Layton High appears to have the 4A wrestling title wrapped up with a hefty 13 point lead over second place Orem and four Lancers in the finals.
In the 3A ranks, Mountain Crest made a strong run in the upper weight divisions, placing five wrestlers in the finals to move within six points of Uintah going into today's finals at the Dee Events Center at Weber State University.Uintah, seeking a second straight state title, has four grapplers in the finals, including two defending state champions and last year's runner-up in the 135 pound classification.
Uintah will have to make its move early since its finalists are in the lower weights and then will have to sit back and see how Mountain Crest fares.
Mountain Crest will be involved in what promises to be one of the best matches of the finals as defending champion Kirk Schroeder, who is undefeated this year, takes on Dixie's Josh Suwyn who is sporting a 28-2 mark.
Uintah may be working on another dynasty since all four finalists are underclassmen, three juniors and one sophomore.
All the 4A titlists will be new this year, including the team champion since defending champion Alta, currently tied for 10th place, failed to get a wrestler into the finals.
Pleasant Grove, currently in third place, 17 points behind Layton, has three finalists but that probably will not be enough unless the Lancers stumble badly. Orem managed to get only one wrestler into the finals.
As in the 3A, the 4A finals feature no head-to-head matches between the leading teams.
As of the end of competition Friday night, the top 10 4A teams were Layton, 110; Orem, 97; Pleasant Grove, 93; Clearfield, 86.5; Hillcrest, 86; Bingham, 83; Brighton and Skyline, 60 each; Weber, 58; and Taylorsville and Alta, 48 each.
In the 3A ranks, the top 10 are Uintah, 132.5; Mountain Crest, 126.5; Sky View, 94.5; Wasatch, 80.5; Tooele, 79; Box Elder, 75; Cedar City and Dixie, 61; Carbon, 54; and Ogden, 45.