The Centennial boys wrestling team, a perennial power at the Texas High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals, will try to make the finals for the fifth straight year on Saturday.
The Titans, the 5A State Duals champion in 2014 and 2015 and runner-up the last two years, will compete for the title at El Paso Del Valle High School. Competition begins at 9:15 a.m. and features 16 teams competing for the championship.
“State duals is always a great tournament and a grind,” Centennial wrestling coach Jake Jackson said. “We just have to compete hard and have a few things go our way. Our wrestlers look forward to it every year.”
Centennial will start Saturday with dual matches against three other teams in its pool: Fabens, Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial and Canyon Randall. The pool winner will advance to the semifinals.
The other high schools competing are Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Highland Park, Dripping Springs, Prosper, Carrollton R.L. Turner, Carrollton Creekview, Corpus Christi Ray, Sharyland Pioneer and four El Paso schools -- Chapin, Hanks, Del Valle and Burges.
Centennial dominated its pool matches last year before beating Chisholm Trail 36-30 in the semifinals. Centennial lost to Azle, 42-29, in the championship match.
In 2016, Centennial lost in the championship match to fellow Frisco ISD school Liberty, which is competing this weekend in the Trojan Classic at Euless Trinity High School. Reedy and Wakeland are also competing in that event. Other Frisco ISD wrestling teams in action this weekend are Frisco, Independence and Lone Star, who are competing in the Cougar Classic at The Colony.
The State Duals Championships are not part of University Interscholastic League competition, and the event’s format is different from the UIL’s State Wrestling Meet. The UIL meet features wrestlers competing for individual titles, and the points from each wrestler’s wins are added up for the team standings. At the State Duals Meet, each round is a team-versus-team matchup.
The UIL State Wrestling Meet is February 23-24 at the Berry Center in Cypress.