Great Wrestling at the Grape

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday January 7, 2007

by Peter Dewey
ITW Senior Writer

Just when you think the wrestling at the Grapevine Duals can’t get any better, it does. There was no match this weekend between New Orleans Jesuit and Highland Park. But noone seemed to miss it. On Saturday in particular there were duals between top ranked teams everywhere you turned. Most were being decided by the very last matches. Top ranked wrestlers were battling each other. In some cases more than once. Upsets abounded. New stars were emerging. Top teams were establishing a pecking order. When the gym finally cleared NOJ reclaimed the Championship they have won three of the past five years. But to do so they had to survive not one but two intense duals with Arlington Bowie. And Bowie left absolutely no doubt that they were the best of the rest and a force to be reconded with in two weeks at the Texas State Duals Championships. (more…)

Grapevine Duals - Preview

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Tuesday December 26, 2006

By Peter Dewey

The New Year kicks off in a big way with the Dollarmur Grapevine Duals on January 5th and 6th. Showcasing the event will be the premier wrestling programs from Texas and Louisiana. Highland Park will be defending its 2006 title. New Orleans Jesuit wants to take home a 3rd title in the last 5 years at Grapevine. HP has won 5 of 8 UIL state championships since 1999 and is two time defending champions. NOJ has won 21 La. State Championships since 1972 and is three time defending champions.

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St. Mark’s Invitational

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday December 17, 2006

by Peter Dewey

Another week at St. Marks’ and another well run tournament. Mike Grisz ran it right on time as promised. The hardware was distributed and the teams were clearing out the gym before 3pm. Parents were thrilled. An Oklahoma team came down and captured first place. But there were a handful of relatively unknown Dallas teams that had breakout tournaments and will need to be reckoned with as the season progresses. And there were an awful lot of individual wrestlers who made strong statements as well.

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Original Lone Star Duals

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Saturday December 9, 2006

By Peter Dewey

Even before we discusss wrestling, let me say how nice it was to show up at a tournament and find it was running ahead of schedule. As always tournament director Mike Grisz, Coach Ortega and the whole St. Mark’s community ran a flawless event. I look forward to returning next week for the St. Marks’ Invitational (an individual tourney).

The big dogs heading into this tournament figured to be Bowie and St. Mark’s. They proved why in a hurry. Bowie plowed through Jesuit 69-13, FWCD 90-0 and FM Marcus 68-9. And St. Mark’s dismantled Grand Prairie 74-6, Richardson 76-6 and Creekview 72-7 to face #1 seed Bowie in the finals. (more…)

2006 Tournament of Champions

Bloged in The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday November 19, 2006

by Peter Dewey
ITW Senior Writer

The first big DFW tournament of the year was held this Saturday at Arlington Martin. Years ago it was known as Southern Assault, then the Warrior Invitiational and now the “Tournament of Champions” There is good news and bad news for this tournament. It is not attracting the number of teams that is has in the past when even Houston teams were coming to compete. And to make matters worse, there were half a dozen no-shows this year. But on the positive side, five of Dewey’s Top Ten Dallas Teams were in attendance - Bishop Lynch, Highland Park, Keller, Colleyville Heritage and St. Mark’s - plus host Martin and last year’s surprise champion Azle. So what the tournament lacked in quanity it made up for with quality.

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The Dallas Top Ten Teams

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday November 12, 2006

By Peter Dewey
ITW Senior Writer

The 2006-2007 wrestling season is right around the corner. There is excitement across the state as wrestling continues to grow and improve. We love to see such progress across the Lone Star State but the hot bed of wrestling continues to be the Big D. At the State tournament last year, six of the top 10 teams were from the Dallas area. I don’t expect that to change come February 2007.

In corresponding with the coaches of the teams profiled below, each coach firmly believed that this year’s team will be stronger than last year’s version. Some expect dramatic improvement. Many teams have enough depth to produce real competition for starting spots. A word of caution. Coaches warned that the lineups are very tentative. In many cases weight certification and wrestle-offs had not occurred as these potential lineups were being developed. In addition the way weight certification looks to play out this year, any number of wrestlers may be showing up in districts and Regionals at lower weights than they wrestled most of the year.

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Junior Freestyle Duals - Day 3

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday July 2, 2006

by Peter Dewey

On Day 3 Team Texas finds itself in the Consolation Quarter-finals. Anything less than 3 straight wins will be a disappointment to a team that already had its share of disappointment over the first 2 days. But 3 straight wins is a tall order. The half of the team that wrestled Greco enters a 5th straight day of competition. Even the Freestyle only boys have seen 7 straight matches in 2 days against the best wrestlers in the nation. And because it is win or go home the pressure is on every match.

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Junior Freestyle Duals - Day 2

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Saturday July 1, 2006

By Peter Dewey

The theme for Day 2 is survival. There are two more rounds in Pool A and then it becomes win or go home in the Consolation bracket. Coach Lujan asks the team to guard against a letdown. AA status is gone but it would be a helluva ride from here to a Consolation Championship.

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Junior Freestyle Duals: Day 1

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Friday June 30, 2006

by Peter Dewey

The fortunes of Team Texas took a dramatic turn for the worst on the first day of Junior Freestyle. Day 1 of Junior Greco found Team Texas as high as a kite with a stunning upset victory over California. But oh how different does it feel after the first day of Freestyle as Team Texas hopes for AA status are effectively gone.

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State Summary

Bloged in News and Information, The Dallas Report by Peter Dewey Sunday February 26, 2006

by Peter Dewey

It is difficult to compare State tournaments. But we do it anyway. While 2006 did not have the “star power” of 2004 it seemed to me to be the deepest field ever assembled in Austin. With each passing year it grows harder and harder to win a State title meaning it is more coveted than ever. Congratulations to all State Champions, Place-winners and Qualifiers. You have worked hard and deserve to be recognized as elite.

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