|Christopher Rogers/Steve Skinner||103|
|Easton Lyons||112||Treg Huver|
|#4 Ramsy Mutschler||119||#10 Jayden Schwartz|
|#7 Landon Miller||125||Caleb Smith|
|#4 James Link||130||Alex Shaver|
|#1 Zeth Strejc/Nate Cleaver||135||Auston Peabody|
|Cole Huisman||140||#14 Logan Haughton|
|#2 Will Link/#8 Tacho Gonzales||145||Justin Converse|
|152||#12 Bo Brandt|
|#1 Doak Dean/#5 Carson Crace||160||Montana Powell|
|#1 Jacob Lee||171||Alex Thorne|
|#6 Derek Mohr||189||Josh Garn|
|#4 Carter Blough||215||Devon Eaton|
|#1 Keegan Nugent||285||Andrew Taylor|
Division 2's top seed and seven-time defending State Champion Lowell opens up their 2021 title run with Charlotte, who is making their first trip to Team State since 1990.
The Orioles boast three state qualifiers in Schwartz, Haughton, and Brandt, and an otherwise solid lineup - one which is vastly improved from years past. However, the Red Arrows just have too much for them here, with 13 state qualifiers and four top-ranked wrestlers. Three matchups to watch will be all three of the qualifiers for Charlotte - 119, 140, and 152.
Prediction: Lowell by 53
|#2 Cody Richards/#13 Isaac Masserant||103||Elias Bowen|
|112||#1(103) RJ Thome|
|#12 John Allen||119||#5(112) Tee Ward/#14 Eli Beasley|
|#10 Dylan Garcia||125||Daniel Romero|
|#7 Hunter Major||130|
|#15 Ethan Brabant||135||#10(130) Trey Myers|
|Noah White||140||Alex Gleason|
|#15 Seth Minney||145||Gage Montague|
|#15 Jac White||152||Matt Lucas|
|Carter Willard||160||Jager Kibart|
|Kam Woiderski||171||Maverick McKinnon|
|#10 Brendan Bashaw||189||#14 Michael Romero/Caden Christoffersen|
|Nathan Masserant||215||Cody Visscher|
|Freddie Martin/Dradyn Ray||285||Briar Hambrock/Colby Wright|
The first of three competitive quarterfinals in the division features Monroe Jefferson, making their first appearance since 1995, and Fremont, who is debuting at Team State in D2 this year, after their first-ever trip last year, in D3. Interestingly, both teams were in D3 last season. Jefferson qualified nine for State, compared to Fremont's six. Unfortunately the Packers will be without senior all-stater Trey Breuker, who was ranked 3rd at 160.
It's likely we'll see five ranked matchups in this one, most notably at 112 between RJ Thome and Cody Richards, ranked #1 and #2 at 103. Thome won last year's meeting 2-0 in the 5th place match. Fremont freshmen Tee Ward and Trey Myers have had impressive seasons and will likely square off with qualifiers Allen and Brabant at 119 and 135, respectively.
This dual could go either way, but on paper give the nod to Jefferson. Whoever is going to win this one will likely do so in the middle weights. In any case, a win for either school would mark their first trip to the Semifinals.
Prediction: Monroe Jefferson by 12
|Dylan Angelo||103||#4 Tyler Daniel|
|#10 Brody Orcutt||112||Elijah Stevens/Daniel Staniszewski|
|#15 Heremius Cheff||119||Chet Staniszewski|
|#15 Ryan Angelo||125||#1 Joe Haynes|
|Luke Francis||130||#2 Dru Wilson|
|#3 Carson Richards/Nolan Weber||135||#8 Gavin Shoobridge|
|140||#10 Mathew Booth/Ethan Radvansky|
|#9 Easton Phipps/Jayden Compton||145||#3(140) Josh Howey|
|#5 Brady Benson||152||Vincent Provo|
|Damian Brody||160||#14(152) Dominic Johnson|
|#4 Cameron Macklem/Landon Purdue||189|
|#12 Zach Schmitz||215||Jeffery Boyd|
Another good matchup here between unbeaten Goodrich and Warren Woods Tower, making their sixth straight appearance. Tower will be without two-time state champ Omari Embree and all-stater Ryan Radvansky in the upperweights.
It's tough to say what the matchups will look like in this one, but there's going to be some movement in the middle that will play a role in who wins. With Tower forfeiting at least two weights, they'll have to lean on their lower weights. Goodrich has a young but experienced team with just one senior, and has a fairly balanced lineup from top to bottom.
Expect a dual decided by less than ten points with the most critical matches coming from 135-160. Both programs have been to State Finals matches within the last four years, so they're both capable of making some moves to advance.
Prediction: Goodrich by 8
|#14 Taylor Lucas||103||Tyler Brown|
|Cubby Wolf||112||#12 Jack Guerrero|
|#9 Cameron Litaker||119||#9(112) Harris Meekhof/Reece Meyers|
|#2 Aaron Lucio/#12 Kyle Stampfly||125||Hilton Rood/Lucas Meyers|
|Kent Heppler||130||Caleb Huyser/Ben Bakran|
|#1 Micah Hanau/Dillan Plisow||140||#6(135) Cristian Perez|
|Luke Ponton||145||Cameron Moore|
|James Harris||152||#10 Jordan Silvis|
|Daniel Vaughn/Brock Strebeck||160||Jeremy Vandermolen|
|Tafara Rukunda||171||Joshua Vandermolen|
|Matt Vaughn||189||Kameron Postmus|
|RJ Veldman||215||Aaron Holstege|
|Malachi Bell||285||Mitch Umlor|
A rematch of an earlier season dual won convincingly by the Lancers, 52-21. Allendale has since moved some guys around, and gotten some guys back, so expect a closer dual this time.
What's interesting here is that from 140 down the teams combine for eight state qualifiers, but just one from 140 up. That leaves a lot of uncertainty in the upper weights and the teams were basically even there in the first go-around.
For Allendale, they'll need to pick up an upset or two down low and get Perez off of Hanau. For Lakeshore, they'll need to maximize through the middle and hold serve up top. It's definitely not a typical 2 vs 7 matchup, but Lakeshore is in a better position to advance on paper.
Prediction: Stevensville Lakeshore by 12
PROJECTED SEMIFINAL MATCHUPS
|Christopher Rogers/Steve Skinner||103||#2 Cody Richards/#13 Isaac Masserant||Elias Bowen|
|Easton Lyons||112||#1(103) RJ Thome|
|#4 Ramsy Mutschler||119||#12 John Allen||#5(112) Tee Ward/#14 Eli Beasley|
|#7 Landon Miller||125||#10 Dylan Garcia||Daniel Romero|
|#4 James Link||130||#7 Hunter Major|
|#1 Zeth Strejc/Nate Cleaver||135||#15 Ethan Brabant||#10(130) Trey Myers|
|Cole Huisman||140||Noah White||Alex Gleason|
|#2 Will Link/#8 Tacho Gonzales||145||#15 Seth Minney||Gage Montague|
|152||#15 Jac White||Matt Lucas|
|#1 Doak Dean/#5 Carson Crace||160||Carter Willard||Jager Kibart|
|#1 Jacob Lee||171||Kam Woiderski||Maverick McKinnon|
|#6 Derek Mohr||189||#10 Brendan Bashaw||#14 Michael Romero/Caden Christoffersen|
|#4 Carter Blough||215||Nathan Masserant||Cody Visscher|
|#1 Keegan Nugent||285||Freddie Martin/Dradyn Ray||Briar Hambrock/Colby Wright|
You'll see a recurring theme with the 1 seeds in their semifinal across all divisions - they're all in no real danger of making an early exit. Lowell is primed to advance to their tenth consecutive state finals match and should have little issue getting past their semifinal opponent.
If they wrestle Jefferson, expect the best matches to take place between 112-130 pounds. If the Bears are going to get on the board, that's where it'll be. In the case of Fremont, it's probably similar; 112 pits #4 Mutschler vs #5 Ward in the highlight match.
- If Lowell vs Jefferson, Lowell by 47
- If Lowell vs Fremont, Lowell by 53
|Dylan Angelo||#4 Tyler Daniel||103||#14 Taylor Lucas||Tyler Brown|
|#10 Brody Orcutt||Elijah Stevens/Daniel Staniszewski||112||Cubby Wolf||#12 Jack Guerrero|
|#15 Heremius Cheff||Chet Staniszewski||119||#9 Cameron Litaker||#9(112) Harris Meekhof/Reece Meyers|
|#15 Ryan Angelo||#1 Joe Haynes||125||#2 Aaron Lucio/#12 Kyle Stampfly||Hilton Rood/Lucas Meyers|
|Luke Francis||#2 Dru Wilson||130||Kent Heppler||Caleb Huyser/Ben Bakran|
|#3 Carson Richards/Nolan Weber||#8 Gavin Shoobridge||135||Braedyn Baryo|
|#10 Mathew Booth/Ethan Radvansky||140||#1 Micah Hanau/Dillan Plisow||#6(135) Cristian Perez|
|#9 Easton Phipps/Jayden Compton||#3(140) Josh Howey||145||Luke Ponton||Cameron Moore|
|#5 Brady Benson||Vincent Provo||152||James Harris||#10 Jordan Silvis|
|Damian Brody||#14(152) Dominic Johnson||160||Daniel Vaughn/Brock Strebeck||Jeremy Vandermolen|
|William Garrard||171||Tafara Rukunda||Joshua Vandermolen|
|#4 Cameron Macklem/Landon Purdue||189||Matt Vaughn||Kameron Postmus|
|#12 Zach Schmitz||Jeffery Boyd||215||RJ Veldman||Aaron Holstege|
|285||Malachi Bell||Mitch Umlor|
Since both quarterfinals on the bottom half of the bracket are projected to be close, we covered all our bases. And really, no matter how it shakes out, look for an equally similar dual in the semifinals.
