SIDNEY — Three newcomers to the No. 1 ranking highlight this week’s Class A wrestling polls.
Michael Golden, Shane Gibson and Taylor Gladeau all find themselves top-ranked in their respective weight classes entering the weekend’s Class A wrestling duals in Belgrade.
Golden, a 132-pound Hamilton senior, was moved from the 138-pound weight class where he was ranked second last week. Golden placed third at the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic over the weekend in the 132-pound division. Last winter, he placed third at the State A wrestling tournament at 126 pounds.
Gladeau was also a third-place finisher at state last year for Columbia Falls, and vaulted from unranked to No. 1 in the heavyweight division. He also finished as the No. 3 wrestler at the Jug Beck.
Livingston’s Gibson, who placed sixth last season as a junior, climbed one spot in the 205-pound division this week.
Defending state champion Sidney and perennial power Havre High remain the top two teams, with Frenchtown, Polson and Columbia Falls rounding out the top five. The Eagles have top-ranked individuals in Christian Dean (138 pounds) and Jett Jones (182).
Mick Chagnon (103) and Martin Wilkie (145) pace Havre High.
The latest Class A wrestling polls can be found below.
2018-2019 Class A wrestling poll (Jan. 18)
103 pounds — Mick Chagnon (Havre), Landen Stewart (Frenchtown), Kolby Hutzenbiler (Sidney), Eli Warner (Frenchtown), Riley Pleninger (Havre), Gavin Knutson (Polson).
113 pounds — Walker Dyer (Frenchtown), Kaiden Cline (Sidney), Rene Pierre (Polson), Braxton Sheeler (Miles City), Orion Barta (Columbia Falls), Ivan Lee (Laurel).
120 pounds — Jake Bibler (Frenchtown), Cameron Pleninger (Havre), Buddy Doolin (Libby), Jordan Darby (Sidney), Kedrick Baker (Polson), Jimmy Schmitt (Corvallis).
126 pounds — Cooper Birdwell (Lewistown), Dante Venema (Corvallis), Everett Jensen (Sidney), Maysn Cowell (Polson), Keagan Thompson (Laurel), Jordan Meadows (Columbia Falls).
132 pounds — Michael Golden (Hamilton), Damien Leidholt (Miles City), Aden Graves (Sidney), Carter Brown (Corvallis), Zane Walchuck (Ronan), Zach Morrison (Libby).
138 pounds — Christian Dean (Sidney), Lane Paulson (Havre), Kade Graves (Sidney), Tristan Davis (Corvallis), Adrian Garcia (Hamilton), Keagan Campbell (Laurel).
145 pounds — Martin Wilkie (Havre), Trey Thompson (Libby), Bridger Williams (Hamilton), Zander Burnison (Sidney), Caleb Pierre (Polson), Kaid Campbell (Miles City).
152 pounds — John Mears (Belgrade), Jace Winter (Sidney), Connor Harris (Havre), Bridger Wenzel (Polson), Cody Grace (Libby), Trevyn Nave (Lewistown).
160 pounds — Cooper Hoffman (Dillon), Riley Waters (Sidney), Duane Otto (Lewistown), Kyler Pancake (Stevensville), Conner Schwend (Hardin), Sam Despain (Columbia Falls).
170 pounds — Nelson Crisafulli (Glendive), Hunter Frisch (Polson), Trevor Dean (Sidney), Keaton Potter (Lewistown), Kevin Aiken (Belgrade), Lucas Thatcher (Columbia Falls).
182 pounds — Jett Jones (Sidney), Colten McPhee (Columbia Falls), Cameron Younger (Laurel), Tate Jones (Frenchtown), Logan Adler (Polson), Tommy Campbell (Browning).
205 pounds — Shane Gibson (Livingston), Tyler Harms (Miles City), Austin Ratliff (Havre), Justin May (Ronan), Levi Downard (Frenchtown), Ryan Wyman (Sidney).
285 pounds — Taylor Gladeau (Columbia Falls), Wacey Zuback (Browning), Cody Miller (Frenchtown), Keegan Mires (Glendive), Brodey Skogen (Sidney), Jasper Drake (Polson).