Bulldogs stay at No. 5, Whitlock still No. 1

Bulldogs stay at No. 5, Whitlock still No. 1

Butte High’s boys’ wrestling team is still ranked No. 5 in the Class AA in the latest power poll, which was released today.

Nine Bulldogs are ranked individually, with junior Trey Whitlock still sitting in the top spot at 103 pounds.

Billings Senior is the top-ranked team. Kalispell Flathead is No. 2, followed by Great Falls High and Billings West. Helena Capital is No. 6.

Freshman Maverick McEwen (at 113 pounds) and sophomore Zach Tierney (285) are ranked No. 3, while senior Keagan Gransbery (126) and sophomore Kip Pumnea (132) are ranked No. 4. Bulldogs junior Kyler Raiha (120) and sophomore Mason Christian (182) are ranked No. 5, and junior Connor Konda (138) and senior Anthony Liva (152) are ranked No. 6.

Whitlock, McEwen, Raiha and Tierney are 5-0 on the season.

The rankings are compiled by former high school coach and principal Ken Stuker, who ranks Butte High’s battle at Missoula Sentinel on Friday as one of the featured duals of the week. Featured matches of the week include Gransbery against Sentinel’s Bryson Danzinger and Pumnea against Israel Moreno of Missoula Big Sky/Loyola.

Montana AA Wrestling Ranking
Jan. 27 (Through matches January 26)

Team Ranking (based on awarding points for each ranked wrestler) 1, Billings Senior 100 (5-1); 2, Flathead 94 (6-0); 3, Great Falls High 93 (5-1); 4, Billings West 93 (6-1); 5, Butte 64 (4-1); 6, Capital 44 (5-1)

Feature Duals of the Week:
(2) Kalispell Flathead vs (6) Helena Capital in Helena on Friday.
(5) Butte vs Missoula Sentinel in Missoula on Friday

Feature Matches of the Week:
138:  1, Carson DesRosier (6-0), Capital; vs 2, Asher Kemppaninen (5-0), Flathead;
126:  4, Keagan Gransberry (4-1), Butte; vs 5, Bryson Danzinger (4-1), Sentinel
132:  3, Israel Moreno (6-0), Big Sky/Loyola; vs 4, Kip Pumnea (4-1), Butte
170:  3, Chase Youso (6-0), Flathead; vs 4, Justice Seamons (3-2), Helena High
285:  4, Timber Richberg (4-1), Flathead; vs 5, Talon Marsh (3-1), Capital;

Individuals
103 — Keyan Hernandez picked up three wins this past week including one over Cooper Samson.  Number four Davin Naldrett defeated number six Garrett Bosch.  Rankings: 1, Trey Whitlock (5-0), Butte; 2, Keyan Hernandez (7-0), West; 3, Junior Madrid (5-1), Senior; 4, Davin Naldrett (5-1), Flathead; 5, Cooper Samson (3-2), Great Falls High; 6, Kaleb O’Shea (4-2), Helena High

113 — Jase Van Pelt scored three wins over the last week.  Number two Colton Gutenberger defeated number six Demetri Sallaris on Tuesday and Keagan Crosby took over in the six spot.  Rankings: 1, Jase Van Pelt (7-0), West; 2, Colton Gutenberger (5-1), Belgrade; 3, Maverick McEwen (5-0), Butte; 4, Holden Howe (3-0), Senior; 5, Josh Melton (5-1), Glacier; 6, Keagan Crosby (3-0), Sentinel

120 — Mason Gutenberger moved up to 126 and lost to the number two wrestler Logan Cole.  Nathan Elmose defeated Rahn to move into the number six spot.  Rankings: 1, Teegan Vasquez (6-0), Glacier; 2, Jaylen Vladic (6-0), Senior; 3, Mason Gutenberger (5-1), Belgrade; 4, Hunter Ketchem (6-1), Skyview; 5, Kyler Raiha (5-0), Butte; 6, Nathan Elmose (3-1), Helena High

126 — Jesse Aarness won three matches including a win over number six Aaron Liscum.  Bryson Danzinger moved up to 132 and lost to the number three wrestler Israel Moreno.  Rankings: 1, Jesse Aarness (6-0), West; 2, Logan Cole (5-1), Senior; 3, Ethan Freund (5-0), Flathead; 4, Keagan Gransberry (4-1), Butte; 5, Bryson Danzinger (4-1), Sentinel; 6, Aaron Liscum (2-1), Great Falls High

