BUTTE — After edging Great Falls High 37-30 on Tuesday evening, the Bozeman Hawks sit No. 1 in the first Class AA wrestling poll of the 2018-2019 season. The polls were released on Wednesday.
The Bison followed the Hawks in second place, while Butte is ranked third in the opening-season poll. Billings West, Billings Senior and Helena Capital round out the top six.
Bozeman returns three state champions from a runner-up finish last winter — Sterling Quinn, Leif Schroeder and Chance McLane — while Jaiden James and Coy Cohenour each placed second in their weight class in February. Tayt Rogers and Brock Rodrigues won the consolation portion of their respective brackets, both finishing third.
Rogers, Schroeder, McLane and Cohenour are each top-ranked in the current Class AA poll.
Great Falls High returns four state placers from last season, with Easton Shupe and Braeden Lomas each ranked second in their weight class. Butte’s Keagan Gransbery and Kameron Moreno topped their respective weight classes for coach Cory Johnston.
Two-time defending champion Kalispell Flathead went unranked in the team polls with Jaden MacNeil the highest returning placer after finishing runner-up in the 132-pound bracket last season. MacNeil is ranked No. 6 at 145. The Braves take the mats with a “young, young team” according to coach Jeff Thompson.
The complete results of this week’s poll can be found below.
2018-2019 Class AA wrestling poll (Dec. 12)
Great Falls High
103 pounds — Keagan Gransbery (Butte), Colton Martello (CMR), Dre Coles (GFH), Wyatt Van Pelt (West), Hunter Ketchum (Skyview), Jalen Vladic (Senior).
113 pounds — Alejandro Madrid (Senior), Easton Shupe (GFH), Drake Rhodes (West), Tilynn Vasquez (Glacier), Felix Peterson (Bozeman), Bryson Danzinger (Sentinel).
120 pounds — Tayt Rogers (Bozeman), Carson DeRosier (Capital), Brenden Barnes (Flathead), RJ Lowdog (West), Will Queer (Butte), Carter Johnson (Big Sky).
126 pounds — Matthew DeWitt (Senior), Sterling Quinn (Bozeman), Isaac Romero (Helena), Justin Kovalicky (Sentinel), Gentry Lamb (Skyview), Jaiden James (Bozeman).
132 pounds — Leif Schroeder (Bozeman), Braeden Lomas (GFH), Finn Nadeau (Flathead), Idren Peak (Senior), Scout Allen (Butte), Anthony Liva (Butte).
138 pounds — Carter Carroll (CMR), Lee Lambrecht (Capital), Reece Eckley (Sentinel), Cache Hilliard (GFH), Jayden Ramirez (Senior), Cameron Saveria (Skyview).
145 pounds — Kai Stewart (CMR), Brock Rodrigues (Bozeman), Hunter Meinzen (Big Sky), Jahzriel Peak (Senior), Donovan Mahoney (GFH), Jaden MacNeil (Flathead).
152 pounds — Chance McLane (Bozeman), Carl Anderson (Butte), Dougie Swanson (Big Sky), Caden Hilliard (GFH), Bridger Hall (Hellgate), Austin Ketchum (Skyview).
160 pounds — Coy Cohenour (Bozeman), Devin Crawford (Helena), Jett Rebish (Big Sky), Quinn Sullivan (Butte), Liam Swanson (GFH), Josh Macy (Skyview).
170 pounds — Jace Rhodes (West), Tanner Russell (Flathead), Noah Kovick (Capital), Kole McGrath (Butte), Tyson Krahe (GFH), Trent Helman (Skyview).
182 pounds — Brenner Bushfield (Skyview), Elijah Davis (GFH), Jaydon Hoff (West), Paxton Boyce (Flathead), Jake Slagel (Capital), Austin Endy (Butte).
205 pounds — Kameron Moreno (Butte), Zane McCormick (Capital), Colby Martin (Glacier), Noah Cannon (GFH), Kaden Westlake (Bozeman), Kane Schwartz (CMR).
285 pounds — Levi Malcolm (West), Seth Jensen (Capital), Ethan DeRoche (GFH), Tom Walkup (Bozeman), Tre Kraus (Glacier), Dakota Friesen (Hellgate).