BUTTE — As the Bozeman Hawks prepared to host the 2019 Tom LeProwse Battle in the Bridgers wrestling tournament, the defending Class AA runner-up was ranked No. 1 in the first coaches poll of the new year.
Bozeman, which boasts a pair of No. 1 individual wrestlers — Leif Schroeder at 132 pounds and Chance McLane at 152 — had nine wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes in the poll.
Billings West entered 2019 at No. 2, with defending state champion Jace Rhodes top-ranked at 170 pounds. Fellow Golden Bear Levi Malcom is the No. 1 heavyweight in Class AA. No. 3 Butte also has a pair of top-ranked individuals — 103-pound Keagan Gransbery and Kameron Moreno at 205 pounds.
Great Falls High, Helena Capital and Billings Senior round out the top six teams in the poll.
The two-day LeProwse invitational began Friday morning with wrestlers from all classifications in attendance.
The complete Class AA coaches poll can be found below.
2018-2019 Class AA wrestling poll (Dec. 12)
Great Falls High
103 pounds — Keagan Gransbery (Butte), Wyatt Van Pelt (West), Colton Martello (CMR), Dre Coles (GFH), Hunter Ketchum (Skyview), Jalen Vladic (Senior).
113 pounds — Alejandro Madrid (Senior), Drake Rhodes (West), Easton Shupe (GFH), Wil Queer (Butte), Felix Peterson (Bozeman), Bryson Danzinger (Sentinel).
120 pounds — Carson DeRosier (Capital), Isaac Romero (Helena), RJ Lowdog (West), Tayt Rogers (Bozeman), Gentry Lamb (Skyview), Brenden Barnes (Flathead).
126 pounds — Matthew DeWitt (Senior), Sterling Quinn (Bozeman), Justin Kovalicky (Sentinel), Scout Allen (Butte), Andrew Paradise (CMR), Dayne Martin (Big Sky).
132 pounds — Leif Schroeder (Bozeman), Braeden Lomas (GFH), Jayden Ramirez (Senior), Finn Nadeau (Flathead), Anthony Liva (Butte), Idren Peak (Senior).
138 pounds — Lee Lambrecht (Capital), Carter Carroll (CMR), Reece Eckley (Sentinel), Cameron Saveria (Skyview), Cache Hilliard (GFH), Jaden MacNeil (Flathead).
145 pounds — Kai Stewart (CMR), Hunter Meinzen (Big Sky), Brock Rodriguez (Bozeman), Jahzriel Peak (Senior), Luke Joy (Sentinel), Donovan Mahoney (GFH).
152 pounds — Chance McLane (Bozeman), Dougie Swanson (Big Sky), Carl Anderson (Butte), Caden Hilliard (GFH), Bridger Hall (Hellgate), Austin Ketchum (Skyview).
160 pounds — Devin Crawford (Helena), Coy Cohenour (Bozeman), Jett Rebish (Big Sky), Trystin Gilliam (Capital), Quinn Sullivan (Butte), Josh Macy (Skyview).
170 pounds — Jace Rhodes (West), Tanner Russell (Flathead), Noah Kovick (Capital), Peyton Morton (Senior), Kole McGrath (Butte), Reece Rahn (Sentinel).
182 pounds — Brenner Bushfield (Skyview), Elijah Davis (GFH), Jaydon Hoff (West), Mason Corcoran (Big Sky), Paxton Boyce (Flathead), Austin Endy (Butte).
205 pounds — Kameron Moreno (Butte), Colby Martin (Glacier), Zane McCormick (Capital), Noah Cannon (GFH), Kaden Westlake (Bozeman), Josh Lee (Capital).
285 pounds — Levi Malcolm (West), Seth Jensen (Capital), Ethan DeRoche (GFH), Tre Kraus (Glacier), Tom Walkup (Bozeman), Dakota Friesen (Hellgate).