OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - STATE DUALS
When the finals of the Dual-State Wrestling Championships begin Saturday evening look for the traditional wrestling programs to once again be in the hunt to bring home the gold. In fact, if Perry, Tuttle and Collinsville prevail it would mean the seniors on those teams never lost at the Dual-state championships.
In 3A, Perry would have to be a strong favorite to claim their sixth consecutive Dual-state title. The Maroons are currently ranked #1 in 3A and are 9-2 in dual matches this year. Those two losses came to 4A #1 Tuttle and 6A #1 Stillwater. They showed their team depth when they won the team championship at the Jay Hancock Invitational, a tournament that also featured top rated teams from Edmond North, Sand Springs, Yukon and 5A #1 Collinsville. Perry has won Dual-state 13 of the last 15 years and has claimed fourteen Dual-state titles since 1989. On the other side of the bracket are #2 Blackwell and #3 Jay. Perry defeated Blackwell in mid-January 34-28.
The #1 rated Tuttle Tigers look to make it five in a row and come into the championships unbeaten in dual matches this year. Tuttle took first at the Mid American Nationals in December and finished third at the Kansas City Stampede and third at the Geary Invitational behind nationally ranked 6A teams Broken Arrow and Edmond North. Blake Dauphin at 126, Dakota Head at 152 and Dustin Mason at 285 all return as defending state champions. #2 Cushing comes in with 10-2 record with their only losses coming to 3A #1 Perry and 6A #1 Stillwater. Tied for #2 is Vinita who lost in last years finals to Tuttle 43-10.
In 5A, Collinsville has seven wrestlers ranked either #1 or #2 and appear to be a strong favorite to win their fourth straight title with #2 rated Lawton MacArthur close behind. The Cardinals feature nationally ranked Christian Moody and Gary Wayne Harding leading the way. Moody is currently ranked #10 at 113 while Harding is # 6 in the country at 138 pounds. Collinsville defeated MacArthur in last year's finals 31-24. The Highlanders have defending State Champ Garrett Shaw returning at 220 pounds.
6A appears to be the most wide open with the top three rated teams all nationally ranked. Stillwater is ranked #11 while Edmond North and Broken Arrow are ranked 12th and 13th in the country.
Stillwater has six wrestlers ranked first or second in the state and are led by nationally ranked Chandler Rogers who is ranked #9 in the country at 170, Joe Smith is ranked 11th in the country at 145 and Freshman Andrew Nieman is ranked 12th at 106. The defending champion Edmond North Huskies are ranked second behind Stillwater and have five wrestlers ranked nationally with Paxton Rosen #14 at 106 while Derek White is ranked 4th in the country at 195.
The Dixon triplets, Lance, Joel and Andrew are also ranked first or second in the state and in the 11-13 range nationally, depending upon what weight they wrestle. The Huskies have not had their full team since the beginning of the season with various injuries but are confident they can repeat.
Broken Arrow has seven wrestlers ranked in the top four in the state and are lead by the Bailey twins. Tanner Bailey is ranked #2 at 145 while Paden is #1 at 152. Markus Simmons is #1 in the state and #11 in the country at 120. Both Stillwater and Edmond North are unbeaten this year and Broken Arrow's only loss was to Stillwater 37-23.
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