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D3 State Quarterfinal Preview

By Michigan Grappler, 02/23/17, 9:30AM EST


#1 Richmond v. Bye
As many now know, Mt. Morris used a wrestler ineligible for a weight class in the regional win over Birch Run. This disqualifies Mt. Morris and advances the Blue Devils to the semi-finals

#4 Lake Fenton v. #5 Whitehall
Ranked Wrestlers: 10
This dual is as close as they get. It will depend on the flexibility of both teams to get the matchups needed to come out on top. Lake Fenton has a lot of firepower with 3 wrestlers ranked #1 in the weight class. Whitehall is tough throughout the lineup with 4 ranked wrestlers. Even though Lake Fenton gives up 2 voids, their big point scorers may be too much.
Prediction: Lake Fenton 32 Whitehall 29

#6 Lakewood v. #3 Chippewa Hills
Ranked Wrestlers: 15
Chippewa Hills belongs in the conversation this year with Richmond and Dundee. They have 12 guys ranked with a ton of flexibility. Lakewood has had a quietly strong season but Chippewa Hills should prove to be overwhelming for them. Chippewa Hills might be the number 3 seed this year but they could easily be the team hoisting the championship trophy on saturday afternoon.
Prediction: Chippewa Hills 38 Lakewood 18

#2 Dundee v. #7 Caro
Ranked Wrestlers: 14
Caro has a few tough wrestlers and we could possibly see a potential state finals matchup at 140 with Zach Bellaire of Dundee and DJ Daniels of Caro. Dundee has 11 ranked wrestlers in MI Grapplers 2/8 rankings to Caro’s 3. It is going to be tough for Caro to overcome this. Dundee rolls into the semifinals unscathed.
Prediction Dundee 48 Caro 12