5A predictions: finals preview. I tried to give some reasoning on these. Just my opinion folks don't get all butt hurt over it
106: Anderson is the clear favorite here but Baily only has one lost at 106 this year to the #2 ranked 4a NC 106, I hear upset bells a ringing)
1st Braedon Baily over 2nd Carter Anderson (upset alert!)
3rd Raleigh D’Antico over 4th Benjamin Guilman
113: Compton will walk to a state title
1st - Chris Compton over 2nd - Jacob Simmons
3rd – Eric Lopez over 4th Rico Robinson
1st - Thomas Snipes (Think he’ll beat anyone by at least 4), over 2nd Jacob Vincent
3rd – Nolan Shannon over 4th Nick Ward (Nolan wins a tough decision over ward earlier this year)
1st- Sturgeon, 2nd Isiah Poppe (upsets in semi)
3rd Mateo Vargo, over 4th Darren O’Keefe
1st – Wilkins, over 2nd Jaqion Williams (Williams upsets Huns, too much “man” for Huns)
3rd – Hunsburger over, 4th Dylan O’Keefe
1st – Adonis over 2nd - Preston (like last year Preston will be in maybe the best match of the tournament but doesn’t go his way this time)
This one is going to be interesting, there is about 5 guys who all could take 3rd. Austin Collins only 2 loses with one to Preston, Zach Preciado only has 3 losses with one being a 1 point match to Preston, Rhue is going to compete, Garay & Murray both have looked solid and have something to prove.
3rd – Rhue over 4th Preciado
1st- Sam Emery over 2nd Chandler Amaker (Probably going to be one of the best matchups, and guess what?!?! We get to see it twice with lower states)
3rd Johnny Gaurdian (can you say dark horse? Not ranked but beat O’connor is summer play) over Martinez-Sal
152: Another interesting weight, no offense to the defending champ Ramirez, but can you say the luckiest guy ever from last year’s finals, there isn’t a clear favorite here in my opinion. Ramirez could definitely win upright this year though.
1st – Rodgers over 2nd Ramirez (this will be a very close match)
3rd –Daniel Kitts over 4th Jayson Jacoby (you could swap both out for others, this is a very competitive con bracket all the way through)
160: Top two should secure first final appearances for both.
1st – Josh Cizamadia over 2nd – Josh Green (Should be a good one, they have similar wrestling styles)
3rd – Sam Rundell over Crossway
170: Clear top two here, after that it’s a free for all folks.
1st – Chris Handle over Eyan McKnight (expect fireworks)
3rd – Nick Fazzone over 4th Wil Fazier
180: This weigh class has cleared out with some top dogs dropping or bumping up
1st- Walker Stephenson over 2nd – Shawn Hail (some think this will be close I honestly don’t. Stephenson will beat Hail by at least 6, Hail lost to Chris Handle in summer, and Stephenson majored Handle in the state final last year)
3rd – Marlon Morales over 4th Moore
195: Hill wins this one with relative ease
1st – Josh Hill over 2nd Bret Carder
3rd – Kilgore over 4th Payton Fisher
220: This one is a no brainer also like 113 Fernicola walks to another title. the top 3 I have separation from others.
1st Jake Fernicola over 2nd – Scotty Dean
3rd – Dixon over 4th – Jackson
285: Pretty loaded up, should be a great bracket all the way through!
1st – Wander over 2nd Anderson
3rd – Obeso over 4th Petrick
In 16-man brackets, the 5 match rule will only come into affect in the consolation finals. The case manual addresses 5 match rule, if one wrestler has hit 5 matches and cannot compete, and the opponent has not hit 5 matches and can compete, the wrestler who can not compete forfeits. If both wrestlers have hit 5 matches, then a coin flip will decide 3rd and 4th.
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