Class 6A is an open space as only one individual champion returns
Dec. 11, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
There was a significant changing of the guard in high school wrestling last season, and it's likely to continue this year, especially at Class 6A.
With the season gearing up, the 6A ranks return only one champion - Roseburg junior Chad Jones, who won at 120 pounds. The other 13 weights were all won by seniors, including three from David Douglas, which won the state title for the first time since 1966.
Overall, the state champions of all five classes were won by a team that hadn't won the year before - the first time that had happened since the OSAA expanded to six classifications in 2006-07.
Hermiston won its sixth title in seven years at Class 5A, but figures to get a significant push from the rest of the state, led by 2012 champion Dallas.
At Class 4A, Crook County enters the season as the defending champion, when it had 11 underclass wrestlers finish within the top 6. The Cowboys would be the first repeat champion at the state meet since 2007, when Nyssa's run of seven-straight titles came to an end.
Glide won its first title at Class 3A last year with just one individual champion. Willlamina, which finished second, returns two state champions.
At 2A, Lowell returns three champions from its first title team in 22 years. Much of the team reached the state finals in Class 1A football, too, before losing to imbler.