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2020 MIG High School Dream Team

By MI Grappler, 03/21/20, 12:30PM EDT


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Wrestler of the Year - Austin Boone (Lowell)

Boone compiled an amazing season from start to finish en route to becoming the 27th four-time state champion in state history.  In the preseason he was 3rd at the GFC, 3rd at the Journeymen Fall Classic, and 3rd at Super 32, where he won 11 straight matches in the wrestle backs.  He was also named MVP of the Midwest Elite Combine.  In season, Boone was dominant with a 41-0 record and 31 falls.  He won championships at the GGI, DCC Invite, and Brecksville along the way. His four state titles and four team titles made him just the second person ever to accomplish such a feat (Metcalf).  Happy Valley is the next destination as Boone has signed with Penn State for his college career.

Past WOTY Winners
2020 - Austin Boone (Lowell) 2019 - Cameron Amine (DCC), 2018 - Brandon Whitman (Dundee), 2017 - Jelani Embree (Warren Lincoln), 2016 - Ian Parker (St. Johns), 2015 - Logan Massa (St. Johns), 2014 - Zac Hall (St. Johns), 2013 - Adam Coon (Fowlerville), 2012 - Taylor Massa (St. Johns), 2011 - Roger Wildmo (Durand), 2010 - Jackson Morse (Lowell), 2009 - Dan Yates (Hesperia), 2008- Ben Bennett (Rockford), 2007 - Justin Zeerip (Hesperia)

Coach of the Year - Jeff Rolland (Clinton)

Rolland led his Clinton team into the history books as the Redskins won their first state championships in school history.  Seeded 3rd, they had to go through both New Lothrop and Hudson, the Division 4 powers who'd combined to win the previous 11 titles.  They won those duals by 6 and 9 points, respectively, and finished with a 31-5 record.  On the individual side, the Redskins had 13 state qualifiers, 9 state placers, 3 finalists, and one state champ.  Clinton will be a force for years to come as all 13 qualifiers return next year and their 15U team won MYWA Team State.

Past COTY Winners
2020 - Jeff Rolland (Clinton), 2019 - Scott Marry (Hudson), 2018 - Mitch Hancock (DCC), 2017 - Brandon Day (Richmond), 2016 - Todd Cheney (Hartland), 2015 - Tony Greathouse (Brighton), 2014 - Dave Dean (Lowell) 

103 - Caden Horwath (Davison) FR

Horwath put together a dominant season en route to winning his first state title.  Before he put on a Davison singlet, he already had a pair of National Runner-Up finishes in Cadet Folkstyle and Freestyle.  He was also 3rd at the GFC.  In December, he won the GGI and was named lower weight Outstanding Wrestler.  Horwath went 43-2 on the year.  

112 - Jacob Brya (St. Johns) SO

Now a 2x state champ, Brya plowed through the season en route to a perfect 41-0 record.  He was 2nd at the GFC and won the GGI and DCC Invite.  Of his 41 victories, just six went the distance (4 majors, 2 decisions).  

119 - Joe Haynes (Warren Woods Tower) JR

Haynes put up a 49-3 mark for the Titans and won his first title after 2nd and 3rd-place finishes.  He won the DCC Invite with three straight wins over opponents who'd go on to place top-4 in the state.  In Michigan,  Haynes did not give up an offensive point all season after the first match of the year, which was at 125.  

125 - Andrew Chambal (Davison) SR

Chambal makes his second dream ('18) after an outstanding senior campaign for the Cards, capping a career in which he placed top-3 all four years.  He won the GGI, DCC Invite, and his second state title.  Chambal was 2nd at the GFC and one match from placing at Super 32.  He'll continue his career in the fall at Michigan State.

130 - Sam Freeman (Brighton) SR

Freeman picked up his first championship in his final year, after placing 6th and 3rd the previous two trips.  He was 2nd at GGI, DCC Invite, and Maumee Bay Classic.  He also placed 4th at the GFC in the preseason.  Freeman is still undecided on college - the highest rated senior still on the board.

