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UIL State Championships – 5A Boys Finals Preview

THe 5A boys team title is too close to call. Dumas comes in with 88 points, Liberty has 82, Canyon Randall 81 and Centennial has 80.  All eyes will be on the 152lb final.  A win by Zach Garza of Dumas could put them on top, but it’s no easy task against undefeated #1 defending champ Robison of Frisco Liberty. If Robison prevails, then the title is up for grabs and could come down to the 220lb final.  But wait a minute, Randall is favored to win in the 106 and 126 final – which would add at least 8 points and put them in the lead, two pins and they can take a 5 point lead and force Garza to score a pin to take the title. Liberty is favored in the 132 final, which could draw them within 2 points of the lead – then they would need their #1 ranked Robison to prevail in the 152 final to overtake Dumas against undefeated #2 Garza.  But then they have Centennial’s top ranked Noah Sims in the 220lb final against Rowe – which could decide the team champion. Our assessment – slight edge to Randall.

Looking at individual matches:

106 – 5A Semi-Finals
#2 Tyler Brennan of Frisco vs #1 Johnathon Ortegon of Canyon Randall – Ortega is returning state champ, Randall will need the team points (and even a pin) to keep pace.

113 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Gregory Coapstick of Frisco Centennial v  #4 Javier Vasquez of Vernon – Coapstick was runner up last year and is a 3-time finalist looking for his first championship, Vasquez took 3rd at 106.

120 – 5A Semi-Finals
#4 Bryan Pena of Lubbock vs #2 Heath Roth of Argyle. Roth is undefeated Freshman.

126 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Xavier Torres of Canyon Randall vs #3 Patrick Heidelberg of Carrollton Creekview. Torres won as a Freshman, took 3rd last year.

132 – 5A Semi-Finals
#3 Jonathan Green of Frisco Liberty vs #8 Michael Kumlien of Northwest. Green took 5th last year.

138 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Jake Gibbs of Bushland vs #3 Carter Dorsett of Ft Worth Boswell.  Dorsett is undefeated, Gibbs took 3rd at 132lb last year.

145 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Christian Hernandez of El Paso Bel Air v. #6 Larenzo Mays of Humble, Hernandez placed 3rd at 145 last year.

152 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Jordan Robison of Frisco Liberty vs #2 Zach Garza of Dumas. Robison is returning state champ, Garze was runner up at 145, both are undefeated this year.

160 – 5A Semi-Finals
#2 Harley Coons of College Station A&m Consolidated vs #3 Israel Herrera of Hereford.  Coons finished 3rd last year at 152, Herrera finished 5th at 145

170 – 5A Semi-Finals
#3 Dillon Thomas of Ft Worth Chisholm Trail vs #1 Dylan Rowling of Leander Rouse, Thomas is undefeated. Rowling placed 4th at 160

182 – 5A Semi-Finals
#7 Larson Hanks of Vernon vs #1 Jay Gonzales of Ft Worth Chisholm Trail. Gonzalez placed 3rd at 170 last year

195 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Aidan Conner of Highland Park Hs vs #3 Joshua Molinar El Paso Eastlake. Molinar finished 3rd at 182

220 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Noah Sims of Frisco Centennial vs #8 Blaine Rowe of Frisco Liberty. Sims is defending state champion.

285 – 5A Semi-Finals
#1 Brian Andrews of Grapevine vs #2 Peyton Stafford of Amarillo. Andrews is going for his 3rd state championship.