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Top 10 Upsets From Week 1

By MI Grappler, 12/12/17, 9:30AM EST


10.  Rocco Spindler (Clarkston) dec. #9 Donald Farris (WJG) 7-6
Gonna be honest here.  Didn't know who Rocco Spindler was before this weekend, but a Google search changed that quickly.  He's a 6'5" 250 lb freshman who played for the Clarkston state championship football team and his father, Marc, played D-Line for the Lions.  He picked up his first big win on Saturday when he knocked off #9 Farris.  It'll be interesting to see where he slots in as the season progresses, but athleticism certainly won't be an issue.

9.  Josh Hettrick (Dearborn Hts Annapolis) dec. #4 Keff O'Connell (WW Tower) 6-5
Hettrick was another top-15 incoming freshman and got his high school career off to a good start by taking down returning state placer O'Connell, 6-5.  Annapolis has a tough stretch of middleweights and that will only help Hettrick as he continues his rookie campaign.

8.  Noah Hubbard (Jackson) dec. #4 Gus Reynolds (Jackson) 13-9
Last year Hubbard qualified for regionals at 215 while Reynolds was a state placer at 160.  This year they met somewhere in between at 171.  Hubbard came out on top with a 13-9 decision and picked up a quality win at his home tournament.

7.  Dominick Lomazzo (DCC) dec. #1 Noah Comar (Clinton) 3-0/#4 Kyle Borthwell (WJG) 7-1
There's a chance we look back at these at the end of the year and don't consider them upsets.  But anytime you knock off two two-time state placers, one of whom is a state champ, in your first tournament it's pretty impressive.  The Shamrock freshman could see time at a couple of weights but one thing is clear - he can compete with anyone.

6.  Gary Nilson (Utica Ford) dec. #5 Steven Garty (Davison) 3-2/#6 Mark Brado (Waterford Kettering) 5-3
Like Lomazzo, Nilson knocked off a pair of all-staters in Garty and Brado.  The Utica Ford frosh was hailed as a top-ten incoming freshman in the Class of 2021 and this opening weekend performance lends some credence to that.  

5.  Greyson Stevens (Brighton) dec. #3 Devin Trevino (Oxford) 2-1
While size certainly may have played a part here, Stevens notched a big win over all-stater Trevino.  Trevino bumped to 189 from 71 (though he may be down at 160 later) and saw a 1-0 lead evaporate in the waning seconds as Stevens scored a reversal for the win in a tight dual.

4.  Seth Hoonhurst (Hudsonville) dec. #4 Lance Clapp (Swartz Creek) 12-5
Hoonhurst had the misfortune of being a backup to all-stater Lane Potter of Hudsonville the past few years.  He made the most of his first opportunity in the lineup knocking off state qualifier and 4th-ranked Clapp of Swartz Creek.  Two lateral drops for ten points proved to be the difference.

3.  Blake Williams (Belleville) md. #3 Quenten Hall (Dewitt) 10-2
Quite the debut weekend for Belleville freshman Blake Williams as he knocked off returning all-stater Quenten Hall.  A MYWA runner-up last year, Williams looked great at The Herm even after this win.  He fell short of making the finals but rebounded to take 3rd.

2.  Jacob Campbell (Ida) dec. #2 Trent Sexton (Clinton) 6-4
Another big upset came on opening night as Ida senior Jacob Campbell upended second-ranked Trent Sexton.  Campbell sat out last season and was 13-15 two years ago; Sexton finished 8th in the state last year.  No doubt a great start to Campbell's season.

1.  Dillon Reeder (Allendale) fall #1 Gerrit Yates (Hesperia) 3:30
Three-time state finalist and 2017 state champ Yates was stunned on opening night when he fell victim to Dillon Reeder by fall.  Reeder, a regional qualifier last year, slipped a leg in and powerhalfed Yates over to secure the pin late in the 2nd period.