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D1 State Quarterfinal Preview

By Michigan Grappler, 02/23/17, 9:15AM EST

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Oxford-Hartland semifinal rematch from last year going down tomorrow

#1 DCC vs. #8 Brighton
Ranked Wrestlers: 16
This matchup is interesting in the fact that Brighton is the only team to have 8 individual qualifiers to the state tournament and only earn an 8 seed. This quarterfinal matchup does not bode well for the bulldogs though; they will go to battle against the toughest team in the state of Michigan regardless of division. Last week the Shamrocks saw all 14 wrestlers advance to the individual state finals. This shows the depth they have, and it shows they plan on flexing that depth.
Prediction: DCC 48 Brighton 9

 

#3 Dakota v. #6 John Glenn
Ranked Wrestlers: 13
This will be a great quarterfinal matchup as these teams have wrestled already this season to a close dual. Dakota won the first meeting 37-27 and both teams had wrestlers out of the lineup. This time around it should be about the same. John Glenn is tough but they do not have the horses to knock off Dakota.
Prediction: Dakota 36 John Glenn 24

 

#4 Oxford v. #5 Hartland
Ranked Wrestlers: 11
This is one of the more anticipated match ups of day 1 in D1. Hartland is the returning state champions and recently qualified 9 to the state tournament. This is their 16th straight trip to the top 8, Oxford is no stranger to the Team finals though as they have been there 8 of the last 9 seasons and have made the 2nd day 7 of those. It is hard to bet against either of these teams, this one should be close.
Prediction: Oxford 29 Hartland 28

 

#2 Davison v. #7 Grandville
Ranked Wrestlers: 18
It may seem as if Grandville got a bad draw here, but they are competitive. They have the potential to win this dual; it is just going to depend on matchups. Davison has some flexibility and may choose to move guys around in order to take advantage of points. This one on paper can be really close; the Cards are just a bit too powerful.
Prediction: Davison 36 Grandville 24