Three local AA wrestlers captured championships at Bozeman's LeProwse Invitational on Saturday, while Helena High just missed a team trophy and placed fourth.
Helena's titlists were sophomore Isaac Romero at 103 pounds and senior Hayden Schrull at 182, and Capital High's champion was sophomore 205-pounder Seth Jensen.
Bozeman High claimed the team crown, amassing 198 points, outdistancing runner-up Billings Skyview at 163.5, and Butte High with 140.5. HHS finished fourth, just one point out of third with 139.5 points, and Capital came in eighth at 120.5. Rounding out the AA schools in the Top 8 in the 27-team tourney were Billings Senior in sixth (132) and Great Falls High in seventh (127.5).
Romero posted tech falls in both the semifinals and final, over Abraham Stapleton (Billings Senior) and Gentry Lamb (Skyview), respectively. Schrull, the defending State AA champion, grassed all four of his opponents, including Finn VaughanKrask (Bozeman) in the semis, and Ty Dearcorn (Powell, Wyo.) in the title bout.
Both Bengal matmen have yet to taste defeat, and Romero improves to 18-0 (nine pins) and Schrull moves to 17-0 (12 pins).
"Both Isaac and Hayden's performances in the finals showed just how dominant they were this weekend; to get a tech fall and a pin the finals is really hard to do," said coach John Burke, whose HHS grapplers posted the program's highest finish in the Bozeman tourney in nearly 30 years. "I'm proud of how hard they wrestled."
Jensen stapled Will Caprata (Hardin) to reach the title bout, where he edged Blake Johnston (Colstrip) in triple overtime, 2-1. He lifted his record to 13-4 (six pins).
"Seth's been getting better and better every week ... he wrestled like an animal (this weekend)," CHS coach Jeff Mahana said of Jensen, who is the Bruins' first Bozeman champ since Seth Schroeck turned the trick in 2014. "He hit a Grandby (roll) in the finals to get away for the triple-overtime win."
Capital senior Nick Kunz was the fourth local to reach the final, at 120, with a 1-0 win over Chance McLane (Bozeman). He then dropped a 9-4 decision to Charlie Klepps (Skyview) to finish runner-up. It was Kunz's first loss of the year, as he slips to 16-1 with seven pins.
Helena's Noah Manibusan and JT Nygaard both placed third, at 160 and 182. Manibusan stands at 17-2, while Nygaard is 9-4.
Another Bengal placer was Joel Clark, who took fifth at 170. Rounding out the Bruins on the podium were fifth-placers Nolan Dulaney at 113, Nick McVey-Touchette at 145, Jack Murphy at 152, and Justin Jenks at 205; and in sixth Travis Schulte at 145, and Kory Broussard at 170.