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Clinch Gear High School Team Rankings 02.15.2012

In a week that unofficially kicked off the state tournament season, three major states headlined the action with their dual championships.

In PA, #4-Canon McMillan survived a scare from four-time defending state dual champions, #23-Central Dauphin. In a semi-final that was the de facto title match, Canon-Mac escaped with a 28-25 win over the Rams in the bottom half of the bracket.

Then-#25-Easton, the District 11 champs, came in as the top half favorites. And history was on their side; they had a state record, eight, finals appearances.

But someone forgot to tell that to Erie McDowell.

The King of the Mountain champs entered with an unblemished record this season. But no District 10 team had ever made the state finals in AAA.

McDowell was able to win all the close ones as they ousted Easton, 30-25, in the quarters before getting to the finals via a 31-28 win over Mechanicsburg, who featured a tough upper-half of the line-up.

McDowell was a game opponent for Canon-Mac in the finals, but couldn’t overcome the Big Macs firepower. CM took the title, 35-20.

It was Canon Mac’s first state dual championship and, surprisingly, just District 7’s second ever (Connelsville, 2005).

In AA, #11-Bethlehem Catholic made it two in a row, blitzing the field with wins over Bermudian Springs, last year’s Runners-Up, Ft. LeBoeuf, and Brookville, before meeting Boiling Springs in the finals.

“The Bubblers,” Boiling Springs rolled through their half of the bracket and created a murmur within the Giant Center confines that perhaps they could pull an upset.

But BECA flexed its muscles in the finals in a lopsided, 52-15 affair.

NJ State Duals

The New Jersey State Group Championships took place Sunday. Contenders had spent nearly a week wrestling through qualifying duals. Most notably, the state’s #1 and #2 ranked teams (Jackson Memorial and St.

Peters Prep, respectively) were bounced before reaching the Group Finals, which placed the final four teams in each division at The Pine Belt Arena in Toms River South.

The state is divided into six groups; four public and two private, according to size.

Here were your finals:
Group 4: Phillipsburg def. Brick Memorial, 29-27
Group 3: South Plainfield def. Ocean Township, 31-27
Group 2: Raritan def. Delsea, 30-28
Group 1: Bound Brook def. Hanover Park, 40-24
Non-Public Group A: Bergen Catholic def. Christian Bros. Academy, 54-18
Non-Public Group B: Camden Catholic def. DePaul, 54-18

Oklahoma State Duals

All season last year, Tulsa Union was considered the best team in Oklahoma. That was until Broken Arrow threw a monkey wrench in that assessment by beating the Redskins for the 6A (largest class) state title.
All year this season, Broken Arrow was universally considered the best team in Oklahoma. And even though Union beat BA in their dual last week, some thought it was an anomaly, and that when the two squads met at the state duals, that decision would be reversed.

But Union did it again.

In a back-and-forth battle, Union built a 21-9 lead before BA studs Clay Archer and TOM #12-Chase Ferman posted pins.

Union’s #12-Kyle Ash (152) was upset by talented sophomore Tanner Bailey, making things tighter than ever.
Later, Union bumped stud 182lber, #4-Kyle Crutchmer, up to 195 to face fellow state champion Seth Calvert. Tied at 9, Crutchmer converted the decisive takedown with eight seconds to go, making the Union deficit, 27-25.

Broken Arrow’s 220lber, Steve Allen earned a decision, putting them up by five heading into the final bout, where Union got the fall they needed for a 31-30 win, and their first state dual title since 2008.

This Week:

Now we really get busy. There’ll be no shortage of intrigue as 16 states hold championship events, including major wrestling hotbeds, Illinois, Iowa, and, one of my favorite state tournaments: Indiana.
Iowa’s 3A classification is annually one of the best high school tournaments in the country. On Wednesday, they’ll hold the state dual championships where #11-Southeast Polk, #12-Bettendorf, HM-Iowa City West, and perennial power Waverly-Shell Rock will all square off.

On the individual side, 22 kids appearing in our rankings (or honorable mention) will compete for a state title. And what an interesting group there is. Corey Clark, Topher Carton, and John Meeks will attempt to win their fourth straight, while national studs like Justin Koethe, Gabe Moreno, Alex Meyer, and Willie Miklus all look for their first crown.

#16-Jack Hathaway, who gave Clark his first and only career loss earlier this year, would meet Clark in the quarterfinals.

Follow along here: Iowa Info

State Championships This Week:
Alabama: On Track
Colorado: CO Brackets
Connecticut: CT Info
Florida: FL Info
Georgia: GA Brackets
Illinois: IL Brackets
Indiana: IN Brackets
Iowa: Iowa Info
Kentucky: KY Info
Nebraska: NE Info
New Hampshire:
New Mexico: Brackets  On Track
North Dakota: Both Duals and Individual On Track
Tennessee: TN Brackets
Utah: On Track
Virginia: VA Info
Washington: WA Brackets

*(Last week’s rank)

#1 Blair Academy – New Jersey (1)
Last Week: Idle
This Week: NJ Prep States
Season Accomplishments: Ironman, Beast Champs, POWERade Champs, Final Four Champs

#2 St. Edward – Ohio (2)
Last Week: Idle
This Week: Sectional Tournament
Season Accomplishments: Ironman Runners-Up, Clash Champs, DI State Duals Champs
#3 Apple Valley – Minnesota (3)
Last Week: Idle
This Week: Team Sectionals
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Delano, 1st – Minn. Christmas, Clash Runners-Up, Cheesehead Champs, Lisbon Champs

#4 Canon McMillan – Pennsylvania (4)
Last Week: Won State Duals
This Week: Idle
Season Accomplishments: 1st – North Canton, 2nd – Powerade, VA Duals Champs, Sectional Champs

