BOZEMAN — It seems like old times at the Bozeman High School gym.
Butte High has scored 106 team points, and the Bulldogs lead the Tom LeProwse Invitational wrestling tournament after the first day.
The Bulldogs have eight wrestlers who have already clinched at least a top-eight finish, and two — Gabe Tierney and Jeff Queer — have reached the semifinals.
Bozeman sits in second place at 102 points. Billings Skyview is third at 96.5, followed by Polson at 96 and Billings Senior at 87.5. (Complete results)
“It was a fun day,” Butte High coach Cory Johnston said. “Tomorrow is a new day, and it will still be a dogfight. But it was a great step.”
Butte Central also had a good step. Two out of three Maroons are still alive, and Clay Fisher advanced to the semifinals.
Tierney reached the final four at 120 pounds. He will take on Sterling Quinn of Bozeman in the semifinals Saturday. Quinn edged Tierney 3-2 in the semifinals of the CMR Holiday Classic last month in Great Falls. Tierney battled back to place third in that tournament.
Queer will take on Michael Lee of Kalispell Flathead in the heavyweight semifinals. Queer’s rival Merlin Whitedirt of Colstrip is on the other side of the bracket. Whitedirt won when the two meet in the CMR Holiday Classic finals, while Queer won last week in the All-Star Dual in Great Falls.
Both matches went to overtime.
Kameron Moreno, at 182 pounds, advanced to the quarterfinals before falling. He is still alive in the consolation bracket.
Greyson Mandic, at 205 pounds, also reached the quarterfinals before heading to the consolation bracket, where he is still competing.
Wil Queer (103 pounds), Scout Allen (126), Carl Anderson (160) and Kobe Moreno (170) are still fighting in the consolation brackets for Butte High.
Central’s Fisher will take on Carter Carroll of Great Falls Russell in the 126-pound semifinals. BC’s Roy Russell is still alive in the 103-pound division consolation bracket.
The tournament resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday.