It doesn't get any better than a midseason matchup between #1 and #2. In recent years, these duals carry even more weight as they now have postseason seeding implications as well. DCC is favored in the dual but Dakota has a great team and already has beaten Davison this season, so you'd be hard pressed to find a better dual at this point in the season. Action kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm at Detroit Catholic Central.
103: Daniel Rehfeldt (DCC) vs Brock Prater/Brendan Ferretti (Dakota)
Two pretty good options for Dakota down low. In most duals, it'd be easy to slide Ferretti in and bump the lineup but with Kamali looming at 119 it doesn't make a ton of sense. Expect Prater to get the nod. He looked great last weekend and will push for bonus.
DAKOTA 4, DCC 0
112: Devon Johnsen (DCC) vs Nick Alayan (Dakota)
A rematch of last weekend, a match Alayan won by fall. While you'd think that makes Alayan the easy choice, it's important to recall last season. A year ago Alayan teched Johnsen on a Wednesday and then Johnsen flipped it three days later. So there is some reservation in this pick, but it's tough to pick against someone who's on fire like Alayan.
DAKOTA 8, DCC 0
119: Ben Kamali (DCC) vs Justin Tiburcio/Connor Casey (Dakota)
In all likelihood, Dakota bumps Tiburcio to 125. Since CC has some viable options they don't have to bump with them and can leave Kamali down to wrestle Casey. If that happens, expect big bonus points from Kamali.
DAKOTA 8, DCC 5
125: Stone Moscovic/Dominick Lomazzo (DCC) vs Connor Casey/Justin Tiburcio (Dakota)
This could be the match of the dual regardless of who the Shamrocks throw out there. While CC will have a slight size advantage, Tiburcio is a competitor and a two-time all-stater. Maybe the biggest toss up of the dual, but we'll take the Shamrocks in a tight decision.
DAKOTA 8, DCC 8
130: Dominick Lomazzo/Stone Moscovic (DCC) vs Andrew Barrett (Dakota)
Moving up, a size advantage the other way. Barrett failed to place at the CCI but could make it interesting with one of the Shamrock 25's. If CC just weighs in one of these guys at 130 instead of both at 125 and bumping one, it'll help greatly. Still, another decision on paper for CC.
DCC 11, DAKOTA 8
135: Derek Gilcher (DCC) vs Jace Hunt (Dakota)
Both of these guys were entered last weekend at CC. Gilcher ran through the bracket, Hunt fell one match short of placing top-six. The Shamrock is off to a great start and will look for some more bonus for CC in this bout.
DCC 15, DAKOTA 8
140: Logan Sanom (DCC) vs Brandon Alkazir (Dakota)
One of the surprises of the season for Dakota has been the emergence of Alkazir, who was a surprise finalist at Macomb County and placed at the CCI. Sanom was 3rd at the Invite last weekend and for that reason is the favorite here.
DCC 18, DAKOTA 8
145: Kevon Davenport (DCC) vs Reid Maher (Dakota)
Unbeaten Davenport more than likely will be up at 145 for this dual. He's been lights out at both 140 and 145 and will be looking for critical bonus in this one. It'll be damage control for Maher, a veteran for Dakota.
DCC 23, DAKOTA 8
152: Joe Urso (DCC) vs Christian Karges (Dakota)
One of the better matches of the dual could be at 152 with Urso and Karges. Urso has just one in-state loss on the year (Facundo) but will be giving up a little size moving up from 145. Karges is capable of a minor upset here but the Shamrock junior has been really solid in the first half so it's tough to pick against him.
DCC 26, DAKOTA 8
160: Cameron Amine (DCC) vs Dustin Solomon (Dakota)
Two of the state's top juniors could go at it at 160. Solomon is coming off a title at CC and is one of the better athletes in the state. That said, Amine is the pick to win this weight. His wrestling acumen is a little higher and he's one of the top guys in Michigan period.
DCC 29, DAKOTA 8
171: Aidan Wagh (DCC) vs Layne Malczewski (Dakota)
Another rematch of a match from last weekend. Malczewski won that match by fall, as he has done with every match this season besides one. That's the prediction here, but in a dual situation Wagh may be able to stifle those efforts.
DCC 29, DAKOTA 14
189: Rory Cox/Brendin Yatooma (DCC) vs Eli Andary (Dakota)
DCC has a couple viable options here and either one would be the favorite against Dakota. Andary has done a solid job this year but will likely just be outclassed. Look for a match decided by a low major decision, maybe eight points or so.
DCC 33, DAKOTA 14
215: Easton Turner (DCC) vs Mike Robinson (Dakota)
Newly number one at 215, Turner has gone to a new level this year. He also is vastly more experienced that Robinson. With sixteen pins on the year, it's hard to imagine this match ending any other way than that for Turner.
DCC 39, DAKOTA 14
285: Steven Kolcheff (DCC) vs Rahmi Khalil (Dakota)
Two of the top heavyweights in division one will square off here. At the CC Invite, Khalil was 3rd and Kolcheff was 6th. While it's certainly a good matchup, give the nod to Khalil, a returning all-stater .
DCC 39, DAKOTA 17
Swing Matches: 125, 152
DCC Keys: Take advantage of bonus points and win the bouts your favored in. Pretty much your blanket statement to win any dual. Being favored in ten matches, the Shamrocks will just have to stay within themselves and continue what they've done all year.
Dakota Keys: Get the favorable matchups and win the swing matches. There's a chance we see Solomon and Malczewski bump to 171/189, which could be a risk since Wagh beat Solomon last year. But they'll have to take some risks to close the gap on the Shamrocks.