#5 Clovis – California (5)
Last Week: Won TRAC League Tournament, setting new points record with 307
This Week: Yosemite Division Championships, Fri/Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Newbury, 1st – Clovis West Shootout, 1st – Zinkin, Clash 3rd, Doc B Champs, Temecula Valley Champs, 1st – Mission San Jose

#6 Brandon – Florida (6)
Last Week: Won Regional Tournament
This Week: State Championships, Fri/Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Cougar Invitational, 1st – Graves, Clash 4th, Ippolito Champs, County Champs

#7 St. Johns– Michigan (7)
Last Week: Won District Duals
This Week: Regional Tournaments
Season Accomplishments: Lansing Champs, Goodrich Champs, Redwing Invit. Champs, League Champs

#8 St. Paris Graham – Ohio (9)
Last Week: Lost to #1-Blair Academy, 35-19
This Week: Conference Tournament, Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 3rd at Ironman, Clash 6th, DII State Duals Champs, Top Gun Champs

#9 Wyoming Seminary – Pennsylvania (10)
Last Week: Won St. Albans Tournament
This Week: PA Prep States
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Clyde Cole, Ironman 4th, Beast Runners-Up, Bethlehem Holiday Champs, Eastern States Champs

#10 Bethlehem Catholic – Pennsylvania (11)
Last Week: Won State Duals
This Week: vs. Parkland
Season Accomplishments: Ironman 6th, Beast 3rd, Christmas City Champs, ETR Champs

#11 Southeast Polk – Iowa (17)
Last Week: Won CIML Tourney
This Week: District Tournament, Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Gardner-Edgerton, Cheesehead 4th, Ed Winger Champs

#12 Bettendorf – Iowa (8)
Last Week: Idle
This Week: State Regional Dual vs. Western Dubuque, Wed.; District Tournament, Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Keith Young, 1st – KC Classic, Cheesehead Runners-Up, MAC Champs, Ed Winger Runners-Up

#13 Perry Meridian – Indiana (16)
Last Week: Semi State, Qualified nine individuals to state tournament
This Week: State Finals Fri./Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Marion County, 1st- North Montgomery, Sectional Champs

#14 Christiansburg – Virginia (12)
Last Week: District Tournament
This Week: Regional Tournament
Season Accomplishments: Ironman – 7th, Beast – 4th, Clash 5th, VA Duals Runners-Up

#15 Archbishop Moeller – Ohio (14)
Last Week: Beat Elder, 52-12
This Week: GCL Tournament, Sat.
Season Accomplishments: Ironman 5th, SW Ohio Champs, Clash 7th, DI State Runners-Up, Catholic Schools Champs

#16 Simley – Minnesota (15)
Last Week: Beat HM-St. Michael-Albertville, 41-18
This Week: Team Sectionals
Season Accomplishments: 2nd – Minn. Christmas Tournament, Clash 8th, Cheesehead 3rd

#17 Detroit Catholic Central – Michigan (13)
Last Week: District Duals
This Week: Individual Districts
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Oakland County, Medina Champs

#18 Central Dauphin – Pennsylvania (23)
Last Week: State Duals, 3rd
This Week: Idle
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Brandywine, 5th – Beast, 3rd – POWERade

#19 Poway – California (18)
Last Week: Beat Rancho Bernardo
This Week: Sectionals
Season Accomplishments: 1st – El Dorado, 1st – La Quinta Duals, 1st – Reno TOC, 3rd – Doc B, 2nd – Temecula Valley, Raul Huerta Champs

#20 Tulsa Union – Oklahoma (20)
Last Week: Won State Duals beating #20-Broken Arrow
This Week: Regional Championships, Fri/Sat.
Season Accomplishments: 1st – Mid America Nationals, Reno Runners-Up, Geary Runners-Up, Newton Champs, Midwest Duals Champs

#21 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (19)
Last Week: Lost to #19-Tulsa Union in State Dual Finals
This Week: Regional Championships, Fri/Sat.
Season Accomplishments: Ironman 8th, Geary Champs, Sand Springs Champs

#22 Allen – Texas (21)
Last Week: Won Region III Tournament
This Week: Idle
Season Accomplishments: 1st – The Woodlands, 3rd – Mid America Nationals, 5th – KC Classic, Texas Outlaw Champs, Cheeshead 5th , State Duals Champs, Midwest Duals Runners-Up, District Champs, State Duals Champs

#23 Lowell – Michigan (22)
Last Week: Qualified 14 for Regionals
This Week: Regional Tournament
Season Accomplishments: Beat #13-DCC, Beat Glenbard North, Beat DCC

#24 Montini Catholic – Illinois (24)
Last Week: Won Sectionals
This Week: State Tournament
Season Accomplishments: Ironman, 15th, Dvorak Champs, Cheesehead 6th, District Champs

#25 Erie McDowell – Pennsylvania (HM)
Last Week: State Dual Runners-Up
This Week: Idle
Season Accomplishments: King of the Mountain Champs, Tool City Champs, District Duals Champs

Honorable Mention
Bakersfield, CA
Bergen Catholic, NJ
Blue Springs, MO
Camden County, GA
Christian Brothers, TN
Collins Hill, GA
Colonial Forge, VA
Easton, PA
Foley, MN
Iowa City West, IA
Long Beach, NY
Lowell, MI
Luxemburg-Casco, WI
Kasson-Mantorville, MN
Massillon-Perry, OH
McDonogh School, MD
Montini Catholic, IL
Pittsburgh Central Catholic, PA
St. Michael-Albertville, MN
St. Peters Prep, NJ
South Plainfield, NJ
Scott West, MN
Shenendehowa, NY
Tuttle, OK
Wantagh, NY
West Fargo, ND
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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