Tezak wins third straight state title

Dillon senior wrestler Brent Tezak salutes fans in the crowd after winning his third straight Class A state championship on Feb. 10, 2018.

The Montana High School All-Class State Wrestling Tournament took Billings by storm over the weekend, and a number of local wrestlers from the Butte and Bozeman areas won state championships.

Dillon's Brent Tezak capped off his high school wrestling career in style, finishing his senior season with a perfect record and the state title at 160 pounds. It was the third consecutive Class A championship for Tezak, each in a different weight class.

"I think it's pretty special," Tezak said. "No one has ever done it for Dillon, and it's been a lot of fun."

Belgrade's John Mears won his second straight Class A individual title as a sophomore, this year, at 132 pounds.

"It feels so amazing," Mears said. "I felt like this second one was harder than the other."

In Class AA, Bozeman junior Sterling Quinn won his first state championship in thrilling fashion, using a last-second takedown to win the title at 120 pounds.

Then immediately after, Hawks sophomore Leif Schroeder dominated at 126 pounds, winning his second straight state championship.

"I'm speechless," Schroeder said. "It's great and I'm really, really happy right now."

After finishing in third place as a sophomore, Bozeman junior Chance McLane won at 145 pounds to finish an undefeated season, while capturing the second state title of his high school career in the process."

"It feels so good, it's unbelievable," McLane said. "Losing it last year, it burnt a lot, and getting on top again is great."

Those three state champions, along with three second-place and three more third-place finishers, helped the Hawks win the second-place team trophy in Class AA for the second year in a row.

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