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I am a little sad that we will only be shooting the preliminary rounds, because there looks like some interesting late round match-ups in the Girls brackets.
There are a handful of ranked wrestlers scattered through the boys brackets – but only a couple of top-10 showdown opportunities, most notably at 152 lb with #4@138lb Baylee Walker of Klein and Cy Falls’ #6@145lb Ali Ezzeddine. The top ranked wrestler in the tournament is Clear Springs’ Kyle Kretzer, #2@170lb. Most ranked wrestlers are entered at higher weight classes than they finished last year, so our voters will have a lot of work to do sorting out where to move boys in the rankings.
The girls’ tournament, on the other hand, will feature four of the 6A #1 ranked wrestlers, and an intriguing #1, #2, #3 lineup at 148lb. Here are the significant potential match-ups:
102 lb: #1@95lb Esthella Trevino of Cy Ridge and #2@102lb Kaitlyn Banas of Klein could make a very competitive and entertaining finale.
128lb: Another potential #1 v #2 – both ranked at 119 – #1 Xochitl Mota-Pettis of Klein and #2 Alissa Sheikh of Cy Creek.
148: The top 3 6A girls will be in this bracket, including Team Texas’ two Fargo Cadet Finalists: 148lb National Champion Nia Miranda comes in ranked 3rd, behind 2nd ranked Peyton Klotzer of Oak Ridge and top ranked Fargo Cadet 138lb runner-up Hunter Robinson of College Park. Two-time 138lb state-placer Robinson, a junior, could establish a solid hold on the #1 spot this weekend, although it is anyone’s guess as to whether she will stay at 148 all season, or cut back down to 138 to get in the mix with seniors DeLeon (former state champ and state runner up) and Liles (Career undefeated, 3x state champ).
#1 Ranked @ 165lb Augustina Ijoma of Cy Falls is the one to beat in the 165lb bracket.
The fifth expected top wrestler, #1 Ranked @185 Ashley Molina of Langham Creek, is currently not listed as a tournament participant, although she does appear on the season roster.
Results and updates will be posted on WrestlingTexas.com over the weekend.