This Friday and Saturday, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) state wrestling championships will be held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
When all is said and done, teams and wrestlers will be crowned state titlists in five enrollment classifications (Classes 2A/1A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A).
Several wrestlers who have already won multiple titles will seek to add to their already glittering wrestling resumes.
Among those, 152-pound Tyler Berger of Class 4A Crook County is the lone wrestler this year who has a chance to become a four-time state champion.
On the other hand, there are 13 wrestlers who will be shooting for OSAA state title No. 3.
In Class 5A, Matt Hofenbredl of Dallas (113 pounds), Thaddeus Nelson of Marshfield (120 pounds), Josh Reyes of Parkrose (145 pounds) and Alex Rich of Crescent Valley (126 pounds) hope to complete the grappling championship trifecta.
Boomer Fleming of Ridgeview at 182 pounds is the lone Class 4A wrestler in contention for state title No. 3.
Four wrestlers in Class 3A are vying for their third title – Justin Acuff of Sheridan (132 pounds), Walker Damewood of Glide (126 pounds), Hans Rockwell of Riverside (113 pounds) and Skyler Voigt of Willamina (120 pounds).
In the state’s smallest enrollment classification of Class 2A/1A, Lincoln Casarez of Pleasant Hill (160 pounds), Tucker Davis of Culver (126 pounds), Philip Morgan of Bonanza (195 pounds) and Kyle Riggs of Crescent Valley (145 pounds) are all gunning for their third state titles.
Not surprisingly, there are a handful of teams that have enjoyed great state championship traditions over the years.
For example, in Class 6A, Roseburg has been a recent dynasty with six state titles in the past seven years. The lone exception was last year when David Douglas outscored Oregon City and Roseburg for the large-school championship.
In Class 5A, Hermiston has enjoyed similar title success as it has also claimed titles six of the past seven years. The defending state champion with the 2013 title to its credit, Hermiston came up short in 2012 when Dallas took top honors.
In Classes 4A and 3A, there has been a greater variety of state champions in recent years as no one program has been dominant. Crook County and Glide will seek to defend their 2013 state titles in Class 4A and Class 3A, respectively.
The state smallest division of Class 2A/1A had been dominated by Culver with championships from 2007 to 2012. However, last year Lowell outscored Culver 115.0 to 89.5 to claim the 2013 state title.