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2021 MIG High School Dream Team

By MI Grappler, 07/07/21, 12:30AM EDT


WRESTLER OF THE YEAR - Alex Facundo (Davison)

Facundo put together one of the most impressive high school careers in MHSAA history, becoming just the 28th four-time state champion in state history.  Facundo was ranked first in the country from preseason through the postseason, as well as coming in at #2 in Matscout's Pound for Pound rankings. He also joins exclusive company, becoming just the second four-time Michigan Grappler Dream Team first teamer (Taylor Massa).

Facundo has participated in and won nearly every major tournament throughout his high school career, including the Grappler Fall Classic, Fargo, Super 32s, and making Cadet and Junior world teams.

During the shortened season, Facundo was dominant with a 27-0 record, including 15 falls and 7 tech falls.  He pinned and teched his way through districts, regionals, and the state tournament. Facundo capped off his career by leading Davison to their first team state championship since 2006. Happy Valley is the next destination as Facundo 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 - The Michigan High school wrestling coach

2021 was a unique season, to say the least. For months, it looked like there may not be a season at all. When the wrestling season was finally given the green light, there were mask mandates, testing requirements, cancellations, quarantines, etc. The fact that the season was completed at all is a huge testament to all of the outstanding coaches in the MHSAA. That said, Coach of the Year honors go to all of the coaches across the MHSAA, as everyone played an important role in making sure we could have a wrestling season.

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 - Justin Gates (DAVISON) FR

Gates was dominant all season on his way to winning his first state title.  He went a perfect 26-0 on the season with 12 pins.  Before entering high school, Gates was a middle school GFC champ. He was also 6th in the Elite division at the GFC this past Fall. Gates ended the season ranked 14th nationally.

125 - Joe Haynes (Warren Woods Tower) SR

Haynes won his second state title and made it to the dream team for the second consecutive season for the Titans.  Haynes will be attending the University of Virginia in college.

140 - Mason Shrader (brighton) SR

The 4x state placer won his first state championship as a Senior after finishing as runner-up in his Junior campaign. Shrader finished the season a perfect 33-0 with 19 pins. He will join Central Michigan in the Fall.

160 - Josh Barr (DAVISON) So

Barr makes his second dream team in his young career after winning another state championship. Barr had a busy offseason, which included winning the Grappler Fall Classic. Barr finished his Sophomore year with a 29-0 record, and he only had three matches that did not end in bonus points.

215 - Ira Jenkins (Whitehall) JR

Jenkins put together a very memorable postseason, pinning his way through districts, regionals, and the state championships. Jenkins finished the season a perfect 39-0 with an impressive 33 falls. 

112 - Braeden Davis (Dundee) SO

Now a 2x state champ, Davis put together a spectacular season, ending the season ranked 7th in the country.  In the preseason, he won the GFC at 105lbs and runner-up at Super 32s at 106lbs.  Davis was 29-0 on the season with every match ending by pin or tech. 

130 - Brendan Ferretti (Macomb DAkota) SR

Ferretti put together an outstanding season, winning his third consecutive state championship. In his Senior season, Ferretti finished a perfect 33-0 on his way to his first dream team. He will travel to Annapolis to wrestle for Navy next season.

145 - Casey Swiderski (Dundee) jR

Swiderski continued his outstanding high school career by winning his third consecutive state championship. He won the Grappler Fall Classic, picking up a big nationally-ranked win in the finals. Swiderski ends the season ranked 14th in the country. Swiderski also finished 4th at Super 32s. He has already announced his commitment to Iowa State after his Senior season.

171 - Jacob Lee (Lowell) SR

Lee added an individual state championship to go with his 4 team state championships at Lowell.  Lee finished the season with a 24-1 record. The 3x state placer will continue his career in East Lansing as a Spartan.

285 - JAyson Roy (Jackson) SR

Roy capped off his high school career by becoming the first state champ for Jackson High since 1975. Roy was 31-0 on the year with 17 pins.  He had 7 falls in the postseason alone, while going unscored upon in the other 4 matches.

119 - Caden Horwath (Davison) so

Horwath repeated as state champ for Davison and makes his second first team. He went 27-0 on the season and won the the Grappler Fall Classic in convincing fashion, as well as bringing home a belt at Super 32s at 113lbs. Horwath ended the season ranked 10th in the country.

135 - Dylan Gilcher (Detroit Catholic Central) So

Gilcher won his second state championship for the Shamrocks and makes his first dream team. He finished 4th at the Grappler Fall Classic and finished the season top-20 in the country.

152 - Jacob Gonzales (Holly) JR

Gonzales makes his first dream team after repeating as state champ in D2. He went 21-0 on the season and 73-0 over his last two seasons.

189 - Stoney Buell (Buell) SR

Buell made history by becoming only the third wrestler (Metcalf, Boone) in MHSAA history to win 4 team and 4 individual state championships. Buell finished his Senior season with a 29-0 record, beating multiple other state champions along the way.  He also took 4th at the Grappler Fall Classic. Buell will continue his career at Purdue.

