Class One State Wrestling Preview and Predictions

Class 1 state tournament preview and predictions. This 4300+ word guide features every weight in Class 1. A must read for wrestling fans.

February 14, 2019


Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)

#3 Sam Wilhelm, Knob Noster vs. #6 Andon Allen, Gallatin
#5 Jason Strope, Fatima vs. HM at 113 Jayden Defries, Lathrop

Notable Potential Quarters:

#2 Evan Binder, Whitfield vs. #5 Jason Strope/ HM Jayden Defries
#3 Sam Wilhelm/ #6 Andon Allen vs. HM Kaden Crane, Palmyra
#4 Ethan Wood, Rockport vs. HM Jace Bixenman, Marceline

#1 Levi Connelly has finished 2nd in this weight class the past two seasons and in his senior season is one of the favorites for the title here. #3 Sam Wilhelm took fourth place in this weight class last season. #4 Ethan Wood took fifth here a season ago. #5 Strope lost to Wood in the match to place last season at the state tournament. #2 Evan Binder has wrestled a very difficult schedule this season and comes in as a favorite in his freshman season as well.

In the first quarterfinal I expect that Binder will knock off Strope in what should be a very entertaining bout. In the 2nd quarterfinal I will take Wilhelm to run the gauntlet and to beat Allen and Crane back to back, as he holds wins over both men already this season. In the first semifinal I believe that Binder will continue his run and knock of Wilhelm to advance to the state finals.

In the third quarter of the bracket I expect Connelly to advance twice without really being tested. In the last quarter I have Wood defeating Bixenman to advance to the semis. I have Connelly advancing past Wood to be in his third straight state finals bout.

In the finals we have two wrestlers that will have wrestled rigorous schedules this season. I will take Binder to pull the slight upset by rankings over Connelly to unfortunately make Connelly a three time state runner-up. I believe that Wilhelm will come back for third here. This should be a really fun bracket to watch unfold as the top six or so after the top two seem to be pretty close in ability here.


Notable First Round Matches (Team Race or Ranked vs. Ranked)
#1 Cooper Fisher, Marceline vs. HM Zakery Tune, Fatima

Notable Potential Quarters:

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