135 - Eddie Homrock (Brighton) SR

Homrock won his second state championship for the Bulldogs and posted a 44-3 record.  The future Spartan scored bonus in every match but three against Michigan competition.  He also won the GFC in October and was 2nd at the GGI, DCC Invite, and Maumee Bay Classic.

140 - Josh Edmond (Detroit CC) SR

Senior Josh Edmond makes his first Dream Team after a brilliant career which saw him win three titles for the Shamrocks.  He went a perfect 43-0 and pinned or teched every opponent from districts to state.  Edmond also placed 4th at Super 32 and will head to Missouri for his collegiate career.

145 - Chayse LaJoie (Gaylord) SR

The only non-state champ on the First Team, LaJoie bumped to 145 to challenge WOTY Boone, coming up just shy in a 4-3 decision.  In the summer, he won his second Junior Greco title and finished 3rd in Junior Freestyle.  LaJoie ends his career as a 4x state finalist and will join older brother Dom at Cornell next year.

152 - Josh Barr (Davison) FR

One of two Davison freshmen on the First Team, Barr went unbeaten with a 39-0 mark.  He became just the second freshman D1 state champ above 152 lbs in the last 20 years (Facundo).  During the season he won titles at the DCC Invite and GGI, where he was the upper weight OW.  Barr also placed 6th at the GFC after earning AA honors at Fargo in the summer.

160 - Derek Gilcher (Detroit CC) SR

Gilcher picked up his third state championship and recorded a 45-2 record in his final prep season.  He was runner-up at the DCC Invite and Brecksville (OH) Tournament.  In October, he stormed to a GFC title and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors after defeating MSU signee Chase Saldate, who's currently ranked #1 in the nation.  Gilcher has signed with Indiana University.

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171 - Alex Facundo (Davison) JR

The nation's top-ranked wrestler at 170 lbs lands on his 3rd Dream Team after cruising to title number three.  He won titles at the GGI, DCC Invite, and Brecksville during the year to go along with another Cadet World Bronze in the summer.  Michigan fans will have one more year to see Facundo up close before he heads to Penn State.

189 - Manny Rojas (Detroit CC) SO

Rojas picked up his first state championship this year, going 46-1 during the season.  He won the DCC Invite and was 3rd at Brecksville.  All of his wins but five resulted in bonus points, and went 5-1 against other state finalists.  He was a Cadet finalist in freestyle for the second straight summer leading into his sophomore year.

215 - Brendin Yatooma (Detroit CC) SR

Yatooma repeated for the Shamrocks at 215 and makes his first Dream Team.  He was unbeaten in the state with his only loss coming in the Brecksville finals.  Recently committed to Michigan, Yatooma won titles at the DCC Invite and Oakland County before picking up his second state title.

285 - Steven Kolcheff (Detroit CC) SR

A three-time finalist, Kolcheff capped off his career with a second state title.  He took one loss in state and reversed that in the state finals.  Like Yatooma, he was 2nd at Brecksville and champ at both the DCC Invite and Oakland County.  He'll continue his career at Old Dominion University. 

2nd Team Dream Team

103 - Louden Stradling (Battle Creek Lakeview) FR
112 - Dylan Gilcher (Detroit CC) FR
119 - Brendan Ferretti (Macomb Dakota) JR
125 - Andrew Hughes (Charlotte) SR
130 - Dylan Phelps (Holt) SR
135 - Casey Swiderski (Dundee) SO
140 - Nate Young (Holly) SR
145 - Skyler Crespo (Mendon) SR
152 - Jacob Gonzales (Holly) SO
160 - Caleb Fish (Eaton Rapids) SR
171 - Omari Embree (Warren Woods Tower) SO
189 - Logan Badge (Clinton) SO
215 - Luke Davis (Richmond) SR
285 - Jake Swirple (Livonia Franklin) SR

