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BUTTE -- The Missoula Sentinel wrestling team took one more step Saturday night, taking the consolation title at the Mining City Duals after finishing fourth a year ago.

The Spartans beat Missoula Big Sky early in the day, before losing to eventual champion Havre in the semifinals. They rebounded to beat Butte 58-12 for third place.

Havre claimed its third straight title in the championship match with a 49-21 win over Billings Skyview.

"Havre is super tough, and we didn't wrestle to the best of our ability against them," Sentinel coach Jeremy LaPorte said. "But overall I was very, very happy with the kids this weekend."

The Spartans lost a handful of matches on the weekend, and had two wrestlers, Hunter Newton and Bryar Newbary, go undefeated. 

In the dual with Big Sky, Sentinel won nine matches. Jake Hegel (132), Chandler Paulson (152), Dylan Goforth (205) and Newbary (170) all recorded major decisions against the Eagles.

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At 138 pounds Jake Kovalecki pinned Kyle May, while Dylan Duffalo took a close 3-2 win at 145 pounds. LaPorte said his team built momentum with each win. 

"From top to bottom it was a team effort," he said. "They fed off each other to get wins, and it started to snowball from there."

Chance Stack (160), Gabe Peppenger (182) and Hunter Newton (103) all kept things going for the Spartans.

Meanwhile, Jon Conklin (113), Wyatt Gordon (120) and Kyle Gordon (120) all scored wins for the Eagles.