3 Rangers place at LeProwse Tournament in Bozeman

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, January 6, 2020
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Cade Gubler uses his hands to reposition his opponent.

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Adin Gibson uses his head for balance as he tries to pin an opponent on Saturday at the Tom LeProwse Tournament in Bozeman.

The Park wrestling team saw multiple wrestlers on the podium at the end of the Tom LeProwse Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Adin Gibson, Danyk Jacobsen and Cade Gubler all finished in the top eight of their weight classes. As a team, the Rangers finished 17th out of 31 teams.

Gibson added another top-three finish to his impressive season. He placed third in the 152-pound weight class.

Gibson won his first match by decision, 11-2. He followed that up by pinning his opponent in the second round. After losing by decision in the quarterfinal round, Gibson rattled off four straight wins, three of them pins, to secure third place.

Park head coach Ben Hahn said Gibson’s work ethic and attention to detail have been key to his strong finishes

“Adin is a special athlete and person,” Hahn said. “He is extremely talented and smart however he remains humble. Rather than rely on his talent, he quietly puts in the work and focuses on doing things correctly. If he continues having fun in the sport of wrestling, the sky is the limit.”

Jacobsen placed fifth in the 132-pound weight class. After losing his first match in a close, 5-4 decision, Jacobsen won five straight matches to put him in good position to place high. He lost in the semi-finals of the consolation round before finishing the tournament with a win.

Hahn said Jacobsen has made the team better in his freshman year and has the potential to finish the year strong.

“(Danyk) is only a freshman, however (he) is showing signs of what it takes to make it to the top,” Hahn said. “He is one of the hardest working athletes I have come across and is always looking to get better. His work ethic has already made our wrestling room better.”

Gubler finished eighth in the 138-pound weight class. He won three tightly contested decisions during the tournament. Coach Hahn said that Gubler had one of his best performances of the year so far.

“He is starting to open up and try some new techniques and he is finding tremendous success,” Hahn said. “During the match with

(a) tough Colstrip athlete, Cade showed some of the best wrestling I have seen out of him. I am very excited for his continued development.”

The team’s placement shows a significant improvement from last year, Hahn said.

“I feel that everyone is having fun right now and that’s what it’s all about,” he said. “This program has grown leaps and bounds from three years ago when we were at the bottom of Montana Class A wrestling.”

Hahn mentioned numerous Park wrestlers who he believes could find their way onto the podium as the year progresses.

“Special mention to Gage McGillvray who is one of those athletes improving so fast we may see him on the podium at the end of this year,” he said. “Other athletes who got some big wins over the weekend were Cody Prather, Jessica Gubler, Brayden Linville, Alex Kober, Mitchel Hawkes, and John Davis. Watch out for those athletes in the weeks and years to come.”

Up next

The Rangers wrestle again in the Cowboy Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Miles City.

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