A note of forewarning: I don’t know every Region IV weight class like the back of my hand. The ones I have gone into more depth on are weight classes that I think will have significance in the long run (i.e. Austin). I would be happy to further develop these rankings, but the response I have gotten when I asked for ranking information was paltry at best. So, when you see these rankings, instead of yelling about how awful they are all over the forum, send me a personal message, give me information on what needs to be changed and why, and if it’s valid, I’ll change it.
This being said, as Region IV is set up, there are certain weight classes (112, 189, Hwt this time around) every year that are completely dominated by a wrestler who is on a bigger mission than state qualification. Unless you know someone in these weight classes who is set to make some magic happen in Austin, it’s kind of a moot point.
1. Greg Gogonas – Bowie
2. James Ahlswede – Lee
3. Aaron Keener – Leander
4. Brian Orsorio – Vista Ridge
I would hate to be a 103 pounder in the region. With young guns Gogonas (9th) and returning state qualifier Keener (10th) in the picture, Florida all-stater Ahlswede should have his hands full and then some. I’m going to go ahead and give Osorio the fourth position, but that spot is no lock-in. Also worth mentioning is Dotray from San Antonio Roosevelt.
1. George Gogonas, Bowie
2. Jordan Dorris – MacArthur
The second of Bowie’s Gogonas brothers, this one a senior, and a returning state medalist (bronze at 103). He should waltz through region with little difficulty. Dorris has very few losses on the year, and a few interesting wins.
1. Kenneth McNeil – SA Madison
2. Tim Mollohan – Killeen Shoemaker
3. Paul Cabasa – SA Churchill
I’m not sure who has one the heads up match up between returning state qualifiers McNeil and Cabasa, but I do know that Mollohan beat Cabasa at Centex, and that Kenny won the tournament. These guys should be the top three, a season ending injury for Bowie’s Hunter Spruce leaves the door open for a “wild-card”.
1. Ryan Larson – SA Roosevelt
2. Jonathan Khan – SA MacArthur
3/4. Anthony Munoz – Austin Westlake/Frank Tan – Austin Lanier
Ryan Larson recently avenged an earlier loss to Khan, but the two could wrestle 100 matches and go 50-50. Look for a razor thin margin separating regional champ and regional runner up at this weight. For the last two spots, you will see a battle between two wrestlers, Munoz and Tan. Tan has been wrestling forever, with a good deal of freestyle and Greco experience, and he has some solid victories this year, including one over Bryan’s Landon Meekma. Munoz is quick, strong, and solid.
1. Joe Elmore – Leander
2. Logan Wilson – Vista Ridge
3. Trey Aguirre – Beeville
I know very little about this weight class. Both Joe and Logan are tough, strong wrestlers who have been around for a while. Trey was a state qualifier last year. Someone feel free to fill me in on others.
1. Jimmy Peterson
2. Bobby Barney
3. Zach Maldonado
Jimmy Peterson, last year’s 6th place finisher at the 119 weight class in state, has taken it up a notch. He is undefeated this year, ripping through opponents, even defeating highly regarded Dakota Frizzel (Azle) at the Brute Bowl. Bobby (returning state qualifier) is the obvious runner-up here, handily defeating everyone other than Peterson, who he has lost to by major twice, by tech once, and by pin once. Bobby is a tough-as-nails, aggressive wrestler, and not just anyone tosses him around. Returning state qualifier Maldonado is tough, but does not seem to be improving as fast as the other two. Woe to the rest of the region’s 135 pounders!
Fidencio Rubalacava – SA Lee (State qualifier from last year/face mask guy)
Jonathan Jimenez – McAllen Rowe
Ryan Norton – Bowie
Warren Brown – Austin Crockett
All three of these guys have accomplishments, but in actually watching them wrestle, I haven’t been overly impressed. Look for this to be a somewhat lukewarm weight class at regionals. Jimenez was a state qualifier last year, Ryan has been wrestling forever, and has a lethal lateral drop, and Brown is ranked in Shaun’s rankings, and has placed at some decent tournaments, but I’m still not convinced he has beaten anyone worthwhile in the process. Does anyone have head-to-heads between these three?
1. Miles McHale – Austin Anderson
2. Spencer Rivers – Beeville
3. Angel Gonzales – SA Roosevelt
Miles has beaten everyone he’s faced from Region IV. I think the same is true of Spencer. They have both beaten Angel. They have not faced each other. As far as I know, Angel has beaten everyone else. Look for Miles and Spencer in the finals.
1. Aaron Pelletier – SA Churchill
2. Brent Pardinek – Bowie
3. Jacob Krell – Austin Anderson
This weight should be a dogfight at region. To the best of my knowledge, both Pelletier and Pardinek are undefeated on the year. They have not faced, but Pardinek has been out with an injury, so for now, Pelletier gets the top spot. He was an all-stater last year (5th), and both Pardinek and Krell will qualifiers. There are a number of other quality 160s in the area, look for the runner-up in the ever tough San Antonio district to be the fourth qualifier.
Jordan Wehr – Austin Bowie
Landon Dockery – Cedar Park
Jordan was a hair off from qualifying for state last year at 160. This year, he is much improved, and I expect him to be in the regional finals. Again, I don’t know much about this weight, and I don’t have a head to head result of Wehr vs. Dockery, but Landon has been around forever, and last year as an 8th grader, he was some incarnation of the Texas youth wrestler of the year. He is always tough.
Ben Vega – SA Churchill
Justin Bell – Cedar Park
Jared Perez – CC Ray
I can’t find a head-to-head match up between Vega and Bell, but I have a hard time believing one hasn’t taken place. Can anyone help?
1. Austin Johlke – Bowie
2. Everyone else/Eric English – SA Madison
Austin is out with an injury, but he is astronomically better than anyone in this weight class that Region IV can provide. I’m predicting a lot of 89 pounders in this region fleeing to the shelter of 215!
Brett Schroeder – Leander (Big guy who was at state last year)
1. Travis Johlke – Bowie
2. Everyone else
Travis is another animal from Bowie’s stable. Anyone who remembers his regional final with eventual state champion Courtney Sanders (Westside) two years ago knows just what that means. He is on another level.