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Team Regional Preview - D2

By MI Grappler, 02/15/17, 2:45PM EST


109-2 Petoskey - 6pm
#3 St Johns vs Clio
#5 Gaylord vs Marquette

This should prove to be a great regional final as #3 St. Johns and #5 Gaylord are on a collision course with one another. They have not wrestled yet this year but have crossed paths at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions. St. Johns placed higher but as we know by experience an individual tournament and a dual meet are 2 very different things. This is a dual that could go either way, as both squads will be properly prepared and well coached. Prediction: St. Johns by 1

110-2 Goodrich - 6pm
Linden vs Orchard Lake St Mary's
Ortonville-Brandon vs Marysville

This regional is intriguing as Marysville knocked off #9 Goodrich in the district to earn their spot here. In the first round Linden should get past Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, but there is no guarantee that Marysville will sweep past Brandon with ease. Brandon is a tough squad that if they play their cards right can make a good dual out of it. Prediction: Marysville over Linden by 10+

111-2 Sparta - 6pm
#1 Lowell vs Fruitport
Greenville vs Muskegon Reeths-Puffer

About 6-7 years ago this would have been one of the most highly anticipated regionals in the state. Not this year, #1 Lowell should roll. Prediction: Lowell by 40+

112-2 Allegan - 6pm
Allegan vs Hastings
Byron Center vs #6 Allendale

Allegan is always a tough team with good, hard-nosed wrestlers. This year however #6 Allendale is too deep for Allegan Prediction: Allendale by 8

113-2 Stevensville Lakeshore - 5:30pm
Coldwater vs Battle Creek Harper Creek
Mattawan vs #4 Niles

It was 2013 when #4 Niles made the state meet for the first time in the modern era, since then they have not looked back. Niles has been a mainstay at the MHSAA Team State Finals since then with the exception of last season. This year, they are back and as good as they have ever been. Prediction: Niles by 12

114-2 Mason - 5pm
#7 DeWitt vs Lansing Eastern
#10 Mason vs #8 Eaton Rapids

There are 3 ranked teams all at this regional. #10 Mason and #8 Eaton Rapids will meet in one semifinal while #7 DeWitt will wrestle Lansing Eastern in the other. This regional is one of the toughest to make predictions on but here goes! Prediction: Mason over Eaton Rapids, Dewitt over Mason by 1

115-2 New Boston-Huron - 5pm
Trenton vs South Lyon
New Boston-Huron vs Tecumseh

In another highly contested regional, Tecumseh and New Boston-Huron meet in the semifinals. The winner should move on to the finals and ultimately on to McGuirk. Prediction: New Boston-Huron by 3

116-2 Warren Woods-Tower
#2 Warren Woods-Tower vs Madison Heights Lamphere - 5pm
Melvindale vs Redford Union

#2 Tower has wrestled some of the toughest teams in the state this year. This will prove valuable as they move toward their pending matchup with Lowell in Mt. Pleasant (granted they get there). Tower should have no problem moving on to the quarterfinals. Prediction: Tower by 20