In wrestling, history favors those who are prepared — and have a recent tradition of great grappling.
With the State Dual Championships being held in two Houston locations today, the favorites include the Allen boys and Cy Ridge girls in this ultimate team event. where team scoring is everything. Both are state powerhouses with the Cy Ridge a UIL State runner-up in 2014 and team state champion i 2013.
The Allen Eagles are on an ongoing, record-setting journey with multiple team titles at the annual UIL State Tournament held in February. In the boys’ tournament, North Texas teams are expected to dominate the top positions, but Houston’s top finishers — Morton Ranch, Klein, Westside and Cinco Ranch — will make noise and could pull upsets.
Westside finished third after Morton Ranch upset them in the December Houston Duals. While Morton Ranch and Klein enter the State Duals as Region III’s top two seeds, the Westside Wolves sport 1 one dual loss all year. At their best, the Wolves are a top-3 contender.
While that sounds contradictory to common sense, it all depends on the strengths and weaknesses of teams match up. Westside has only 2-3 wrestlers who are not strong. Many teams have twice as many, but at this State Dual tournament, four is probably the most you will see if you can make it to Cy Ridge and Mayde Creek High Schools today.
The Allen Eagles? Traditionally they enter every tournament with few or no non-state caliber wrestlers. Arlington Martin, the 5A boys’ state runner-up, isn’t far behind.
Other challengers for the boys’ dual crown at Mayde Creek on Saturday include El Paso Franklin and Lake Highlands, which some said may finish in the top 4.
While the boys’s State Duals draws teams from all parts of Texas except the Panhandle, the girls’ event this year is a bit of a Greater Houston battle. Besides Huntsville (7-0) and San Antonio Wagner (6-1), all of the teams are close to Houston. This
At the girls’ State Duals Championships being held at Cy Ridge today, the host school boasts an impressive 11-0 record. The Lady Rams are the clear favorite, but they too will be challenged by the likes of district rival Cy Falls (17-2), Clear Falls (9-1) and others.
The girls’ State Duals will start its finals between noon and 1:30 p.m. today (Saturday) at Cy Ridge. The boys’ semifinals will start about 3 p.m. at Mayde Creek with finals slated for 5 p.m.


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