The Statewide wrestling divisional tournaments will take place this weekend with the local AA teams traveling to Kalispell on Friday, while the Elkhorn area B/C clubs make the trip to Columbus on Saturday.

Here's a look at what is ahead for them.

Class AA

Capital and Helena will partake in the Western AA meet at Flathead High. The top-eight placers in each weight class in the unscored tournament qualify for State, which takes place in Billings at the all-class tourney on Feb. 9-10.

The Bruins, under coach Jeff Mahana, are led by eight matmen with winning records. Seniors Travis Schulte, at 145 pounds is 33-8 (16 pins), and heavyweight Justin Jenks is 16-12 are the top wrestlers to watch. Schulte recently achieved his 100th career win.

Capital juniors Seth Jensen, at 205, is 30-7 with 20 pins; Lee Lambrecht is 20-3 at 132; and Cole Bradford is 18-10 at 138. Sophomore Tyler Coddington at 120 is 12-2, while freshmen Noah Kovick is 26-6 and Hayden Azure is 3-0, at 138 and 126, respectively.

For coach John Burke’s Bengals, last year's state champion Isaac Romero paces a trio of grapplers above .500. Romero owns a sparkling 31-3 mark at 113 pounds with 17 pins.

Devin Crawford is 35-6 with 19 pins at 138, while Austin Murphy is 29-11 (15 pins). Crawford is also sitting on 100 career victories, while Murphy is at 98.

“As a team our goal this weekend is to wrestle one match at a time to the best of our abilities and focus on winning all scrambles in matches,” coach Burke said. “This should give all the wrestlers a good opportunity to gain the wins needed to advance to the state tournament.”

Class B/C

Coach Troy Humphrey’s Jefferson wrestlers are rated among the division favorites, and figure to battle Whitehall and Townsend for the team title.

There are four Panthers with 23-or-more wins, led by Jacob Travis at 138 pounds at 34-9 with 27 pins. Next are Nate Brunett at 160, a two-time Southern division titlist at 29-6 (24 pins); Cody St. Clair at 120 with a 28-10 (23 pins) mark; and Derek Nygaard at 27-12 (25 pins) at 182.

Rounding out Jefferson's winningest matmen are heavyweights Nathan Rasch at 24-10 (20 pins), Nick Workman at 20-7, and Dakota Dorn at 23-14 (20 pins); Drake Schake at 19-5 at 182; and 170-pounder Brett Hale with an 18-8 mark.

Townsend, winner of last year’s Southern B/C crown, is led by three defending titlists; Kameron Rauser at 152 with a 31-5 mark and 26 pins, Kyle Spritzer at 170 at 27-8, and Justin Denton with a 30-11 record at 182.

The rest of coach John O’Dell’s top grapplers include Sam Lane (27-10) at 103, Easton Held (36-5, 27 pins) at 126, Ty Henry Steele (25-12) at 145, Will Lane (18-8) at 152, and 205-pounder Jadon Lamb (28-9).

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