The interesting thing about this scenario is that each matchup yields a different, but equally close dual. Matchups make duals, and these teams are separated by single digits on paper. Hard to really break down each different scenario in depth since only one is going to happen, but Lakeshore is the projected winner, as they're narrowly favored over both Goodrich and Tower. If that's the case, it'd be the Lancers' first State Finals appearance since 1994.
- IF Goodrich vs Lakeshore: Lakeshore by 7
- IF Goodrich vs Allendale: Goodrich by 5
- IF Tower vs Lakeshore: Lakeshore by 6
- IF Tower vs Allendale: Allendale by 2
PROJECTED FINALS MATCHUP
|Christopher Rogers/Steve Skinner||103||#14 Taylor Lucas||Dylan Angelo||#4 Tyler Daniel||Tyler Brown|
|Easton Lyons||112||Cubby Wolf||#10 Brody Orcutt||Elijah Stevens/Daniel Staniszewski||#12 Jack Guerrero|
|#4 Ramsy Mutschler||119||#9 Cameron Litaker||#15 Heremius Cheff||Chet Staniszewski||#9(112) Harris Meekhof/Reece Meyers|
|#7 Landon Miller||125||#2 Aaron Lucio/#12 Kyle Stampfly||#15 Ryan Angelo||#1 Joe Haynes||Hilton Rood/Lucas Meyers|
|#4 James Link||130||Kent Heppler||Luke Francis||#2 Dru Wilson||Caleb Huyser/Ben Bakran|
|#1 Zeth Strejc/Nate Cleaver||135||Braedyn Baryo||#3 Carson Richards/Nolan Weber||#8 Gavin Shoobridge|
|Cole Huisman||140||#1 Micah Hanau/Dillan Plisow||#10 Mathew Booth/Ethan Radvansky||#6(135) Cristian Perez|
|#2 Will Link/#8 Tacho Gonzales||145||Luke Ponton||#9 Easton Phipps/Jayden Compton||#3(140) Josh Howey||Cameron Moore|
|152||James Harris||#5 Brady Benson||Vincent Provo||#10 Jordan Silvis|
|#1 Doak Dean/#5 Carson Crace||160||Daniel Vaughn/Brock Strebeck||Damian Bondy||#14(152) Dominic Johnson||Jeremy Vandermolen|
|#1 Jacob Lee||171||Tafara Rukunda||William Garrard||Joshua Vandermolen|
|#6 Derek Mohr||189||Matt Vaughn||#4 Cameron Macklem/Landon Purdue||Kameron Postmus|
|#4 Carter Blough||215||RJ Veldman||#12 Zach Schmitz||Jeffery Boyd||Aaron Holstege|
|#1 Keegan Nugent||285||Malachi Bell||Mitch Umlor|
Piggybacking off that 2/3/6/7 semi, no matter how it shakes out, look for Lowell to once again be hoisting a mitten by days end. Each team presents a different challenge for the Arrows but twelve top-eight ranked wrestlers is an uphill battle for any team to undertake. Interestingly, Warren Woods Tower would be projected to give them the toughest dual of the four (without the aforementioned Embree and Radvansky).
Since Lakeshore is favored to be the opponent here, we can take a quick look at that matchup as their some intriguing individual bouts. 119 would likely be #4 Mutschler vs #9 Litaker, a match won by Litaker in the 2019 3rd-place bout, 3-0. Lowell could opt to bump Strejc to 140 to set up a 1 vs 1 match with Hanau, in a rematch of last year's state final. And 125/130 should feature state qualifiers in Lowell's Miller and Link vs Lakeshore's Lucio and Stampfly.
- IF Lowell vs Lakeshore, Lowell by 32
- IF Lowell vs Goodrich, Lowell by 30
- IF Lowell vs Tower, Lowell by 21
- IF Lowell vs Allendale, Lowell by 49