It isn't often Billings wrestling fans get to see Wyoming teams like Cody and Powell in town.
But that will be the case Thursday night at 6 p.m. when the two schools will be at the Billings Senior gym to take on the Broncs and Billings Skyview Falcons.
The Billings teams will each meet both of the Wyoming schools. The first dual is set for 6, followed by the concluding match at 7:30 p.m. The matches were not on the original schedules and were recently added.
Second-ranked Skyview is 6-1 in duals, while fourth-ranked Senior is 5-1.
Then, on Jan. 12 more Wyoming schools invade Billings as Casper Kelly Walsh is at the Golden Dome to take on Senior and West at 5 p.m. West has a 4-2 duals record.
Also newly added to the Billings public schools schedule is Belgrade and Forsyth coming to town and meeting up at Skyview Jan. 10. The Falcons face Belgrade, Class A's fifth-ranked team, at 3 p.m.. Belgrade will battle the defending state B-C champion and top-ranked Dogies at 5 p.m. The nightcap pits Skyview against Forsyth at 7 p.m. Sounds like a good night.
Do you the Billings fans like the new additions to the schedule? Forsyth and Belgrade should be stiff competition for the Falcons. Who will win those duals? How will Kelly Walsh do against Senior and West?
This isn't just a Class AA blog. Are you the fans looking forward to any duals/tourneys in other classifications? If so, why? Do you have any predictions for the upcoming Cowboy in Miles City Jan. 13-14? It is annually considered one of the top tourneys in the state.
In Class B-C rankings, we've definitely noticed one thing. Eastern schools sure have some powerful grapplers. Looking at top-ranked matmen from Dec. 20, there are Colt McDaniel of Forsyth at 98, Shay Snider of Harlem at 105, Taylor French of Forsyth at 130, Chris Nile of Forsyth at 135, Luke Zeiger of Glasgow at 140, Dallen Brauer of Forsyth at 152, Mason Melby of Baker at 171 and Tucker Yates of Colstrip at heavyweight.
That is an impressive list.
The East looks to be just as heavy hitting in Class A. In their poll from Dec. 22 the top-ranked grapplers from that part of the state are: Gresh Jones of Sidney at 112, Karson Kukes of Laurel at 119, Tyler Kinn of Glendive at 125, Jordan Stevens of Sidney at 130, Kolter Kukes of Laurel at 135, Ryan Gosselin of Laurel at 171 and Allen Neulib of Sidney at heavyweight.
Any idea as to why Eastern wrestlers occupy so many of the top spots in both polls?