List of contenders begins to fill

Multiple district champions have several schools pegged as state favorites
Feb. 19, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Hillsboro leads the Class 6A ranks with seven district champions
File photo.

With two days until the state wrestling championship begins, the schools with large numbers of district champions have emerged as either favorites or contenders to win a team title at Memorial Coliseum.

Crook County leads all teams with nine district champions at Class 4A, a class that's seen significant power shifts since the state moved to six classes in 2007. Five schools have won the 4A title in those six years, with only Sweet Home winning twice. Last year, the title was decided by just three points, with Cascade edging Henley.

Sweet Home is back with seven district champions, Henley, which finished third, has six and Cascade has four. Crook County finished fourth last year.

Glide, at Class 3A, has eight district champions, while four other schools have seven - half the number of champions available in each district tournament. In addition to Sweet Home and Hillsboro, Hermiston, Culver and Willamina all have seven.

The state championships begin with first-round matches in the 16-wrestler brackets at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Finals are set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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