Girls Galore! Part I

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Monday February 27, 2006

By Desiree French, ITW Staff Reporter
copyright 2006 InsideTexasWrestling.com

This year’s UIL Girls State tournament was filled with exciting instances and defining moments, which make this tournament so unpredictable and explosive.

The 95-lb weight class was a strong group as all of these ladies came to wrestle. Region Region II and I dominated – leaving no room for placers from any other region. All-American Lene Wood from Centennial claimed the first place crown. After placing third in state last year Wood was able to win by decision over Blue Celeste Montoya of Chaplin (8-6). It was a fight that neither of the girls wished to lose, thereby ruining their perfect seasons.

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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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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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Twice as Nice. Cold as Ice.

Bloged in News and Information, No Holds Barred by John Rizzuti Saturday February 25, 2006

By John Rizzuti
Copyright 2006
InsideTexasWrestling.com

Chaos reigned. Pandemonium ran wild throughout the bowels of the Delco Center in Austin, Texas at the 2006 UIL State Wrestling Championships. It was the 160-pound finals between unbeaten senior Brent Pardinek (at 28-0 for Austin BaBaBowie) and Matt Harris, junior, (44-1 for The Ranch).

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Sandovals Dodge Bullets — Advance to Semi’s!

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Friday February 24, 2006

By John Rizzuti

Today at UIL State was a riveting roller coaster ride especially for one family — The Sandovals of Colleyville (Heritage). And no one was more on edge than momma Lisa Sandoval whose sons Jeremy and Josh would find themselves not in easy, soft quarterfinal round advances, but in matches of their lives against the best the state of Texas has to offer. The pressure on the Sandoval boyz is huge. They are legendary youth state and national champions with a pedigree of greatness. The tension was elevated by Josh’s shocking loss in last year’s state final to Klein Oak’s Shane Doughman. That loss was to be avenged earlier this year at the Oklahoma Open but no one cares about that meet.

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UIL State Wrestling Blog

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Thursday February 23, 2006

All during the state meet John, Peter Dewey and Desiree French will be blogging quips, quotes and stuff that happens — giving all ITW readers the real story. We’re going to take you deep inside Texas wrestling as only we know how to do. — JR

We have heard from several sources that Arlington Lamar wrestler Vince Hawkins is inelgible. We are trying to verify the same info. If so it is a shame as he would certainly be a medal contender. –JR

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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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Girls State Preview

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Thursday February 16, 2006

Written by Mike Stockton & Edited by Desiree French

Well 2005-06 has been an incredible year for Women’s wrestling in the state of Texas so far. It started when State ended last February and with our ladies starting freestyle wrestling for the summer, and it will end next weekend in Austin. We saw LeAnn Barney from Austin Anderson finish 4th in the Nation at the Senior Women’s Level. She also led our Junior National Freestyle team to win the National Championship in Fargo. Into this season we saw two more Texas ladies become 100+ winners’ they were juniors: Lindsey Brooks and Vanessa Epps. Now leading into next weekend there will definitely be some wars, there is scarcely any weight class where battles won’t be fought. Here are my predictions for the top 4 women in each weight.

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Region IV — The War on the Floor

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Tuesday February 14, 2006

by Centex1

When I last did these rankings, I was ranking based on many factors, most significantly the ability to make an impact on the regional tournament. Now, the Region IV Championships have passed. This wrap-up highlights wrestlers to watch, wrestlers I believe will make a significant impact at State. The Region IV tournament last weekend was weird, as always. Undefeated wrestlers went down, unheralded wrestlers gave those with national experience close matches, and Austin Bowie, the region’s most dominant program, lost to San Antonio Roosevelt. The following are my own personal observations. Please feel free to disagree. But I guess I don’t have to tell you that.

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