The top spot in the Class 6A wrestling rankings has been a revolving door.
Edmond North, Stillwater, and Broken Arrow have all spent time at No. 1 in the coaches' poll. That sort of change at the top is a rare occurrence in wrestling, but it serves as evidence to how talented all three teams are.
Throughout January, it appeared Broken Arrow had the upper hand. The Tigers edged out Edmond North by half a point to win the Geary Tournament, and did the same to Stillwater a week later at the Bobby Lyons Invitational in Sand Springs.
But after Stillwater's 37-23 dual win at Broken Arrow on Jan. 28, it's the Pioneers who enter Saturday's Dual State Championships at Yukon as the favorite.
The win over Broken Arrow also allowed the Pioneers to gain the east's top seed in the tournament, putting them on the opposite side of the bracket from Broken Arrow and defending champion Edmond North.
“It's going to be tough regardless of who we wrestle (on Saturday),” said Stillwater coach Doug Chesbro. “There's tough teams all the way around. I think us winning against Broken Arrow earlier in the year put us in a little bit better position. I'm not counting anyone else out, and I don't want to look past anybody, but obviously we've set ourselves up where we're in a position to have a little bit easier path than (Broken Arrow and Edmond North).”
It remains to be seen just how strong Edmond North is, as Saturday will mark the first time all season it's had a full-strength team.
“We should have a pretty good lineup this weekend,” said Edmond North coach Andy Schneider. “We design our schedule and our training so that we are wrestling our best and have our best lineup at the end of the year for dual state and regionals. We'll have our full lineup and several extras this weekend, so I feel pretty good about that.”
As always in dual competition, bonus-point wins will play a major role in deciding the champion.