The Centennial wrestling team, always a force at the State Dual Championships, added to its history Saturday with another state title.
In the championship match, the Titans rallied from a 29-0 deficit to beat Canyon Randall 39-33 to earn the Texas High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals Boys 5A championship. Centennial beat the defending state champ – at Canyon Randall -- to win a third state title.
“They were beating us pretty good,” Centennial coach Jake Jackson told a crowd of supporters Sunday after the team returned from the long trip back to Frisco. “These guys kept fighting and getting after it.”
The Titans were the 5A State Duals champ in 2014 and 2015 and the runner-up in 2016 and 2017.
The State Duals Championships are not part of University Interscholastic League competition, and the event’s format is different from the UIL’s State Wrestling Meet. The UIL meet features wrestlers competing for individual titles, and the points from each wrestler’s wins are added up for the team standings. At the State Duals Meet, each round is a team-versus-team matchup.
Centennial, which was seeded No. 2 entering the event, beat Lubbock, Amarillo, Lovejoy and Creekview on its way to the final against top-seeded Randall. In the championship match, Centennial tied the score at 33-33 and then senior John Bennett clinched the 39-33 victory by pinning his opponent.
Centennial has also won two UIL state championships. The UIL State Tournament will be Feb. 21-22 at the Berry Center in Cypress.