|103||#3 Nick Korhorn||#4 Robert Davids|
|112||Hunter Browning||Tyler Koehn|
|119||#7 Dawson Jankowski||DaCoda Whalen|
|125||HM Zeth Strjec||#8 Chris Haynes/Blake Kowalk|
|130||#7 Jeff Leach/HM Doak Dean||Hayden Campbell|
|140||#1 (135) Avry Mutschler/#8 James Fotis||#2 Caleb Fish/#6 (135) Chad Hayes|
|145||#1 Austin Boone|
|152||Channing Perry/Derek Mohr||HM Brayden McNamara|
|160||#2 Austin O'Hearon/Jared Davis|
|171||#2 Austin Engle|
|189||#1 David Kruse||Dylan Norris/Dan Parish|
|215||#4 Keigan Yuhas||HM Dallas Price|
|285||#4 Tyler Delooff|
A rematch of the 2015 state finals features top-ranked Lowell and #4 Eaton Rapids. Lowell cruised to the semis while ER battled past their second straight quality team in Stevensville Lakeshore. Lowell advanced 13 wrestlers to the individual state compared to seven for Eaton Rapids, but the Greyhounds are stingy and are a very good dual meet team. (Side note: Eaton Rapids fans travelled the best on day one - loudest fan section by a mile).
Lowell: The Arrows have some options through the middle with Leach/Dean at 130 and back to back number ones in Mutschler and Boone at 140 and 145. Fotis is having a great year as well and could play a factor at either weight. Outside of that, they'll more than likely trot out the lineup that got them here - one that is talented and gives them a great shot to advance.
Eaton Rapids: The Greyhounds have double entries at 125, 140, and 160. You have to think Haynes stays down at 125 unless they start in the upperweights, then Kowalk could slide in and Campbell could move to 135. Fish at 140 is probably the best bet as Boone traps him by weighing in at 145. Davis could drop in at 160 and O'Hearon may bump to 171 to set up a battle of number twos. He's spent time at 171 so it won't be unfamiliar territory.
MIG Prediction: Lowell def. Eaton Rapids, 33-18
|103||#2 Joe Haynes||Will Sides|
|112||HM Dru Wilson||#1 Chayse LaJoie/Jacob Clemens|
|119||#2 David Stepanian/Mat Booth||#2 (125) Derek Giallombardo|
|125||#1 Chaise Mayer/Manny Hazard||#6 (119) John Sosa|
|135||Ryan Daniel/Lukus Nummer||Cody Starks|
|140||Jack Pehote||#5 Jacob McKnight/Seth Gregory|
|145||#10 Keff O'Connell||Brady Schulz|
|152||Austin Frederick||Dimitri Smith/Kenny Smith|
|160||#5 (152) Jajuan Lovejoy/Kullen Geoffrey|
|171||#5 Cade Foster/HM (160) Nick Brewster|
|215||#3 Joel Radvansky/HM (285) CJ Shier||AJ Krumholz|
|285||#6 Joe Markham|
The 2-3 matchup in D2 will likely be the marquee matchup in the afternoon session with an expectation of an extremely close dual. 112-130 poses all sorts of lineup questions on both sides. Whichever team can have the upper hand in that stretch will be in the best position to win the dual.
WW Tower: Stepanian and Mayer could be in position to bump if LaJoie stays down at 112. If not, Mayer could still bump to 130 and swap matches with Giallombardo. In the quarters, Tower slid the lineup from 140-160 up a weight and it's not a bad idea to make that move again here. A big decision will come at heavyweight with who to throw out against Markham. If the dual's on the line, it'll be Radvansky, but Coach Mayer may be content just to split the pair.
Gaylord: Again, LaJoie, Giallombardo, and Sosa are all in a position to have tough matches so they need to try to figure out how to win two of the three at least. McKnight could bump to O'Connell at 145, which would put Gregory on Pehote at 140. If Tower does slide the lineup, expect Foster to stay down at 171 and Brewster to go up to 189.
MIG Prediction: Gaylord def. Warren Woods Tower, 35-32
|103||#4 Austin Fietz||Matthew Goodrich|
|112||#2 Tyler Swiderski||Sam Baustert|
|119||#4 Jonathon White||Haddan Young/Hunter Bower|
|125||#7 Daniel Jaworski|
|130||#4 Christian Killion||Mitch White|
|135||#1 Stoney Buell||#9 Tom Balaskovitz|
|140||#10 Grant Ott||Kyler Honore|
|145||#5 Cal McAvoy||Josh Thommen|
|152||#1 Zach Bellaire||#10 (145) Trenton Blanchard|
|160||#1 Tylor Orrison||#9 Derek McCollom|
|171||#3 Jaxon Guinn||#5 Kayleb Venema|
|189||#8 Kyle Motylinski||#4 Allen Powers|
|215||#1 Brandon Whitman/#10 (189) Kyle Reinhart||Jarean Sargent|
#1 Dundee squares off with fourth ranked Whitehall on the heels of their win over a top-five team in Birch Run. The high level talent of Dundee exceeds that of Whitehall undoubtedly but the underdogs are used to the semifinals in recent years and they have a group of seasoned wrestlers.
Dundee: With 19 wrestlers on the roster, not many lineup moves are even feasible but what is for sure is they will put a ranked wrestler out at every weight. The big matches will take place in the upper weights, but it's important that the light weights take care of business as well.
Whitehall: Venema and Powers have swing matches at 171 and 189 that could give the Vikings a boost up top. Balaskovitz is a prime candidate to bump away from Buell to Ott at 140, where he spent much of the season anyway. They'll look to get favorable matchups at 119 and 125 with Young and Bower, both past state qualifiers.
MIG Prediction: Dundee def. Whitehall, 48-9
|103||#10 JD Gross||Daylin Wittig|
|112||#7 Daniel McNichol||HM Carson Hayes|
|119||HM Josh Barton||Ozzie Manito|
|125||Hunter Seguin/Austin Kilburn||#10 Bray Haynes/Justin Bonner|
|135||#6 Alec Ziza||Caleb Fate|
|140||#4 Hayden Bastian||Mason Hayes|
|145||#3 Alex Roberts/HM Ethan Wyatt||#6 Austin Young/Brandon Russell|
|152||#7 Eric Barr||#4 Jaycob Sharp|
|160||#5 David Kaltz|
|171||Noah Montanari||#4 Robert Granberry|
|189||#6 Luke Davis||HM Chayton Wiggins|
|215||#2 Colton McKiernan||#3 Billy Koepf|
|285||#1 Tyler Marino||#10 Andrew Vinton|
In recent years, it seems these two are a lock to make the semis which should qualify this as a must-watch dual as well. As many as 20 individual state qualifiers could wrestle in this battle between #2 and #3. So expect fireworks early and often.
Richmond: The Blue Devils have the advantage in the lower weights and upper weights so if they can lock down those weights it gives them some room to breathe through the middle. They have a decision to make at 125 with Seguin and Kilburn and where the dual starts may dictate whether they need to win one or both.
Chip Hills: The Warriors will need to put together a brilliant performance to knock off the two seed. It's possible that Russell goes in at 145 and Young/Sharp move up to 152 and 160 to try and snag both of those toss ups. They'll also need to win one between 125 and 130. In the upper weights, Wiggins-Davis will be critical for both teams at 189 and #3 Koepf gets a shot at #2 McKiernan.
MIG Prediction: Richmond def. Chippewa Hills, 31-16