and fourth in cross-country for boys, the highest ever for the school in that particular sport. The girls, winning the divisional cross-country title, did their bit to help things along. So attention in sports circles now shifts to basketball, where a state championship last year pushed the Braves to a second-place finish in the All-Sports Trophy race- jist four points behind state football champion Great Falls Public. Ifs interesting. Football and basketball are the primary interest sports, and it seems significant that the two schools who won championships in those sports finished 1-2 in the trophy dash. But I think we're overlooking something here. It's wrestling, the often-overlooked indoor sport that seems to carry the weight when it comes to the All-Sports trophy. FJatbesd finished third in the state lastyear, with Great Falls winning the title. The finish wasthehighest ever for the Braves in this particular sport;buttheBlson appeared to serve notice on Missoula Sentinel that its long reign over the wrestling ring had ended. It was a close race, and the Bison got out of it with the All-Sports Trophy. The finish in wrestling was the edge they needed. Thus, I think it behooves us to keep an eye on the wrestling scene this winter. The sport isn't as attractive to spectators as basketball, perhaps, and that's unfortunate. Ifs an interesting sport, if you know what" s going on. We'll do our best to trainsomespectatorsfor wrestling in the weeks ahead; the point system, the strategy, the officiating, weight classifications, and the road to the state championship. Suffice to say for right now that wrestling is very much an individual sport and, at the same time, a very important team sport. When a boy goes onto the wrestling mat, there's no one helping him in any way at all. In football, be can tackle and get by with it. In basketball, he can fail of his potential and often not be noticed. But in wrestling, he's mtnon-man with another guy his same weight anJ about his same age. And it's all to him whether he wins or loses; his strategy, strength, and experience tells the story. Over alongperiod of time, about 10 matches or so, there's a definite pattern there. If the confrontation is dramatic, so too are the results. Sports is winning and losing, and (he oersonal involvement determines the depths and the heights to which winning or losing can send the participant It's physical, this wrestling. Ifs mental. If s emotional. Ifs supreme gratification when winning, and colossal disappointment in defeat. And thaf s why wrestling is important; that, more its contribution to any trophy race. These experiences are the stuff of life itself, and this generation deserves those kind of experiences. Why, yes, as a matter of fact I do like wrestling makes you ask?