Michigan netted eight total placers across all divisions this weekend at the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, NC. The Great Lakes state picked up two placers each in the High School, Girls, Middle School, and 8U Divisions.
On the high school side, DCC junior Dylan Gilcher was the highest finisher, placing 7th at 138 pounds. Gilcher went 7-2 on the weekend, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to the eventual champ, Beau Mantanona, 3-1. With the placement, Gilcher becomes the 16th Michigander to earn multiple top-8 finishes at Super 32.
Caden Ferris of Delton Kellogg also made the podium, placing 8th at 220 pounds. Ferris also was a quarterfinalist, winning his first three matches and, after dropping his match in the quarters, picked up a fall in the bloodround.
Five other wrestlers posted records above .500 on the weekend - Jamarcus Smith (3-2), Drew Heethuis (4-2), Marcello Milani (3-2), Jackson Blum (5-2), and Darius Marines (4-2). Blum made the deepest run of the bunch, coming up one match shy of placement, and defeating both Milani and Heethuis in the wrestlebacks.
The girls division saw a pair of 4th-place finishes from Cecilia Williams and Amarisa Manuel.
Williams was upended in the quarters by #11 Karlee Brooks (AZ). On the backside of the bracket, she rattled off three straight wins against the #16, #8, and #5 ranked wrestlers in the nation before falling to Brooks again for 3rd-place.
Also wrestling a handful of nationally-ranked opponents, #7 Manuel scored wins over the #8, #22, and #24 ranked opponents, and took losses to wrestlers tabbed as the #5 and #25 grapplers in the country. Of note, Manuel had five pins on the tournament.
The two champions hailing from Michigan came in the Middle School and 8U divisions. Carter Smith took home the belt at 70 pounds in Middle School, going a perfect 4-0 on the tournament, grinding out four decisions en route to a title. Kaiden Galindez earned his championship at 45 pounds in 8U, picking up a fall, a 6-0 decision, and a 2-1 decision in the finals.
Rounding out the middle school placers were Wyatt Lees, who placed 7th at 90 lbs in Middle School, and Easton Egan, who was 4th at 50 pounds in 8U.