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ArtusCimber

First Poll versus Final Poll

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Afternoon everybody. I always look at this at the end of the year to see how it went, and how we did. I'm pleased. 

I only want to say two or three things, at least one of which will probably result in my screen name being twisted around and my voters insulted again, but here are my thoughts. 

In the first poll, the only two teams who weren't there at the end were Brentwood and Beech. The Bruins were a returning state placer team and had just won the Ooltewah tournament, so they were a good bet that first week.

There was a good bit of parity in midstate, and Centennial peaked at the right time.  They received votes at the beginning as well. I watched them a good bit last weekend and was incredibly impressed with them. Their kids wrestled hard, never gave up, and never quit trying to win.  It also looked to me like they were a very close knit bunch of kids who were wrestling for each other. That's hard to beat. Coach Pelkey did a great job with them. 

Beech battled injury issues and the loss of two state champions, but in spite of a tighter pack in their region, Coach Roberts got his guys into the duals once again. I think at the end they just couldn't stay healthy enough to go deep in the duals.

As for the final poll, ten of the twelve who were there at the beginning were there at the end. Coach Foreman and and his crew at Pigeon Forge should be recognized for their state title. He's about to have a really good team in a few years. 

And more than one coach last weekend told me that Oakland was very solid; several people expected them to be there.

So there you have it. 

I want to thank my voters as well. Doing this is extra work for them and I enjoy talking to them every week.

TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING POLL

                                                                                                                                   

From: Jeff Price                                                               Results from: 12/3/18

 

THIS IS THE FIRST POLL OF THE SEASON. 

 

Now in its 27th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of dual meet strength with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.

 

STATE POLL:

 

RANK

SCHOOL

POWER

RANKING

LAST WEEK

1

CLEVELAND

161

N/A

2

BAYLOR

152

N/A

3

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

133

N/A

4

MCCALLIE

104

N/A

5

BRADLEY CENTRAL

86

N/A

6

WILSON CENTRAL

80

N/A

7

BLACKMAN

74

N/A

8

FATHER RYAN

73

N/A

9

BRENTWOOD

58

N/A

10

SCIENCE HILL

54

N/A

11

ARLINGTON

44

N/A

12

BEECH

18

N/A

 

Others receiving votes:  CENTENNIAL, INDEPENDENCE, JEFFERSON COUNTY, OAKLAND, ROSSVIEW, SODDY DAISY, SUMMIT

 

TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING POLL

                                                                                                                                   

From: Jeff Price                                                               Results from: 2/7/19

 

THIS IS THE FINAL POLL OF THE SEASON. 

 

Now in its 27th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of dual meet strength with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 168.

 

STATE POLL:

 

RANK

SCHOOL

POWER

RANKING

LAST WEEK

1

CLEVELAND

163

2

2

BAYLOR

158

1

3

McCALLIE

141

5

4

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

123

3

5

FATHER RYAN

107

4

6

BRADLEY CENTRAL

100

8

7

WILSON CENTRAL

89

6

8

CENTENNIAL

62

11

9

SCIENCE HILL

58

9

10

ARLINGTON

38

7

11

BLACKMAN

35

10

12

INDEPENDENCE

8

NR

 

PIGEON FORGE

8

NR

 

Others receiving votes:  OAKLAND

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Coach, We really do have a super close group of guys and they wrestle very hard for each other. We do a ton of stuff together off the mat to help build that culture.  They have also worked extremely hard to help get us to where we were this year.  We had to wrestle a perfect match to beat Science Hill as they are a great team and have a ton of studs and great wrestlers. 

Best of Luck to everyone this weekend.

 

 

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