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Billings Senior edges Billings West in final Class AA boys wrestling rankings

Billings Senior wrestling
Posted at 1:04 PM, Feb 18, 2021

Billings Senior edged Billings West by one point for the top spot in the final Class AA boys wrestling team rankings of the season.

Senior totaled 94 points to West's 93. Kalispell Flathead is third with 89 points, followed by Great Falls High (77 points), Butte (70) and Helena Capital (51).

The Broncs have 10 individuals ranked, with Idren Peak and Thomas Klepps leading the way with No. 1 rankings at 132 and 170 pounds, respectively. Jaden Vladic (120 pounds) and Logan Cole (126) are ranked second for the Broncs, and Junior Madrid (103) and Charlie Desmarais (205) are slotted third.

West has seven guys ranked, including No. 1s Jase Van Pelt at 113 pounds, Jesse Aarness at 126 and Drake Rhodes at 152. Ten Braves are ranked for Flathead, with three wrestlers -- Cade Troupe at 145, Fin Nadeau at 152 and Ryan Nelson at 182 -- sitting second at their respective weights. Great Falls High has seven total guys ranked, led by a talented trio at the heavier weights. Liam Swanson is No. 1 at 182 pounds, Elijah Davis is No. 1 at 205 and Ethan DeRoche is No. 1 at 285 for the Bison.

The Class AA regular season concludes on Feb. 23, and coaches will meet on Feb. 25 to seed wrestlers for the state tournament, which will be held March 5-6 at Kalispell Flathead.

Class AA boys wrestling rankings
Through Feb. 16

Team rankings (based on awarding points for each ranked wrestler): 1, Billings Senior 94 (9-1); 2, Billings West 93 (10-3); 3, Kalispell Flathead 89 (8-0); 4, Great Falls High 77 (11-2); 5, Butte 70 (9-1); 6, Helena Capital 51 (6-2).

Individual rankings

103 pounds: 1, Trey Whitlock (9-0), Butte; 2, Keyan Hernandez (13-0), Billings West; 3, Junior Madrid (7-2), Billings Senior; 4, Kaleb O’Shea (9-3), Helena High; 5, Davin Naldrett (6-2), Kalispell Flathead; 6, Cooper Samson (8-4), Great Falls High.

113: 1, Jase Van Pelt (13-0), Billings West; 2, Colton Gutenberger (8-2), Belgrade; 3, Maverick McEwen (9-0), Butte; 4, Holden Howe (4-1), Billings Senior; 5, Josh Melton (6-1), Kalispell Glacier; 6, Keagan Crosby (4-2), Missoula Sentinel.

120: 1, Teegan Vasquez (10-0), Kalispell Glacier; 2, Jalen Vladic (9-0), Billings Senior; 3, Mason Gutenberger (8-1), Belgrade; 4, Hunter Ketchem (10-2), Billings Skyview; 5, Kyler Raiha (6-1), Butte; 6, Nathan Elmose (7-3), Helena High.

126: 1, Jesse Aarness (12-0), Billings West; 2, Logan Cole (7-2), Billings Senior; 3, Ethan Freund (7-0), Kalispell Flathead; 4, Keagan Gransberry (8-1), Butte; 5, Bryson Danzinger (5-1), Missoula Sentinel; 6, Isaac Ayers (6-3), Missoula Big Sky.

132: 1, Idren Peak (7-0), Billings Senior; 2, Carter Schmidt (9-1), Belgrade; 3, Asher Kemppaninen (5-0), Kalispell Flathead; 4, Israel Moreno (9-0), Missoula Big Sky; 5, Kip Pumnea (7-2), Butte; 6, Talon Barrington (7-3), Billings Skyview.

138: 1, Carson DesRosier (8-0), Helena Capital; 2, RJ Lowdog (12-1), Billings West; 3, Mason Huber (6-3), Great Falls High; 4, Anders Thompson (5-1), Kalispell Flathead; 5, Connor Konda (5-2), Butte; 6, Jackson Bakken (7-2), Missoula Sentinel.

145: 1, Avery Allen (6-0), Bozeman High; 2, Cade Troupe (6-0), Kalispell Flathead; 3, Anthony Liva (9-1), Butte; 4, Jesse Horner (8-1), Missoula Sentinel; 5, Jaron Roberts (6-3), Billings Skyview; 6, Oden Currier (8-2), Belgrade.

152: 1, Drake Rhodes (13-0), Billings West; 2, Fin Nadeau (5-0), Kalispell Flathead; 3, Paolo Salminen (11-1); Billings Skyview; 4, Blake Jolma (8-1), Missoula Sentinel; 5, Cache Hilliard (8-4), Great Falls High 6, Wyatt Schneider (5-3), Helena Capital.

160: 1, Hunter Meinzen (8-0), Missoula Big Sky; 2, Cameron Savaria (10-0), Billings Skyview; 3, Noah Poe-Hatten (7-1), Kalispell Flathead; 4, AJ Lafurge (9-1), Great Falls CMR; 5, Conner Kovick (6-2), Helena Capital; 6, Shawn Miller (5-3), Billings Senior.

170: 1, Thomas Klepps (6-0), Billings Senior; 2, Brendan Lockhart (10-1), Great Falls High; 3, Chase Youso (8-0), Kalispell Flathead; 4, Justice Seamons (7-3), Helena High; 5, Dylan Graham (6-2), Helena Capital; 6, Isaiah Murch (2-1), Billings Senior.

182: 1, Liam Swanson (10-1), Great Falls High ; 2, Ryan Nelson (8-0), Kalispell Flathead; 3, Chris Garcia (9-3), Billings West; 4, Peyton Morton (4-2), Billings Senior; 5, Mason Chrisitan (7-1), Butte; 6, Dilen Barrington (7-4), Billings Skyview.

205: 1, Elijah Davis (12-0), Great Falls High; 2, Noah Kovick (7-0), Helena Capital; 3, Charlie Desmarais (6-3), Billings Senior; 4, Xaden Cunningham (4-2), Belgrade; 5, Zac Crews (8-1), Missoula Sentinel; 6, Talon Marsh (5-1), Helena Capital.

285: 1, Ethan DeRoche (12-0), Great Falls High; 2, Jaydon Hoff (11-2), Billings West; 3, Zack Tierney (7-0), Butte; 4, Keaton Pouliot (3-0), Helena Capital; 5, Timber Richberg (5-2), Kalispell Flathead; 6, Camren Spencer (2-1), Bozeman High.