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2022 MIG Dream Team

By MI Grappler , 08/08/22, 5:30PM EDT

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*Moving forward, the Michigan Grappler Dream Team will be released annually following Fargo Freestyle and Greco national championships in July

Wrestler of the Year - Casey Swiderski (Dundee)

Swiderski finished up one of the great high school careers in MHSAA history. He finished his Senior season with a fourth state title, only the 31st wrestler in history to accomplish that feat. He joined Davison's Brent Metcalf (2002-05), his future assistant coach at Iowa State, Lowell's Austin Boone (2017-20), and former Dundee teammate Stoney Buell (2018-21) as Michigan's only four-time team and individual state champions.

Throughout his career, he won the Grappler Fall Classic, placed at Super 32s, made a run to the Junior Fargo finals, and he beat previously #1 pound-for-pound Jesse Mendez of Indiana at Who's Number One. 

Casey also won the Michigan Wrestling Association's Mr. Wrestler award, presented to the state's top Senior. Swiderski will be wrestling for Iowa State this Fall. 

Coach of the Year - Tim Roberts (Dundee)

In his 23rd and final season as head coach at Dundee, Tim Roberts had arguably one of his most impressive teams, leading the Vikings to a top-50 national ranking. In his head coaching career, Roberts led Dundee to 10 MHSAA Division 3 state championships, which is the most state championships by any coach in MHSAA history. The latest capped off the fifth straight for Roberts and Dundee and ninth overall since 2011. Additionally, Roberts has led the Vikings to 23 straight district titles, winning regionals 22 of the past 23 years. In all, Roberts amassed 574 dual meet wins, and he coached 55 individuals to state championships.

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) 

1ST TEAM DREAM TEAM

103 - Jamarcus Smith (Detroit Mumford) SR

En route to becoming the first ever Detroit Public Schools state champion, Jamarcus Smith went 19-3. Smith accumulated 10 falls, including a 3rd period pin in the state finals match.

112 - Jackson Blum (Lowell) FR

Blum had an outstanding freshman campaign, going 40-3 and winning the D2 112lb state championship. He also racked up 25 pins on the season. Before the season, Blum burst onto the national scene by winning the Grappler Fall Classic, and he followed it up with a 7th place finish at 16U Freestyle in Fargo in July.

119 - Braeden Davis (Dundee) JR

Davis ended his Junior season with a third state championship, as well as reaching the #1 spot in national rankings. Davis went 43-2 on the season. He is now a Cadet and Junior freestyle national champion, Super 32 finalist, and a Grappler Fall Classic champ. He will be heading to Penn State after his Senior season.

125 - Caden Horwath (Davison) JR

Horwath makes his third Dream Team after winning his third state championship. Horwath went a perfect 30-0 in his Junior season with 20 pins. He finished the season ranked 7th in the country and wrapped up the circuit with a runner-up performance in Junior freestyle in Fargo. Horwath will be a Wolverine following his Senior season.

130 - Clayton Jones (Detroit CC)

Jones finished his Junior campaign with a 38-3 record on his way to a D1 state championship. 27 of those wins came via bonus points. Jones won the Wadsworth Invitational for the Shamrocks and was a placer at the prestigious Dvorak tournament in Illinois.

135 - Aiden Smith (Brighton) SR

Smith reached the podium for the fourth time in his career, this time as a state champion. He went 45-1 on the season with 37 bonus point victories. Smith placed at the Grappler Gold Invite and won the Detroit Catholic Central Invitational. He will continue his career at Northern Illinois.

140 - Dylan Gilcher (Detroit CC) JR

Gilcher won his third state championship in dominant fashion this season, and he finished the season ranked 8th nationally. Gilcher, who went 41-0 on the season, added to his outstanding resume that already includes a GFC podium finish by placing 7th at Super 32 and 6th in Junior Freestyle in Fargo. Gilcher will be a Wolverine following his Senior season.

145 - Aiden Davis (Dundee) JR

Davis had a great Junior season, winning his second consecutive state championship. He also reached the podium at the Grappler Fall Classic and won the Grappler Gold Invite and Hudson Super 16. Davis finished the year a perfect 45-0 and is committed to Bucknell.

152 - Darius Marines (Detroit CC) SO

Marines won his second state championship with the Shamrocks, this time at 152lbs. Marines kicked was a Grappler Fall Classic placer and won the Hoosier Preseason Open to kick off the season. Marines finished the season 35-4 and had 22 bonus point victories.

160 - Jacob Gonzales (Holly) SR

After taking 7th as a freshman, Gonzales won three consecutive D2 state championships. Gonzales finished his Senior season with a perfect 49-0 and 32 pins. He will continue his career at Brown University in the Fall.

171 - Josh Barr (Davison) JR

Barr added to his impressive resume that already included a Grappler Fall Classic championship and Fargo All American honors. This season, Barr won his third state championship and finished the season ranked #1 nationally. He also won a Fargo Junior Freestyle national championship in July. Barr will head to Penn State following his Senior season.

189 - Remy Cotton (Davison) JR

Cotton finished his Junior campaign on top of the podium at 189lbs. Additionally, Cotton won the Grappler Gold Invite and Detroit Catholic Central Invite this season. Cotton finished the season 25-3 with 17 of those wins coming by bonus points. Cotton followed up the season with an 8th place finish at Junior Freestyle nationals in Fargo.

