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High school wrestling: Preece Power Poll features usual suspects on eve of state championship meets

By Brian Preece

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 12:25 a.m. MST

Prep wrestling guru Brian E. Preece and mettlewrestling.com ranks the Top 25 teams in the state regardless of classification.

1. Maple Mountain (4A) — Took no prisoners at Region 8 meet.

2. Box Elder (4A) — Bees have sting, but do they have enough venom to take down the Golden Eagles?

3. Pleasant Grove (5A) — Vikings huge favorites to take home third straight 5A crown.

4. Mountain Crest (4A) — Likely to go home without a trophy, but these Mustangs are very good.

5. Layton (5A) — Lancers still have hope but must wrestle extremely well.

6. Delta (3A) — Rabbits won 3A Region 11-12 Divisional comfortably.

7. Payson (3A) — Lions hope star power and new 3A scoring rules will help cause.

8. Millard (2A) — Eagles on cruise control in 2A wrestling wars.

9. Fremont (5A) — Silverwolves hope to bring home trophy in 5A.

10. Syracuse (5A) — Titans showed legitimacy with second-place finish in 5A Divisional tournament.

11. Viewmont (5A) — Viking depth could help cause in 5A run.

12. Wasatch (3A) — Young Wasps developing extremely well.

13. Uintah (3A) — Four champs at divisional show Utes have firepower to possibly contend for a trophy.

14. Herriman (4A) — Mustangs bring home Region 7 trophy in school’s second year or existence.

15. Beaver (2A) — Beavers hope to push Millard and hold off North Sevier.

16. Bear River (3A) — Bears have depth and hope that will help them in 3A wars.

17. Union (3A) — Look out, the Cougars are on the prowl.

18. Alta (5A) — Star Matt Findlay takes flight in 5A.

19. North Sevier (2A) — Wolves still have plenty of bite.

20. Clearfield (4A) — Falcons won Region 6 title.

21. Altamont (1A) — Longhorns looking good for another 1A title.

22. Tooele (3A) — Manning wins divisional gold to lead Buffalo attack.

23. Mountain View (4A) — Bruins were solid in Region 8 tournament.

24. Bingham (5A) — Miners are solid year in and year out.

25. Spanish Fork (3A) — Ashworth leads Don attack.

Honorable Mention: In 5A: Copper Hills, Davis, Jordan, Lone Peak and Taylorsville. In 4A: Bountiful, Highland, Orem, Salem Hills, Sky View and Westlake. In 3A: Canyon View, Cedar City, and Pine View. In 1A: Grand, Manti and South Summit. In 1A: Monticello

Brian E. Preece was the former head wrestling coach at Provo High School from 2005-06. He was the NWCA Coach of the Year for the State of Utah in 2006. He currently is a freelance sports writer.

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