132 — In a one versus two match-up, Idren Peak defeated Carter Schmidt 3-0 to take over the number one ranking.  Talon Barrington picked up three wins this past week to move into number five.  While Isaiah Dormady lost to Barrington and defeated Nathaniel Hoff to capture number six.  Rankings: 1, Idren Peak (4-0), Senior; 2, Carter Schmidt (4-1), Belgrade; 3, Israel Moreno (6-0), Big Sky/Loyola; 4, Kip Pumnea (4-1), Butte; 5, Talon Barrington (5-2), Skyview; 6, Isaiah Dormady (1-1), Great Falls High

138 — RJ Lowdog picked up three wins this past week to move to 7-0 on the season.  Rankings: 1, Carson DesRosier (6-0), Capital; 2, Asher Kemppaninen (5-0), Flathead; 3, RJ Lowdog (7-0), West; 4, Mason Huber (1-1), Great Falls; 5, Anders Thompson (4-0), Flathead; 6, Connor Konda (4-3), Butte

145 — Gavin Stodtmeister defeated number two Colton Martello to re-enter the rankings at number five.  Rankings: 1, Avery Allen (2-0), Bozeman High; 2, Cade Troupe (4-0), Flathead; 3, Irish Furthmyre (5-0), Great Falls High; 4, Jesse Horner (6-0), Sentinel; 5, Gavin Stodtmeister (4-3), West; 6, Colton Martello (2-1), CMR

152 — Number one Drake Rhodes defeated number three Paolo Salminen on Tuesday and both had wins over Hilliard this past week.    Rankings: 1, Drake Rhodes (7-0), West; 2, Fin Nadeau (3-0), Flathead; 3, Paolo Salminen (6-1); Skyview; 4, Blake Jolma (5-1), Sentinel; 5, Cache Hilliard (3-2), Great Falls High 6, Anthony Liva (4-1), Butte

160 — Cameron Savaria moved to 7-0 with seven falls including the number three wrestler (AJ Lafurge) and the number four (Donovan Mahoney).  Rankings: 1, Hunter Meinzen (6-0), Big Sky/Loyola; 2, Cameron Savaria (7-0), Skyview; 3, Noah Poe-Hatten (5-1), Flathead; 4, AJ Lafurge (4-1), CMR; 5, Donovan Mahoney (4-1), Great Falls High; 6, Conner Kovick (5-1), Capital

170 — Justice Seamons defeated Dylan Graham and moved to number 4 in the rankings.  Rankings: 1, Thomas Klepps (3-0), Senior; 2, Brendan Lockhart (5-0), Great Falls High; 3, Chase Youso (6-0), Flathead; 4, Justice Seamons (3-2), Helena High 5, Dylan Graham (5-1), Capital; 6, Isaiah Murch (2-1), Senior

182 — Chris Garcia defeated Dilen Barrington to move into the rankings at number four.  Ian Isaacson won his fourth straight match with a win over McKay.   Rankings:  1, Peyton Morton (4-0), Senior; 2, Liam Swanson (4-1), Great Falls; 3, Ryan Nelson (6-0), Flathead; 4, Chris Garcia (4-2), West; 5, Mason Christian (3-1), Butte; 6, Ian Isaacson (5-1), Capital

205 — Charlie Desmarais moved to number three after defeating Xaden Cunningham 12-3.  Rankings: 1, Elijah Davis (5-0), Great Falls; 2, Noah Kovick (6-0), Capital; 3, Charlie Desmarais (4-2), Senior; 4, Xaden Cunningham (4-2), Belgrade; 5, Zac Crews (5-1), Sentinel; 6, Gaige Winter (5-1), Flathead

285 — In a match-up of number one versus number two, Ethan DeRoche defeated Jaydon Hoff this past week.  Rankings: 1, Ethan DeRoche (5-0), Great Falls; 2, Jaydon Hoff (6-1), West; 3, Zack Tierney (5-0), Butte; 4, Timber Richberg (4-1), Flathead; 5, Talon Marsh (3-1), Capital; 6, Idellio Michelotti (3-1), CMR



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