215 - Caden Ferris (Delton Kellogg) SR

Ferris won his second MHSAA championship after being a GFC finalist in October. Aside from his state finals match that ended in a major decision, Ferris picked up a pin in every match this season. Ferris was also able to add an 8th place finish at Super 32s, a 7th place finish in Junior Freestyle, and a 3rd place finish in Junior Greco in Fargo.

285 - Ira Jenkins (Whitehall) SR

Jenkins makes his second Dream Team after his second consecutive state championship. Jenkins reached the podium all four years, and he was also a Grappler Fall Classic placer his Sophomore year. This season, Jenkins was 53-0 and picked up a pin in every single match, and he only went to the second period three times. Jenkins will continue his career in Ann Arbor this fall.

2nd Team

103 - Talan Parsons (Ovid Elsie) SO
112 - Caleb Weiand (Macomb Dakota) JR
119 - Drew Heethuis (Detroit CC) JR
125 - Cameron Chinavare (Dundee) SO
130 - Elijah Bunn (Rockford) JR
135 - Aaron Lucio (Stevensville Lakeshore) JR
140 - Jacob Brya (St. Johns) SR
145 - Nathan Jerore (Woodhaven) SR
152 - Micah Hanau (Stevensville Lakeshore) SR
160 - Connor Owens (Flint Powers) JR
171 - Manny Rojas (Detroit CC) SR
189 - Adam Haselius (Jackson NW) JR
215 - Carter Blough (Lowell) SR
285 - Joshua Terrill (Holt) SR

Honorable Mention

103: Carter Cichocki (Lowell) FR, Dominic Gumtow (Warren Woods Tower) FR, Preston Lefevre (Clarkston) FR, Landon Sopha (Yale) FR, Ozia Wilson (Macomb Dakota) FR

112: Drew Hansen (Gladstone) SO, Kade Kluce (Dundee) SO, Mariano Lopez (Holt) JR, Easton Moran (Yale) SR, Josh Vasquez (Grandville) FR

119: Connor Busz (Clinton) JR, Josh Mars (Westland John Glenn) SR, Shawn McGuire (Iron Mountain) JR, Tee Ward (Fremont) SO, Nolan Wertanen (St. Joseph) SR

125: Ashton Corson (Middleville) SR, Tayden Miller (Mason) JR, Owen Segorski (Lowell) FR, Bryce Shingleton (Linden) JR, Mikey Wilson (Grand Rapids CC) FR

130: Dutch Ballan (TC Central) JR, Zac Gibson (Lakewood) SR, Ramsy Mutschler (Lowell) SR, Grant Stahl (Mt. Pleasant) JR, Anthony Walker (Detroit CC) SR

135: Vinnie Abbey (Hartland) SO, Aidan Bernard (Montrose) SR, Cam Freeman (Davison) SR, James Link (Lowell) SR, Mason Stewart (Detroit CC) SO

140: Manus Bennett (Marlette) JR, Evan Herriman (Davison) JR, Bronson Marry (Hudson) SR, Peter Pena (Milan) JR, Carsen Richards (Goodrich) SR

3rd Team

103 - Conor McAlary (Hudsonville) FR
112 - Connor Greer (Bay City John Glenn) FR
119 - Justin Gates (Davison) SO
125 - Fabian Facundo (Alma) FR
130 - Louden Stradling (Gaylord) JR
135 - Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) SR
140 - Ryker Johnecheck (Williamston) SR
145 - Owen Payne (Davison) SR
152 - Julius Polk (Pontiac) SR
160 - Shenard Foster (Detroit Loyola) SR
171 - Cole Hopkins (Evart) JR
189 - Kael Wisler (New Boston Huron) SR
215 - Jimmy Colley (Davison) SR
285 - Giulian Bodiu (Canton) SR

Honorable Mention

145: Mason Cantu (Hart) SR, Josh Howey (Warren Woods Tower) SR, Travis Richardson (Brighton) JR, Zam Thompson (Stevensville Lakeshore) SR, Justin VanVaerenbergh (Hartland) SR

152: Brysonn Aulbach (Rockford) SR, TJ Bunn (Detroit CC) JR, Zach Jacobs (Jackson Northwest) JR, Philip Lamka (Fenton) SO, Parker Stroud (Iron Mountain) SR

160: William Bradley (Paw Paw) SR, Rollie Denker (Temperance Bedford) SR, Nick Marienfeld (Napoleon) SR, Kent McCombs (Clinton) SR, Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) JR

171: Derek Badgley (Mason) SO, Brayden Bobo (Hartland) JR, Brayden Gautreau (Gaylord) JR, Cameron Macklem (Goodrich) SR, Joseph Marano (Dearborn Edsel Ford) SR

189: Ryan Ahern (Rockford) SO, Drew Allgeyer (Bark River Harris) JR, Cameron Kimble (Hudson) SR, Jacob Munger (Alma) SR, Aidan Wardell (Midland Dow) SR

215: James Campbell (Mattawan) SR, Shane Cook (Whitehall) JR, Avery Dickerson (Hartland) SR, Hunter Huguelet (Gladwin) SR, Jacob Navarro (Woodhaven) JR

285: Joshua Boggan (Kalamazoo Central) SR, Joshua Cook (Ferndale) SR, Levi Harber (Montrose) SR, Isiah Pasik (New Lothrop) SR, Andrew Quinn (Mason County Central) SR