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Super 32: Michigan's 10 Best Bets

By MI Grappler, 10/22/21, 11:30AM EDT


Super 32 kicks off this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Without question the premier folkstyle national tournament in the US, Michigan is bringing a solid lineup of wrestlers from elementary through high school.  Action starts Saturday and continues Sunday, live on  Take a look below at 10 wrestlers who may be the state's best bets this weekend.

Caden Horwath

Horwath enters as the #3 seed and is a returning Super 32 champ.  If any Michigander is coming home with a belt this weekend on the high school side, he is likely the best bet.  After an injury in Fargo foiled what looked like would be a deep run into the tournament, you can almost guarantee he'll have a chip on his shoulder heading into this weekend.  To repeat last year's performance won't be any easy task as 120 yields one of the deepest fields of the tourney, including #1 Nate Jesuroga and #3 Joey Cruz.

Cecilia Williams

Williams entered the national conversation one year ago at Super 32 when she stormed to the finals.  Since then, she's continued her dominance and ranks #1 in the nation for high school girls as an 8th grader.  She'll headline three top-12 ranked Michigan girls entered in the tournament, and will also be pulling double duty, as she's competing in the middle school division as well.

Dylan Gilcher

After a 4th-place finish in 2019, Gilcher missed out on the top-8 a year ago and will look to rebound.  He enters as the 7th seed at 138, a weight that doesn't really have a clear favorite heading in.  The DCC junior is as savvy as anyone has the experience and skill level to make a very deep run.

Drew Heethuis

Another DCC junior, Heethuis sees his first competition since a remarkable Junior Nationals, where he placed 7th.  This is likely the last time he'll see 113, so he should be on the bigger side of the weight, and you can expect he'll pick up momentum the later he goes into the tournament.  He currently sits at the #14 seed.

Caden Ferris

After a GFC runner-up finish, Ferris will look to garner his first All-American finish at a major national event.  The upper weights are always much tougher to gauge at this point of the season, but the fact that he has some matches under his belt already will certainly help his cause.  The future Chippewa comes in as the 7th-seeded wrestler at 220 lbs.  

Remy Cotton

Cotton had a breakout year in 2021, picking up some significant wins en route to a state runner-up finish.  Now at Davison, he'll be in search of his best major national finish to date.  The 19 seed at 182, Cotton has shown he can wrestle with anyone, he'll just need to string together a few of those wins this weekend.

Marcello Milani

One of three seeded at 113 from Michigan, Milani sits at #13 currently.  Although it's well documented that he doesn't wrestle the high school season and competes quite frequently in the international styles, he's still a tough out in folkstyle.  He won the IHPO in September and was 4th at last year's GFC.  Expect him to be very much in the mix this weekend.

Jackson Blum

The top P4P freshman in the state wasted little time making waves on the high school circuit, as he picked up a GFC title three weeks back.  Add in the fact that he was 6th in 16U freestyle this summer and it's clear he's capable of wrestling with anyone.  Seeded 20th at 113, he'll look to see where he fits in among the nation's elite lightweights.

Darius Marines

Marines won the IHPO at 148 in September and was 3rd at GFC at 152.  After winning a D1 title in his freshman year, he was unable to compete in the offseason due to injury, so he's really still relatively off the radar to most national pundits.  Although he enters unseeded, don't be surprised if he's wrestling on Sunday.  

Nathan Jerore

The UofM commit scooped up his second GFC 4th-place finish in as many years earlier this month and, like Marines, enters unseeded at 145.  Jerore missed the postseason a year ago, though he ended the year undefeated and will enter his senior campaign ranked #1.  He's competed well with ranked opponents and can grind out a close match when he needs it, so he'll have a shot to make some waves.

High School Entries

Jamarcus Smith (Detroit Mumford)
Malachi Kapenga (Hamilton)
Talan Parsons (Ovid Elsie)

Drew Hansen (Gladstone)
Jackson Blum (Lowell)
Marcello Milani (OLSM)
Drew Heethuis (Detroit CC)

Nolan Wertanen (St. Joseph)
Jak Keller (Rockford)
Caden Horwath (Davison)

Harris Meekhof (Allendale)
Kaden Chinavare (Dundee)
Ashton Corson (Middleville)
Elijah Bunn (Rockford)
Aaron Lucio (Stevensville Lakeshore)

Logan Klinge (Hopkins)
Mason Stewart (Detroit CC)
Kole Katschor (Dundee)

Owen Foster (West Ottawa)
Dylan Gilcher (Detroit CC)

Noah Ledford (Zeeland East)
Darius Marines (Detroit CC)
Nathan Jerore (Woodhaven)
Aiden Davis (Dundee)

Micah Hanau (Stevensville Laksehore)

William Bradley (Paw Paw)
Gavin Wilmoth (TC St. Francis)

Remy Cotton (Davison)

Caden Ferris (Delton Kellogg)

Girls Entries

108 - Cecilia Williams
139 - Mishell Rebisch
148 - Amarisa Manuel

Middle School Entries

70 - Carter Smith
75 - Layne Martin
80 - Mason Katschor
85 - Wyatt Lees
95 - Nick Sorrow
105 - Quinten Cassiday
112 - Bryce Morrison
112 - Vaughn Tarbet
112 - Cecilia Williams
120 - Austin Gyorkos
136 - Blake Sloan
180 - Paxton Heitsch

Elementary Entries

45 - Kaiden Galindez 
50 - Easton Egan

80 - Chase Morrison
80 - Brody Ashley