Billings Senior's Charlie Klepps points toward the Broncs' crowd after winning his third state title. (RICHIE MELBY/MTN Sports)

BUTTE – Defending Class AA state wrestling champion Kalispell Flathead remains the team to beat according to coaches across the state. The Braves topped the Class AA coaches poll this week, ahead of powers like Bozeman, Billings Skyview and Great Falls High.

Flathead coach Jeff Thompson has a pair of top-ranked individual wrestlers with Payton Hume and Tucker Nadeau taking the top spots in consecutive weight classes, 160 and 170 pounds, respectively. Hume finished runner-up last season at 152 pounds while Nadeau placed third at 170. 11 total Braves were ranked by league coaches.

Bozeman finished second in the team polls with a trio of grapplers ranked No. 1 in their weight classes. Leif Schroeder, a defending state champion, sits No. 1 at 126 pounds, while Chance McLane and Keegan Mulhill are top-ranked at 145 and 152. The Hawks dropped a close dual match to Great Falls High on Tuesday evening.

League coaches view Billings Skyview as the No. 3 team in Montana as a barrage of Falcons are ranked throughout the polls. 170-pound wrestler Brock Bushfield is one of the Falcons’ top products this season and sits No. 2 behind Hume in the individual rankings. Bridger and Gentry Lamb are among the Skyview wrestlers ranked.

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Great Falls High, Butte and Billings Senior round out the top teams in the coaches poll. Senior 132-pounder Charlie Klepps seeks his fourth consecutive state championship this February. Teammate Alejandro Madrid is No. 1 at 103 pounds. Butte placed Gabe Tierney (120 pounds) and Jeff Queer (285 pounds) in the top slots of the polls. Defending state champion Jordan Komac of Great Falls High is No. 1 at 160 pounds.

Helena High’s Isaac Romero (113), Great Falls CMR’s Kai Stewart (138) and Missoula Sentinel’s Bryar Newbary (205) round out the top-ranked individuals in the poll.

The full results of the Class AA coaches poll, as sent to MTN Sports, can be found below.

Team rankings
Kalispell Flathead
Bozeman
Billings Skyview
Great Falls High
Butte
Billings Senior

Individual rankings

103 pounds
Alejandro Madrid, Billings Senior
Brenden Barnes, Kalispell Flathead
Will Queer, Butte
Wyatt Van Pelt, Billings West
Dre Coles, Great Falls High
Dylan Miller, Kalispell Glacier

113 pounds
Isaac Romero, Helena High
Trevin Welzein, Missoula Big Sky
Bryce Shaffer, Kalispell Flathead
Jaiden James, Bozeman
Easton Shupe, Great Falls High
Gentry Lamb, Billings Skyview

120 pounds
Gabe Tierney, Butte
Sterling Quinn, Bozeman
Bridger Lamb, Billings Skyview
Dominic Battello, Kalispell Flathead
Dakota Thomas, Missoula Sentinel
Jalen Rambin, Billings Senior

126 pounds
Leif Schroeder, Bozeman
Austin Murphy, Helena High
Carter Carroll, Great Falls CMR
Justin Kovalicky, Missoula Sentinel
Cache Hilliard, Great Falls High
Brayden Terzo, Missoula Hellgate

132 pounds
Charlie Klepps, Billings Senior
Reece Eckley, Missoula Sentinel
Dayton Evans, Missoula Big Sky
Noah Kovick, Helena Capital
Caleb Partride, Billings Skyview
Braden Lomas, Great Falls High

138 pounds
Kai Stewart, Great Falls CMR
Devin Crawford, Helena High
Doug Swanson, Missoula Big Sky
Beau King, Missoula Sentinel
Brock Rodriguez, Bozeman
Lee Lambrecht, Helena Capital

145 pounds
Chance McLane, Bozeman
Travis Schulte, Helena Capital
Russell Weinholz, Great Falls High
Tanner Russell, Kalispell Flathead
Cameron Hegel, Missoula Sentinel
Kyle Gordon, Missoula Big Sky

152 pounds
Keegan Mulhill, Bozeman
Jace Rhodes, Billings West
Cade Kay, Billings Skyview
Luke Joy, Missoula Sentinel
Kenyon Fretwell, Kalispell Flathead
Logan Twedell, Billings Skyview

160 pounds
Jordan Komac, Great Falls High
Connor Peterson, Billings Skyview
Stormee Kipp, Missoula Big Sky
Carl Anderson, Butte
Garrett Rieke, Kalispell Flathead
Coy Cohenour, Bozeman

170 pounds
Payton Hume, Kalispell Flathead
Brock Bushfield, Billings Skyview
Jacob Fritzler, Billings Senior
Kobe Moreno, Butte
Elijah Davis, Great Falls High
Reese Rahn, Missoula Sentinel

182 pounds
Tucker Nadeau, Kalispell Flathead
Travis Tomei, Great Falls High
Brandon Cooper, Bozeman
Kameron Moreno, Butte
Brenner Bushfield, Billings Skyview
Dylan Goforth, Missoula Sentinel

205 pounds
Bryan Newbary, Missoula Sentinel
Jarrett Leinwand, Billings Senior
Seth Jensen, Helena Capital
Hunter Wellcome, Kalispell Flathead
Noah Thomas, Billings Skyview
Alan LaRoque, Great Falls High

285 pounds
Jeff Queer, Butte
Levi Malcolm, Billings West
Alex Paull, Kalispell Flathead
Michael Lee, Kalispell Flathead
KC Buday, Great Falls CMR
Justin Jenks, Helena Capital

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