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2016-17 Class C Preseason Meet and Dual Top 10 Rankings with Comments

POSTED ON December 5th  - POSTED IN Ratings: Class C

Class C Top 10 Teams MEETS/Preseason
1. Valentine
2. O’Neill
3. North Bend Central
4. David City
5. Syracuse
6. David City Aquinas
7. Kearney Catholic
8. Battle Creek
9. Raymond Central
10. Broken Bow
Co – Raters: Jared Owens Tekamah
Jason Freudenberg Madison

When looking at the top 10 Tournament teams before the season has begun I looked at all the teams with the most returning state qualifiers and medalist. I also sent out a email to all the coaches to find out where kids may fall during the year and for any upcoming freshman or transfers that could factor into the team title mix. I also briefly looked at the teams and how they faired at districts last year. O’Neill had more tournament points coming back but I gave the nod to Valentine because their medalist have more potential to improve on last years finishes and they have more medalist coming back. I placed North Bend Central ahead of David City for the same reason. I think Syracuse will benefit the most from the serpentine method for district this year and will draw better at the state tournament. Last year Aquinas had some young guys do very well at the state tournament and they look to be even better with another year of experience. Kearney Catholic looks to have some very good veterans mix with some youth and will battle for a top 5 finish at the end of the year. Battle Creek, Raymond Central, and Broken Bow all have a lot of quality guys returning and based on where they end up will go a long way in determining where these guys finish at the end of the year. Wood River, Sutton, and Cross County also have the potential to have strong chances to end up in the top 10 by the end of the year with the athletes they have coming back.

Class C Top 10 Teams DUALS/Preseason
1. Valentine
2. Northbend Central
3. Kearney Catholic
4. Broken Bow
5. Syracuse
6. O’Neill
7. David City
8. Raymond Central
9. Battle Creek
10. David City Aquinas

I gave more weight to returning qualifiers and Varsity wrestlers when coming up with the Dual meet teams. Valentine, North Bend, and Kearney Catholic return large portion of their varsity line-ups from last year. With the addition of a couple of key freshman that Valentine brings in they also look like the dual team to beat. Battle Creek is another team with a quality guys at just about every weight. Broken Bow, Syracuse, O’Neill, and Raymond Central will get a lot of bonus points but may lack in numbers and depth that other teams may have. David City was a hard team to place in the dual rankings. They graduated a lot of good wrestlers from last years team but they also bring in some very good freshman and a few kids that were quality JV wrestlers that should fill out their line up. Wilber Clatonia maybe another team that will be very tough in a dual format with the ability to place a quality kid at nearly every weight

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