Rangers have historic finish at Cowboy Invite

Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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Photos courtesy of Ben Hahn

Park’s Adin Gibson (first place) stands atop the podium after placing first in the 152-pound weight class at the Cowboy Invitation in Miles City.

The Park High School Wrestling team turned in one of its best performances in the 62-year history of the Cowboy Invitational wrestling Tournament in Miles City. 

The Rangers placed 11th as a team and had wrestlers place first, second and third in their respective weight classes. 

Adin Gibson continued to build upon an already impressive season with a first-place finish in the 152-pound weight class.

 Gibson pinned his first three opponents to propel him into the semi-final round. In the semis, Gibson won by decision, 13-10, in a tightly contested match with Isaiah Murch of Billings Senior High School.

Gibson secured first place in a low scoring match as he beat Glasgow’s Kaden Zimmerman by decision, 2-0.

Cade Gubler finished second in the 138-pound weight class. Like Gibson, Gubler pinned his first three opponents. His pin in the quarterfinal round came with less than 15 seconds remaining in the match. 

In the semi-finals, Gubler won by decision in convincing fashion, 9-2, over Damian Leidholt from host team Miles City. 

In the title match, Gubler lost a tightly contested match with Idren Peak of Billings Senior. Peak won by decision, 6-0.

Danyk Jacobsen finished third in the 132-pound weight class. Jacobsen pinned his first two opponents with the second pin coming in less than one minute.

Jacobsen won by decision, 6-1, in the quarterfinals before losing 9-1 by major decision in the semi-finals to RJ Lowdog of Billings West.

Jacobsen rallied to win back to back decisions, 7-3, 6-5, to secure third place in the tournament. 

Gibson, Gubler and Jacobsen have made placing in tournaments commonplace this season.

Park head coach Ben Hahn said this year was the first time the Rangers have had two competitors reach the finals in the 62 years of the tournament. 

Hahn was excited about the finish, but he is mainly happy to see his team’s consistent progress.

“Fantastic tournament overall in Miles City,” Hahn said. “The overall takeaway is that each week we are improving and having fun.”

The goal for the Rangers is to continue to improve so that they are competing at the highest level at the end of the year, Hahn added. 

“Our goal is to continue to improve so that, at the end of the year, we are wrestling at our best,” he said. 


Up next

The Rangers wrestle next at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Billings Central.