Kaylee LaPier, Mason Christian capture individual titles
BOZEMAN — Saturday was another good day for the Butte High wrestling teams.
Butte High’s girls placed second overall at the Tom LeProwse Invitational at Gallatin High School. The Bulldog boys placed third in the meet named after a Butte High Diamond B.
Kaylee LaPier and Mason Christion captured individual titles to highlight the day for the Bulldogs.
“The girls have made huge strides since their last tourney at CMR,” Butte High coach Cory Johnston said, referring to the CMR Holiday Classic. “We avenged several losses from that tournament, and they’re moving in the right direction.”
LaPier pinned her sister Madyson LaPier in the championship match of the girls’ 103-pound division. Chaeli Scown placed second in the 170-pound division.
Three Bulldogs placed third on the girls’ side. Aydin Gonzalez at 113, Teyla Edwards at 126 and Rian Ferriter at 205 all captured bronze for Butte High.
Jessie LaPier (103 pounds) and Hayla Hoffman (170) both placed fifth. Ashley Wilcox (205) placed sixth, Taylor Burke (120) finished seventh, and Bella Real (113) took eighth. Also, Makena Bazo took second in the round-robin heavyweight division.
Christian took gold in the 182-pound division for the Bulldog boys. After getting Stetson Davis of Powell, Wyoming in a 13-2 major decision in the semifinals, Christian beat Livingston’s Cade Cubler 6-4 in the title match.
Butte’s Kip Pumnea placed second at 132 pounds. He fell to Carter Schmidt of Belgrade in the chipper.
Also for Butte High, Trey Whitlock (113) and Connor Konda (145) placed fourth; Maverick McEwen (138), Karson Pumnea (126) and Cole Worley (120) took fifth; Gavin Vetter (160) and Riley Downey (170) placed sixth; and Cade Schleeman (285) took eighth.
“The boys, overall, wrestled a phenomenal tournament,” Johnston said. “We had kids in every class (freshman through senior) place, which says a lot about where we are as a program. The best part is we have a ton of room for improvement.”
Next up for the Bulldogs is next week’s Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic in Missoula.
Click here for complete results of the Tom LeProwse Invitational.