Area teams with qualifiers: Linn-Mar 12, Cedar Rapids Prairie 8, Iowa City West 6, Western Dubuque 5, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4, Iowa City High 3, Cedar Rapids Xavier 2, Cedar Rapids Washington 1.
Top qualifiers: Southeast Polk 13, Linn-Mar 12, Waverly-Shell Rock 9, Cedar Rapids Prairie 8, Mason City 8, Algona 7, Bettendorf 7, West Des Moines Dowling 7, Glenwood 7, Pleasant Valley 7.
Synopsis: Southeast Polk is ranked among the best teams in the country this season. The Rams have the talent and numbers, making them tough to top. Southeast Polk was a favorite last year, but was topped by Bettendorf for the team title, so the Rams will be motivated to improve that finish.
The race for the other team trophies is wide open. Linn-Mar and Prairie will be contenders and should be able to end their runs in the top five. The Lions have the firepower with four wrestlers who have been ranked No. 1 at some point of this season. Prairie received some tough draws, but has the strength to crack the top three.
Top 3 Predictions: 1. SE Polk, 2. Linn- Mar, 3. Waverly-Shell Rock
Area teams with qualifiers: West Delaware 9, Union Community 5, Decorah 4, Independence 4, Mount Vernon 4, Solon 3, South Tama 3, Benton Community 2, Mid-Prairie 2, Washington (Iowa) 2, West Liberty 2, Williamsburg 2, Center Point-Urbana 1, Dyersville Beckman 1, Monticello 1, Vinton-Shellsburg 1, Waukon 1.
Top qualifiers: Davenport Assumption 10, West Delaware 9, Charles City 8, Mediapolis 8, Albia 6, Spencer6, Bondurant-Farrar 5, Clarinda 5, Creston/O-M 5, Hampton-Dumont 5, Humboldt 5, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5, Union Community 5.
Synopsis: West Delaware has been impressive this season and is looking for the school’s second traditional state team title and first since 1991. The Hawks have a handful of state champion contenders, including undefeated top-ranked wrestlers Adam Reth (220) and heavyweight Dean Broghammer. The Hawks had seven medalists last year and should have a similar haul this year.
Davenport Assumption and Mediapolis should battle it out for second and third. The two faced off in a district with Mediapolis winning some key head-to-head battles. Charles City and Creston should contend for a trophy as well.
Top 3 Predictions: 1. West Delaware, 2. Mediapolis, 3. Davenport Assumption
Area teams with qualifiers: Alburnett 9, East Buchanan 5, Maquoketa Valley 4, North Fayette 4, North Linn 4, English Valleys 3, Lisbon 3, Midland 3, Sigourney-Keota 3, BGM 2, Iowa Valley 2, Lone Tree 2, South Winneshiek 2, West Branch 2, Belle Plaine 1, Edgewood-Colesburg 1, Highland 1, Iowa City Regina 1, Starmont 1, Tipton 1, Tri-County/Montezuma 1, Turkey Valley 1.
Top qualifiers: Alburnett 9, Woodbury Central 8, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 7, Emmetsburg 7, Wilton 7, Don Bosco 5, East Buchanan 5, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 5, West Marshall 5, West Hancock 5.
Synopsis: Top-ranked Alburnett has ascended the ranks in Class 1A and now is a regular top-10 team. The Pirates have finished in the top 10 the last four years, including three third-place finishes. They want more and should get it. The Pirates have nine qualifiers with eight ranked. Coach Kane Thompson said it is most complete team at the school with a mix of balance and elite scorers. Alburnett should get its first title.
Woodbury Central has the ability to overcome Alburnett if things go its way. They have the numbers and strength. Eddyville-Blakesburg and Emmetsburg will be in the mix for trophies. In 1A it is quality over quantity, so teams can do a lot with a few top-level wrestlers.
Top 3 Predictions: 1. Alburnett, 2. Woodbury Central, 3. Emmetsburg