Over the next few days, I will be releasing a season review/preview for each of the four classes in Oklahoma. Along with this review, I will be including individual and team rankings. My rankings are based on head to head results and on the transitive laws of wrestling, which we all know are never wrong!
Broken Arrow looks primed to repeat as both dual state champion & tournament state champion. They are led by returning state placers Emanuel Skillings-1st, Jackson Cockrell-2nd, Jared Hill-2nd, Bryce Mattioda-2nd, and Bryce Cockrell-3rd. With impressive dual wins this season over Mustang and nationally ranked Tuttle, Broken Arrow has separated itself as the clear favorite to win another dual state championship. The state tournament, however, is not such a given. Last year, Broken Arrow won the title by an impressive 62 points. I don’t see this happening again. Although I do have them as a slight favorite to repeat, I would not be surprised if last year’s runner-up, Mustang, walks away as the champion. The Broncos are led by their four returning state champs, Tucker Owens, John Wiley, Tate Picklo, and Judson Rowland. I currently have Broken Arrow and Mustang wrestlers both ranked in the top three at three different weights, so I think it is safe to say that these weights could determine who ends up winning the team title. These weights are 120 (#1 Owens vs #2 B Cockrell), 138 (#2 Hill vs #3 Keegan Luton), and 195 (#1 Skillings vs #2 Jack Kitchingham).
The race for 3rd and 4th place in the state tournament should come down to two teams as well. Stillwater makes a return to relevance this year behind the leadership of returning state placers Carter Young-1st 2018 & 2nd-2019 and Brett Black-4th. Junior, Cade Nicholas, did not place last year, but is currently ranked #2 at 126. This team is loaded with underclassmen, including freshman hammer, Cael Hughes, and should be a force to reckon with for the next few years. Right behind Stillwater in my rankings is perennial power house Choctaw. They are led by returning state champs Gabe Johnson and Marquonn Journey. Just like Stillwater, Choctaw is loaded with underclassmen studs. Two of these young guns, Speedy Walden and Zeke Coleman, are strong title contenders.
Cross town rivals Edmond North and Edmond Memorial should be neck and neck for 5th and 6th. North recently edged out Memorial 33-30 in a heated Three Dog Night finale. The race at state should be just as close. I am giving North the slight edge at the state tournament. They are led by returning state placers Nate Becker-4th, Jaxon Randall-3rd, and Braden Bowman-4th. The Huskies also have potential placers Trey Bowman and Christian Cantu.
Memorial is led by returning state placers Cruz Aguilar-1st and Garrett Johnson-3rd. The Bulldogs also have title contenders in Jackson Oplotnik and Bam West.
As I mentioned above, Broken Arrow should be a heavy favorite to repeat as dual state champions, but as we all know, heavy favorites don’t always win. This year will mark the first time that seeding has not been divided into 1st through 4th in the east and 1st through 4th in the west, with all first round matches being east versus west. The 2020 dual state tournament will instead be seeded 1st through 8th, so teams from the same side of the state could potentially meet in the first round. Here are the eight teams that have qualified for dual state. I have listed them in the order that they are currently seeded. These seeds can still change. You can go to http://www.ossaa.net/docs/2019-20/Wrestling/WR_2019-20_DualStateInformation.pdf if you are curious about the different criteria OSSAA will be using to determine the final seeds.
1. Broken Arrow
4. Edmond North
6. Sand Springs
8. Edmond Memorial
Please understand that my rankings are based on the information that is posted online. Unfortunately not all tournament and dual results are made public. Please leave remarks or match results in the comment section if you see any errors. Trust me when I say, it makes this job much easier. All of my current rankings are based on data through 1/26. The weeks ahead will be full of big tournaments and duals, so I’m sure there will be lots of changes in the next 6A review, which I plan to release Monday, February 17th. I will also be releasing a 6A dual state preview February 7th.