The top eight finishers at last weekend’s state sectionals qualified for a chance at a state title.
The Golden Bears are in good shape to improve on last year’s third-place finish in Class A as they enter the state tournament with 11 wrestlers competing for weight class titles.
Jason Grimes — the 2012 champion in the 170-pound weight class — will try for a title at 182 pounds for the Bears, while Brendan Quigley will go for a crown at 132 pounds after finishing runner-up at 126 a year ago.
John Hiles — a fourth-place finisher at 106 last year — will attempt to contend at 113. Grant Chastain tries to improve on his fifth-place showing of a year ago at 152 and Rod Davis looks to contend at 170 after placing sixth at 160 in ’12.
Logan Chastain (120), Liam Quigley (145), Stephen Williams (160), Grant Gosden (195) and Ben Rousseau (285) are the other Holy Innocents’ wrestlers competing.
Lovett also hopes to contend in again in AA after placing third last year, with nine wrestlers slated to compete for the Lions.
Kyler Allen will attempt to improve on his third-place finish from 2012 at 106 pounds for the Lions, while Corey Erdoes tries to surpass his fourth-place showing of a year ago at 182.
Spencer Lee competes at 138 after finishing fifth at 132 last year and Andrew Johnson goes for a higher finish at 152 than his sixth-place result at that weight class in ’12.
Also competing for Lovett is Patrick Johnson (113), James Hite (120), Patrick Keough (160), William Geraghty (195) and William Henagan (220).
Westminster wrestlers Alex Balser (106), Jesse Webb (126) and Davis Houk (152) have earned state tournament spots in the AA event, while Pace’s Jake Walsh (220) will compete in Class A.
Woodward’s Chad Pyke will compete at 160 pounds in AAA after breaking the national high school record for career wins at the AAA East sectional qualifying tournament in Ringgold last Saturday.
Pyke finished the day with 326 victories, surpassing the old mark of 324.
Pyke is among a large group of Woodward qualifiers in AAA that also includes Grady Pastor (106), Max Pastor (113), David Morgan (126), Chandler Pike (132), Ben Heiman (145), William Willsey (152), Cai Glencross (182), Michael Vickers (220) and Richard Wang (285).