Houston Report: State of the Union

Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Tuesday October 2, 2007

The Houston Report:
The State of the Union. A Preseason Outlook.
And a Look Back on Last Year.

By Russell Pate
ITW Staff Writer

End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End?
2007 will forever mark both an end and a beginning for Houston Wrestling. It was the end of Houston wrestling’s infancy, as the city boasted its first Texas State Champions, the Cinco Ranch Cougars who knocked off perennial state champion Highland Park in one of the most interesting and controversial team titles in recent years.

But Cinco Ranch’s title is not just the end of Houston’s early days, it could also mark the beginning of the end for Dallas’ grip on state supremacy, as the Houston area appears ready to take the next step as a Texas wrestling hotbed.
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The Houston Report:

Bloged in The Houston Report by John Rizzuti Monday March 5, 2007

Final In-Season Houston Report. The Bottom Line!

By Russell Pate
ITW Staff Writer

Here is a late and overdue edition of the Houston Report to wrap up 2006-07. Let me take a look at each state champ from the area.

Study in Heroism – Jamie Sheets
When I use the word hero here, I mean it in the superhero sense, because that’s what he did at State. When he stepped on the mat for the 145 lb. State Finals, Cinco’s Team Title chances looked about like Gotham City’s do before Batman arrives. He changed all of that with :48 seconds that will not be forgotten for a long time. His bookend state titles make an argument for him as the best Houston wrestler not named James Aston. There have been other 2X champs, but none who beat wrestlers the caliber Jamie did for his titles. This title win over undefeated Mike Murray was awesome, but don’t forget that his first championship was won in a weight class that had Shane Doughman and Sean Kitchen in the 3rd place match.

The Final Word – His leadership of Houston’s first state team title will be remembered even more than his pair of individual golds.

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Houston Report Season Preview

Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Monday November 13, 2006

The Houston Report: “Season Preview” and Houston Area Individual Rankings
By Russell Pate
ITW Staff Writer

Each new part will be added daily 11/13 - 11/17

Part I: Monday, November 13
A look at 10 burning questions that loom large in Houston heading into the season, followed by the return of the Houston area Rankings from HoustonEye.

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Houston Report

Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Thursday September 7, 2006

The Houston Report:
Preseason Outlook and “Looking Back on Last Year’s Unreal Season”

By Russell Pate
ITW Staff Writer

When last year arrived it appeared that Houston would be in a rebuilding year. The class of 2005, led by James Aston, had come and gone. It looked questionable whether 2006 would keep up the trend of South Texas gaining ground on the rest of the state. Looking back on the season, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Last season saw depth on a scale that Bayou-area wrestling never had known before. To make the top-ten area teams became a meaningful accomplishment rather than a guarantee for anyone simply with a full lineup of fifteen wrestlers.

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Houston Report/Season Wrap

Bloged in The Houston Report by Russell Pate Monday February 27, 2006

I won’t write a traditional state wrap here, as it has been done so well by so many already. Instead I will write a season wrap, including a look at wrestling in Houston as a whole, a look at each of our 3 state champions, and a quick glance ahead to 2007.

Let me begin my season wrap by saying that Houston Wrestling offers the best High School Coaching in the state.

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Houston Report/Season Wrap

Bloged in The Houston Report by Russell Pate Monday February 27, 2006

I won’t write a traditional state wrap here, as it has been done so well by so many already. Instead I will write a season wrap, including a look at wrestling in Houston as a whole, a look at each of our 3 state champions, and a quick glance ahead to 2007.

Let me begin my season wrap by saying that Houston Wrestling offers the best High School Coaching in the state.

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Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Monday February 20, 2006

This State preview edition of the Houston Report will not deal with any team predictions, but rather with the 10 Houston wrestlers with the best shot at a state title this saturday. In no particular order they are…

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Region 3 Preview and Rankings

Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Wednesday February 8, 2006

Allen has always done a fine job hosting the Regional Tournament, and this year should be no different. The team race will be close as always, with many of the usual suspects (expect 5 of last year’s top 6 to be in again; Allen, Rockwall, Lake Highlands, Cinco Ranch, and Woodlands). But the winner of this years tournament will likely be…………

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Region 3 early edition

Bloged in News and Information, The Houston Report by Russell Pate Wednesday February 1, 2006

The focus this week shifts to District Tournaments, but district is truly just the first step in a survivor series culminating in Austin the 4th week of February. I will take a quick look at the District Team races in this edition of the Houston Report, and then will offer an early edition look at Region 3 (to be expanded to a full report after districts).

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Houston Report- Regional Duals Preview

Bloged in The Houston Report by Russell Pate Thursday January 12, 2006

Houston Report
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The Houston City Duals will be the biggest event of its kind in the state. Most importantly it will crown who the best in the area really is, and will also decide the area’s 4 representatives for the state dual tournament. It has always been an unfortunate joke that we invite/appoint teams to the “STATE” Dual tournament, rather than having some kind of qualifier. This selected field means the teams who call themselves “State” champions at the end are really not. This is not to take away from them, they are worthy champions, they are just not state champions if everyone in the state is not somehow involved.

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