Honorable Mention

103 - Braeden Davis (Dundee) FR, Quaylon Newton (Brighton) SO, Grant Stahl (Mt. Pleasant) FR, Nolan Wertanen (St. Joseph) SO, Patrick Wlodyga (Hartland) SO

112 - Kaden Chinavare (Dundee) FR, Hunter Keller (Richmond) JR, Bronson Marry (Hudson) SO, Jack Parker (Spring Lake) JR, Aiden Smith (Brighton) SO

119 - Zein Bazzi (Dearborn Hts. Crestwood) JR, Andrew Hampton (Stoney Creek) JR, Ben Modert (Bronson) SR, Sean Spidle (Flint Powers) SR, Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) SO

125 - Aiden Davis (Dundee) FR, Ryan Franco (Niles) SR, Ryker Johnecheck (Williamston) SO, Jaron Johnson (Carson City) JR, John Henry Sosa (Gaylord) SR

130 - Micah Hanau (Stevensville Lakeshore) SO, Brock Holek (Durand) JR, Brody Kemper (Grand Blanc) SR, Caden Natale (Hudson) JR, Jacob Shelby (Manchester) SR

135 - Evan Herriman (Davison) FR, Nick Matusko (Chelsea) SR, Owen Norman (Caledonia) JR, Camden Trupp (Detroit CC) JR, Jamison Ward (Carson City) SR

140 - William Bradley (Paw Paw) SO, Chris Haynes (Eaton Rapids) SR, Christian Killion (Dundee) SR, Landyn VanWyk (Lawton) SR, Trenton Wachter (Rockford) JR

3rd Team Dream Team

103 - Drew Heethuis (Detroit CC) FR
112 - Jordan Rodriguez (Chesaning) SR
119 - Hunter Assenmacher (Ida) SR
125 - Mason Shrader (Brighton) JR
130 - Austin Fietz (Dundee) JR
135 - Shane Williams (Stevensville Lakeshore) SR
140 - Zach Johnson (Brighton) JR
145 - TJ Daugherty (Waterford Kettering) SR
152 - Logan Sanom (Detroit CC) SR
160 - Stoney Buell (Dundee) JR
171 - Cody Brenner (New Boston Huron) JR
189 - Jon Clack (Lakewood) SR
215 - Luke Stanton (Brighton) SR
285 - Grant Clarkson (Lakewood) SR

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Honorable Mention

145 - James Johnston (Davison) JR, Marc Shaeffer (Detroit CC) SR, Logan Slominski (Sparta) JR, Tyler Swiderski (Dundee) JR, Justin Van Vaerenbergh (Hartland) JR

152 - James Fotis (Lowell) SR, Chad Haynes (Eaton Rapids) SR, Dominick Lomazzo (Dundee) JR, Gary Nilson (Utica Ford) JR, Thomas Potter (Springport) SR

160 - Colton Blaha (Owosso) SR, Leo Galasso (Kalamazoo Central) JR, Jay Nivison (Davison) SR, Nelson Poet (New Boston Huron) SR, Blake Williams (Belleville) JR

171 - Dane Donabedian (Brighton) SR, Josh Kenny (Grandville) SR, Jacob Lee (Lowell) JR, Brock Nelson (Pine River) SR, Vincent Scaramuzzino (Croswell Lexington) JR

189 - Justin Carnahan (New Lothrop) SR, Damon Dunbar (Birmingham Groves) SR, Colin Jagielski (Temperance Bedford) SR, John Shelton (East Grand Rapids) SR, Tristan Vance (Clio) SR

215 - Jimmy Colley (Davison) SO, Boe Eckman (Constantine) JR, Hunter McCall (Reeths Puffer) SR, Keigan Nugent (Lowell) JR, Camden Orr (New Lothrop) JR

285 - Emmett Bingaman (Mendon) SR, Jack Gilchrist (Mason) SR, Joe Harper (Imlay City) SR, Simon Lato (Manchester) SR, Terrance Watson (Birch Run) SR