Updated Houston Area Individual Rankings

Bloged in News and Information by Russell Pate Thursday November 30, 2006

Updated 12/12 Houston Area Individual Rankings

A rankings update after Westside and Woodlands


Texas Team Rankings

Bloged in News and Information, The Ranking Czar by John Rizzuti Monday November 27, 2006

This ranking is based on tournament scoring, not dual meet.

1. Bishop Lynch
2. Canyon Randall
3. Highland Park
4. Cinco Ranch
5. Rockwall
6. Arlington High
7. Arlington Bowie
8. Cy-Fair
9. Lake Highlands
10. Colleyville Heritage
11. (tie) Keller & Amarillo Tascosa with Arlington Martin closing in

Houston Report: Klein Oak Tourney

Bloged in News and Information by Russell Pate Sunday November 19, 2006

It was a solid opening weekend of Houston wrestling, but things should get better in a hurry. 3/4 of the teams present missing wrestlers to football and it showed in the Friday duals and the Saturday tournament, particularly in the upper weights.


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.


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.


The Panhandle Report

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Monday November 13, 2006

by Panhandle Al
ITW Staff Writer

Another season is upon us and West Texas a/k/a “The Panhandle” is pumped and ready for a great season of wrestling. Canyon Randall should be the area team to beat this year with Amarillo Caprock right on their heels.

Here is a brief look at the top teams and a ranking of the area:

1. Canyon Randall - This team is poised to have a very good year. Leading the team are seniors, Brandon McDonald (119) a two-time state placer and All-American, Kalvin King (125) three-time state qualifier, Cameron Padilla (160) returning state placer is coming off an injury but is ready to return to state form, and Chance Cupp (215) was unable to wrestle last year due to a football injury but is ready to focus only on wrestling this season. In addition, will be state qualifiers junior Joey Sykes (171), sophomore Joseph Flores (189), and Josh Martinez (112). Rounding off the team of returning wrestlers will be Cody Dudding (180) a state alternate from last year. Joining the team this year will be two very solid freshmen wrestlers Victor Dodson (103) and Jace Bennett (130). This should be a very solid team and could make a run for the state championship for the first time in school history.


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.


The New Rules on Weight Certifications: The Aftermath!

Bloged in Body of a Champion by John Rizzuti Tuesday November 7, 2006

By Brendon Lowe
ITW Strength and Conditioning Columnist

Warning: Wrestlers mentioned will remain nameless for confidentiality purposes.

Two months ago I told all the opponents of the weight certifications to wait it out and give them a try before they started complaining about the rule changes. Now that the official weight certifications are complete, let the criticisms roll, because I’m right there with you on a few points.

Who is to blame for the catastrophe known as the ’06 wrestling certifications? I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the University Interscholastic League (UIL). How can the governing body of Texas high school athletics wait till the last minute to throw something together when so much is at stake? Isn’t the whole point of the weight certifications to protect the health of our wrestlers? The lack of planning on the part of the UIL lead to some of the most heinous weight cutting that I’ve seen in a long time.


The Texas 100

Bloged in News and Information by John Rizzuti Sunday November 5, 2006

by Willy Coyote
Copyright 2006




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