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By the numbers – 2017 UIL State Championships – 6A boys and girls

by Tom Dendy

In case you haven’t noticed, the staff has been burning the midnight oil all weekend, studying regional brackets, researching new additions to our top 20, debating policy on rankings, and even contemplating social issues like gender identity.  Rankings have been updated and will be posted Wednesday morning.  After some extended debate, and acknowledgement that we absolutely didn’t get it right, we have ranked in the top 20 only the state qualifiers and alternates.  And yes, we can quickly cite several examples where an unranked wrestler, who just ran into the wrong two opponents at regionals is clearly superior to a state alternate from a different region – it happens.  But for simplicity and our own sanity, our final rankings will include only the 20 athletes still in the hunt this week.

Earlier this week, we published a detailed preview of the 6A boys tournament, here we will examine the team races in all four contests.  Later, the detailed preview of 5A boys and all girls will be posted as well.

Team overview – 6A Boys

If they haven’t already, Allen should have their “8 in a row” state championship t-shirts printed and ready to hand out halfway through the semi final matches, which is just about when the closest challenger will be mathematically eliminated.  With 13 qualifiers in the 14 weight classes, Allen will be racking up the team points early and often.

The other team trophies will be hotly contested.  Rockwall and El Paso Franklin each have 8 boys in the tournament, Southlake Carroll has 7 and San Antonio Reagan has 6. However, if you look at how many wrestlers are ranked in the top half of the field, Arlington Martin and Carroll have 5 each, followed by Katy with 4 and a six teams with 3.  Looking at the distribution of top-6 ranked wrestlers, where the placement points start adding in, then the field opens up, Carroll has 4 top-6 ranked boys, but none in the top 3, Arlington Bowie, Austin Vandegrift and El Paso Eastwood suddenly look like contenders with 3 each and Katy looks solid as well.  Here is a summary of who has wrestlers ranked in the top 8:

School12345678Grand Total
Arlington Martin2125
Southlake Carroll1315
El Paso Franklin213
San Antonio Reagan123
Euless Trinity1113
Austin Vandegrift123
El Paso Eastwood1113
Arlington Bowie1113
Killeen Ellison112
H Westside112
Houston Clear Lake112
San Antonio Johnson112
Houston Cyp. Woods112
Killeen Shoemaker112
Cibolo Steele112
McKinney Boyd112
Austin Bowie112
Richardson Lake Highlands112
Austin Westlake112
Keller Timber Creek22
Katy Seven Lakes112
Humble Summer Creek11
San Antonio Churchill11
Austin Lake Travis11
Keller Central11
Lewisville Flower Mound11
Keller Fossil Ridge11
Houston Cyp. Lakes11
Katy Cinco Ranch11
Houston Cyp. Fair11
Conroe The Woodlands11
Humble Kingwood11
Houston Jersey Village11
New Braunfels11
Klein Oak11
Plano East11
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln11
Richardson Pearce11
LC Clear Creek11
Katy Mayde Creek11
LC Clear Springs11
Arlington Lamar11
Houston Cyp. Falls11
Houston Langham Crk11
Katy Tompkins11
Grand Total1414141414141414112

Team Overview – 6A – Girls

Well, one thing is for certain – there is no dynasty in the 6A girls division.  Former team champions Cinco Ranch and Cy Ridge are coming into the tournament with a single qualifier each, 2014 champion Amarillo Tascosa only has four.  Euless Trinity has the most entrants with 9, South Grand Prairie has 8, Morton Ranch 7, Oak Ridge 5 and 9 teams have 4.  Looking at top-8 ranked wrestlers, Trinity leads with 5, Morton Ranch has 4, then La Joya Juarez Lincoln and Arlington pop into the picture with 3 each.

I we look at top-6 ranked girls, then suddenly there are a dozen teams all clumped in together near the top. This could be a two team race between Trinity and Morton Ranch, with the only potential head to head match-up at 110lb. (this is all the comment we will make for now on that weight class:  let’s just let the kids wrestle and sort out the rules and regulatory questions in the off season).

At least 10 teams have a legitimate shot at bringing home a trophy from state.  We’ll be reporting on this one after each round.

Here is a summary of who has wrestlers ranked in the top 8:

School12345678Grand Total
Euless Trinity12115
Katy Morton Ranch1124
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln1113
San Antonio Johnson213
Arlington Martin112
La Joya112
El Paso Franklin112
Arlington Houston112
Katy Seven Lakes112
New Braunfels112
Austin Bowie112
South Grand Prairie112
El Paso El Dorado22
Ft Worth Paschal112
Houston Cyp. Ranch112
Houston Cyp. Woods112
Amarillo Tascosa11
LC Clear Springs11
Houston Cyp. Lakes11
Comal Smithson Valley11
Conroe Woodlands College Park11
Austin Akins11
Houston Cyp. Ridge11
Edinburg Economedes11
Vista Ridge11
Arlington Bowie11
Katy Cinco Ranch11
La Joya Palmview11
Katy Mayde Creek11
El Paso Socorro11
Edinburg Vela11
McAllen Memorial11
El Paso Americas11
PSJA North11
Keller Central11
Keller Fossil Ridge11
Houston Cyp. Fair11
Houston Cyp. Falls11
Killeen Shoemaker11
Houston Langham Crk11

Next: By the numbers – 5A boys and girls