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Team State Preview: Friday Round #4 - D3 Quarters

By Steve Widzinski, 02/19/14, 11:30PM EST

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Swan Valley vs. GRCC has early makings of classic

#1 Dundee vs. #8 Lake Fenton

wt class Dundee score Lake Fenton
103 #10 Mandell 6-0 Kincaid
112 #3 Reinhart 9-0 Corcoran
119 D. Scholl 9-3 Zoll
125 #6 Blevins 12-3 #6 (119) Corcoran
130 #1 O'Connor 18-3 Beardsley
135 #4 Sterling 18-6 #5 (130) Barry
140 #10 B. Scholl 24-6 Franks
145 #2 (140) Rojem 28-6 Nevadomski
152 #3 (145) Marogen 28-9 #6 Sanders
160 #6 Mandell 28-12 #5 Whaley
171 Heiserman 28-18 #5 Hilger
189 #1 (171) Thompson 31-18 #3 (171) Donoho
215 #1 (189) Warren 37-18 Donnell
285 Ege 37-21 #6 (215) Hull

Dual Synopsis

I’d have to do some research, but it’s hard to imagine there ever being an #8-seed better than this Lake Fenton group. The Blue Devils were a little slow out of the gate, but they have really come on strong in the latter half of the season. I think that they are capable off knocking off anyone outside of the top-3 seeds, but Dundee is just a bit too well rounded from top to bottom. A 7/7 split is attainable if everything goes right for the Blue Devils, but ultimately bonus points will be their undoing. The only way I see Lake Fenton pulling off the biggest quarterfinal upset in recent history is if they can beat Dundee’s Tye Thompson, currently ranked #1 at 171. Lake Fenton has a pair of top-5 171lbrs of their own, but both lost to Thompson last weekend.
 

#4 Swan Valley vs. #5 Grand Rapids Catholic Central

wt class Swan Valley score GRCC
103 HM E. Hernandez 6-0 DiGiovanna
112 #6 Suitor 12-0 HM Ciucci
119 #10 J. Hernandez 12-5 #3 Schroder
125 #1 Santos 15-5 #8 Krauss
130 Bott 18-5 #9 (125) Sayfie
135 #2 Dole 18-10 #1 Limmex
140 Hart 18-16 HM (135) Forbes
145 #8 (140) Flores 24-16 Blaszak
152 #6 (145) McClean 27-16 HM J. Tennihill
160 HM Nokyos 30-16 Ens
171 HM Dwenger 30-19 HM Zervoudakis
189 Werlle 30-25 #5 G. Tennihill
215 Shanner 30-31 #2 Drummond
285 Decker 30-34 HM Hulick

Dual Synopsis

There are a few other contenders, but if I had to pick one must-see dual on Friday this would be it. Both teams have some immense firepower, and while GRCC is a bit deeper I think this is a pretty favorable matchup for Swan Valley. From 119-140 GRCC is extremely flexible, and regardless of how they choose to lineup in this stretch there should be some excellent individual matchups. The one that particularly stands out is a potential battle between two of the state’s elite sophomores: state champ Devin Schroder and runner-up Matt Santos. However, while the names might not be as recognizable, I think there’s a good chance the most critical swing match will end up coming at 171lbs between HM’s James Dwenger and AJ Zervoudakis.

#3 Richmond vs. #6 Remus Chippewa Hills

wt class Richmond score Chip Hills
103 #9 Behem 0-3 #5 Ostrander
112 Keller 0-7 #5 King
119 #1 (112) Kilburn 6-7 Ellis
125 Knuckles 6-10 HM (119) Felix
130 Barton 9-10 HM (125) Spedowski
135 #5 VanAtter 12-10 HM (130) Todd
140 #4 Burg 18-10 Wixson
145 #4 VanScoter 18-13 #7 Briscoe
152 #1 Skatzka 24-13 #9 (145) Dey
160 HM Pawlak 27-13 Peterson
171 Peltier 30-13 Russell
189 #3 McKiernan 36-13 Spedowski
215 Hinojosa 39-13 Barry
285 #8 Boyd 45-13 Whaley

Dual Synopsis

This is a rock solid Chippewa Hills squad with good depth across the board, but they will be hard pressed to stack up against Richmond. From 103-145 Chip Hills can hang, but I think Richmond runs away with it from 152 on up. One of the top matchups will come at 145 where #4 Jake VanScoter and #7 Kevin Briscoe are likely to meet. Briscoe is a returning an SQ and the more established of the two, but VanScoter vaulted up in the rankings after breaking out to win a regional title last weekend. Another to watch for will be at 112/119lbs. Both teams have wrestlers that flip back and forth between these weights so its far from a sure thing, but if #1 Aaron Kilburn and #5 Zach King do square off it could end up being a preview of next weekend’s individual semifinals at the Palace.
 

#2 Allegan vs. #7 Mason County Central

wt class Allegan score MCC
103 Schneider 6-0 Thompson
112 HM Noble 12-0 Hill
119 Orr 18-0 Foster
125 #3 Karmon 21-0 #10 Skinner
130 #7 Corey 24-0 HM Shoop
135 HM Cole 27-0 Wood
140 Huff 27-3 HM Merrick
145 #1 Simaz 32-3 HM Steiger
152 Boerman 32-6 #8 Knizacky
160 #3 Beard 36-6 Jensen
171 HM Sabin 39-6 Alvesteffer
189 HM Farrell 39-9 #6 J. Quinn
215 HM Pfau 42-9 M. Quinn
285 Marichalar 42-15 #7 Wyman

Dual Synopsis

D3 feels as deep as it has been in quite some time this season, and although they are a bit overmatched here MCC is a really tough team that has had an excellent season despite flying under the radar for much of it. Depending how the lineups play out a 7/7 split is not out of the question for MCC, but they won’t be able to match Allegan’s bonus point output. None of the individual matchups are especially notable, but I am pretty interested to see how freshman stud Jacob Shoop fares against 2X SQ and senior Zane Corey at 130.
 

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