This year, however, the storylines have shifted and so has the focus to Class 4A. The Gilmer Bobcats aim for the program’s fifth straight 4A dual title, as well as the program’s eighth consecutive state crown and its 10th all-time dual title. This quest for an eighth straight title, however, will be challenged by one of the only programs in the state that boasts a more impressive resume on the mat. Fifteen-time defending dual state champion Jefferson was moved up to Class 4A this year and will go head-to-head with Gilmer for the Class 4A title this weekend.
Jefferson’s jump to 4A left a vacancy in Class 3A, and that will be another interesting storyline to watch now that the Dragons no longer stand in the way of programs like 2009 state champion Bremen. Gilmer's reign in Class 4A has seen its fair share of talented opponents and Class 4A’s gauntlet last year was arguably much tougher than what Jefferson faced in 3A, (although the scorecard still points to Jefferson’s unprecedented dominance that has captured a state title in every season since the duals were introduced in 2002).