In the Montana Tournament of Champions’ most recent all-class wrestling poll, Flathead senior Connor Thomas is still the top rated heavyweight wrestler in the state. The only other wrestler from Northwest Montana ranked No. 1 is Taylor Vaughn of Eureka at 171 pounds.
Other regional wrestlers to make the list are: Christian Knopp of Glacier, fifth at 98; Kaleb Mitchell of Glacier, third at 105; Craig Feistner of Polson, sixth at 112; Justin Whitman of Columbia Falls, fourth at 125; Cody Tally of Flathead, fifth at 125; Jake Young of Polson, sixth at 135; Kyle Leir of Libby, second at 140; Shane St. Onge of Glacier, fifth at 152; Steel Hahn of Flathead, sixth at 152; Larry Francis of Flathead, fourth at 160; Cole McArthur of Ronan, sixth at 160; Toby Cheff of Ronan, second at 189; Kody Berget of Libby, sixth at 189; and Josiah Clairmont of Polson, third at heavyweight.
The poll, sponsored by Great Falls law firm Hoyt and Blewett PLLC, ranks the top wrestlers from Class AA, A and B/C combined, whereas other polls are restricted to individual classes. The law firm organizes the Tournament of Champions, held this year for the third time on Feb. 19 in Great Falls.
The goal of the tournament is to find the best of the best in Montana high school wrestling, while bringing exposure to the sport.
According to the website:
The Tournament of Champions will help generate interest in the sport of wrestling by creating a forum where the best wrestlers in the state can compete against each other, a true champion will be crowned at each weight class, and the participants will receive the type of notoriety they deserve.
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