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3A’s best -- and 3 teams alternate for supremacy Wasatch, Uintah, Delta all spend time on top

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In a month, we'll know which high school wrestling teams are officially the kings of their respective classifications. It's already clear, though, which classification reigns in the Beehive State. And here's a clue: The supreme class is smaller than both 5A and 4A. "I would definitely say we (Class 3A) have the three top teams in the state," said Wasatch wrestling coach Wade Discher. The cream of Class 3A is among the best in the nation as well. Each of the 3A powers -- Wasatch, Uintah and Delta -- is ranked in at least two top 30 lists. Wasatch and Uintah, for instance, are 14th and 25th in USA Today's latest rankings, which are compiled by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The proof isn't just in the rankings, either. It's mostly on the mat. Uintah, the defending 3A champ, came up with the most recent big win of the three at its own Tournament of Champions in Vernal last weekend. The Utes won the 33-team tournament, which is considered to be one of the best in the West. Wasatch took third at Uintah's tourney, and it won the Layton Tournament, beating out a bundle of top 4A and 5A teams. But the Wasps' most glamorous finish was taking sixth place last month at the prestigious Reno Tournament, which is generally recognized as the toughest meet in the nation each year. Delta has some bragging rights as well by beating Uintah and a solid field at Taylorsville's Rocky Mountain Rumble. So, who's the best of the best? Depends when you ask. "It could obviously switch from tournament to tournament," Discher said. "This week, Uintah's the best." However, Wasatch was tabbed as 3A's No. 1 team by the Utah Wrestling Coaches' Association, while Uintah and Delta were Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. West Jordan finds itself in the No. 1 hot seat in 5A for January, though the Jaguars came in third behind second-ranked Layton at their own tournament this weekend. West Jordan did beat four ranked 5A teams at the Layton Tournament, though. "It's a compliment to be ranked that high, but Viewmont is tough," he said. "To be honest, I'd rank Viewmont No. 1." Payson coach Rick Thompson wasn't thrilled about being the top 4A team in the new rankings. "I wish they wouldn't do that," he grumbled. "Everybody guns for you when you're No. 1." The 1998 4A champs have wrestled strong this season, especially in winning the Viewmont Tournament. Second-ranked Box Elder won at West Jordan last weekend, and No. 3 Spanish Fork is always competitive. "They've both got JV kids who can beat most varsity kids," Thompson said. Not much has changed with the smaller schools, as defending champions Millard (2A) and Wayne (1A) are ranked No. 1 and looking tough to beat.