A Livingston County battle between two top-six teams goes down at Brighton High School tonight at 7:00 pm. Hartland has won the past two meetings with Brighton's last win over the Eagles coming in the 2015 title match. This dual will see several familiar matchups as well as some lineup shake-ups. Expect an exciting atmosphere in the Dog Pound. Here's what the dual could look like:
103: Mason Shrader (Brighton) vs Keegan Merenuk (Hartland)
Two pretty talented freshmen kick this dual off. Merenuk has been a quality 103 for Hartland thus far but Shrader has been stellar for Brighton. He's coming off a runner-up performance at the CCI and will look to pick up some much needed bonus.
BRIGHTON 4, HARTLAND 0
112: Ben Manly (Brighton) vs Wyatt Nault/Bryce Cheney (Hartland)
For Hartland 112-135 could look a number of ways tonight. For the sake of this article, we'll assume Nault is at 112. Manly won a decision last season but Nault went on to place at the state tournament. It's a toss up but give the edge to Manly.
BRIGHTON 7, HARTLAND 0
119: Logan Kehres (Brighton) vs Corey Cavanaugh (Hartland)
Another rematch of last year's dual, where Cavanaugh pinned Kehres who was bumped up from 103. He'll have bonus in mind again this year but Kehres may be able to keep it close with him and squash that effort.
BRIGHTON 7, HARTLAND 4
125: Zach Johnson (Brighton) vs Kyle Kantola (Hartland)
On paper the quick thought is Kantola by a landslide. However, Johnson has been outstanding in his freshman season, sporting a 21-1 record. So while it's certainly possible Kantola slaps on a wing and a half and runs it over the top, it's equally possible that Johnson stays in the match and makes it much closer than many expect.
HARTLAND 8, BRIGHTON 7
130: Eddie Homrock (Brighton) vs Carter Hankins (Hartland)
If Hartland wins the toss, expect Hankins to be at 135. Should these two meet, look for a tight decision. Hankins is coming off a big weekend at Wyandotte and Homrock was 4th at CC. Give the nod to Homrock.
BRIGHTON 10, HARTLAND 8
135: Aiden Brown (Brighton) vs Josh Latham (Hartland)
Big swing match should the matchup hold. Both are guys who are sort of role players for their teams and looking to break out. It's fairly evenly matched, but Brown has a little bit of a better resume thus far.
BRIGHTON 13, HARTLAND 8
140: Dane Donabedian (Brighton) vs Greg Pietila (Hartland)
Yet another rematch from the dual a year ago. That match was won by Donabedian 2-1. While there has been a vast improvement in the Brighton sophomore, he doesn't score bonus points too often. So he's the safe pick but Pietila could hold him to a decision.
BRIGHTON 16, HARTLAND 8
145: Nick Bleise/Victor Grabowski (Brighton) vs Devon Pietila (Hartland)
Either Bulldog will be heavily favored in this matchup. Both Bleise and Grabowski are top guys in the state at 145. Pietila will be in point saving mode but both Dogs are pinners.
BRIGHTON 22, HARTLAND 8
152: Victor Grabowski/Nick Bleise (Brighton) vs Tanner Culver (Hartland)
Culver survived his first test of the year last weekend winning the West Bloomfield Invite and remaining undefeated. He'll have another quality opponent tonight but his arsenal may be too much. He's also a dangerous guy who could end the match at any time. Conservatively give him a decision.
BRIGHTON 22, HARTLAND 11
160: Harley Berne (Brighton) vs River Shettler (Hartland)
Familiar foes could meet at 160 in Shettler and Berne. Shettler has won the previous meetings and scored bonus in the process. He'll look to do the same this year, though Berne has been solid this season.
BRIGHTON 22, HARTLAND 15
171: Jack Ireton (Brighton) vs Reece Potter (Hartland)
Potter returned to the mats after a couple year hiatus. He was one of the top incoming freshmen but opted to focus on lacrosse. Now a junior, he's rounding into form for the Eagles. Ireton is a scrappy guy with a lot of match experience. It may be a little premature to pick Potter, but don't be surprised if he makes a statement.
BRIGHTON 25, HARTLAND 15
189: Greyson Stevens (Brighton) vs Reece Anguish (Hartland)
Two solid 189s. Anguish has been out since mid-December. Stevens has battled with several highly ranked wrestlers and done very well. Should they meet, and Anguish not bump to 215 which is very possible, Stevens will be the favorite.
BRIGHTON 28, HARTLAND 15
215: Luke Stanton (Brighton) vs Jack Callaghan (Hartland)
This match may not happen either. Callaghan has seen time at heavyweight and that may be the route Hartland goes in this dual. Stanton has had some success this year as a sophomore and would be the pick if they meet.
BRIGHTON 31, HARTLAND 15
285: Colby Ford (Brighton) vs Alec Linsenman (Hartland)
Again, Callaghan could end up here. If it's Linsenman, Ford should be the favorite, but it is heavyweight so anything can happen.
BRIGHTON 34, HARTLAND 15
Swing Matches: 112, 130, 152, 171
Hartland Keys: Win the toss and get the right matchups. There's pretty close to zero chance that the lineup above is the one they roll out. Coach Cheney's squad has a few different ways to run things throughout their lineup and they have not wrestled yet this year with a full team, so it will be interesting to see how they choose to match up.
Brighton Keys: Win the toss ups and score bonus up top. The Dogs have a supreme advantage in the upperweights and will need to capitalize on that. They'll also need to rely on their hammers to score the bonus points that they need to. Hartland will throw some curveballs and they'll need to answer.