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103 - Caleb Weiand (Macomb Dakota) SO
112 - Drew Heethuis (Detroit CC) SO
119 - Louden Stradling (Battle Creek Lakeview) SO
125 - Ashton Anderson (Clarkston) SR
130 - Ryker Johnecheck (Williamston) JR
135 - Evan Herriman (Davison) SO
140 - Carter Hinson (Zeeland East) SR
145 - Darius Marines (Detroit CC) FR
152 - Trenton Wachter (Rockford) SR
160 - Tyler Swiderski (Dundee) SR
171 - Dominick Lomazzo (Dundee) SR
189 - Manny Rojas (Detroit CC) JR
215 - Jimmy Colley (Davison) JR
285 - Dan McKiernan (Richmond) SR


103 - Kade Kluce (Dundee) FR
112 - Nolan Wertanen (St. Joseph) JR
119 - Kaden Chinavare (Dundee) SO
125 - Aaron Lucio (Stevensville Lakeshore) SO
130 - Dash Herrema (Grandville) SR
135 - Aiden Davis (Dundee) SO
140 - Max Brown (Whitehall) JR
145 - Camden Trupp (Detroit CC) SR
152 - James Johnston (Davison) SR
160 - Doak Dean (Lowell) SR
171 - Brayden Randolph (Clinton) SR
189 - Remy Cotton (Traverse City Central) SO
215 - CJ Krum (St. Johns) SR
285 - Keigan Nugent (Lowell) SR

Honorable Mention

103 - Zack Gittens (Stoney Creek) JR, Adam Polk (Pontiac) FR, Talan Parsons (Ovid Elsie) FR, Drew Hansen (Gladstone) FR, Connor Younts (Clinton) FR

112 - Zach Phifer (Howell) SR, Orion Wilson (Macomb Dakota) SO, Gavyn Merchant (Kingsley) FR, Coy Perry (Clinton) FR, Adrian Rosas (Southgate Anderson) SR

119- Zein Bazzi (Dearborn Hts. Crestwood) SR, Anthony Walker (Detroit CC) JR, Jack Parker (Spring Lake) SR, Josh Mars (Westland John Glenn) JR, Elijah Bunn (Rockford) SO

125 - Andrew Hampton (Stoney Creek) SR, Zac Gibson (Lakewood) JR, Randy Frailey (Hanover Horton) SR, Kiefer Kolito (DeWitt) SR, Cory Thomas (Detroit CC) FR

130- Aiden Smith (Brighton) JR, Brock Holek (Durand) SR, Jake Elasivich (Montrose) SR, Jesse Brumm (Maple Valley) SR, Bronson Marry (Hudson) JR

135 - Kavan Troy (Rochester) SR, Jack Sherman (Millington) SR, Chris Sorrow (Hanover Horton) SR, Zeth Strejc (Lowell) SR, Luke Thornton (Hartland) SR

140 - Josh Hettrick (Dearborn Hts. Annapolis) SR, Micah Hanau (Stevensville Lakeshore) JR, Ramiro Guerrero (Adrian) SR, Josh Howey (Warren Woods Tower) JR, Austin Fietz (Dundee) SR

145 - Owen Norman (Caledonia) SR, Zach Johnson (Brighton) SR, Caden Natale (Hudson) SR, Jackson Hoover (Edwardsburg) SR, Will Link (Lowell) SR

152 - Jacob Halsey (St. Joseph) JR, Gavin Wilmoth (TC St. Francis) JR, AJ Baxter (Clinton) SR, Jackson Vance (Birmingham Seaholm) SR, Grady Castle (Clarkston) SR

160 - Gary Nilson (Utica Ford) SR, Connor Owens (Flint Powers) SO, Spencer Konz (Clinton) SR, Shenard Foster (Detroit Loyola) SO, Hunter Heath (Niles Brandywine) SR

171 - Leo Gallasso (Kalamazoo Central) SR, Avery Dickerson (Hartland) JR, Kael Wisler (New Boston Huron) JR, Brennan Larion (Swartz Creek) SR, Randy Boisselle (Temperance Bedford) JR

189 - Isaac Hall (Constantine) SR, Cody Brenner (New Boston Huron) SR, Vincent Scaramuzzino (Croswell-Lexington) SR, Logan Badge (Clinton) JR, Hunter Belew (Delton Kellogg) SR

215 - Ryan Osterland (Algonac) SR, Ian Norscia (Southgate Anderson) SR, Caden Ferris (Delton Kellogg) JR, Camden Orr (New Lothrop) SR, Carter Blough (Lowell) JR

285 - Isiah Pasik (New Lothrop) JR, Levi Harber (Montrose) JR, Wyatt Bailey (Dowagiac) SR, Jaylen Culver (Romulus) SR, Joshua Terrill (Holt) JR

Photo by Tony Rotundo