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.