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Top 50 Countdown - #46-#45

By MI Grappler, 03/18/20, 11:30AM EDT


Shane Camera and Don Whipp

46. Shane Camera

Hailing from Rochester HS, Camera was a three-time state finalist in Division 1.  He won titles as a sophomore and senior, sandwiching a runner-up finish as junior when he fell to Roy Hall.  Following graduation in 1989 he continued his career at North Carolina.

Camera was a two-time All-American for the Tar Heels, placing 8th in 1991 and 6th in 1994.  He also qualified for the tournament in 1992.  In all three trips to the NCAA tournament, he was seeded (Only top-12 at the time).  Camera helped lead UNC to three ACC titles and he netted 100+ victories.  In 2002, he was named the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.

Below is some classic footage from his YouTube channel - one of which is the 1994 NCAA quarterfinals, and the other appears to be from the 1987 Class A state tourney held at Lansing Eastern high school.  

45. Don Whipp

On the prep scene, Whipp was a two-time state finalist for Eaton Rapids in 1987 and 1988.  He was a runner-up at 185 lbs before winning a state title his senior year at 198 lbs.  In the summer of '88, he was 5th at the Junior Freestyle Nationals.

Whipp would go on to nearby Michigan State for his collegiate career, where he made three trips to the NCAA tournament at 275 lbs, culminating in a runner-up finish as a senior.  He was one match away from All-American honors as a sophomore as well and lost first round to Rulon Gardner, 7-6, his junior season (no wrestlebacks if your first round loss did not make it to quarters).  

His 119 career wins ties him with Franklin Gomez for 6th all-time in MSU history, and he was named Most Oustanding Wrestler for the Spartans three times in his career.