Havre may be the defending State A champion with 10 team title to its credit; Sidney and Corvallis may be state powers with a handful of crowns as well.
But it’s Columbia Falls with a classification-high 18 state qualifiers at the all-class tournament at Billings’ Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark this week.
The MatCats won the Northwestern A divisional tournament last week in Libby with seven champions, but 11 more boys finished in the top four to punch their tickets to state, which begins Friday. Still, it’s not much of a headstart over the perennial powers. Havre, Sidney and Southwestern A champ Corvallis each bring 17 to the party.
Stay tuned to Missoulian.com for more info previewing the State A wrestling tournament.