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10 Best Team Regionals

By MI Grappler, 02/14/18, 11:45AM EST


D1 #7 Oxford vs D1 #8 Clarkston

5:30 pm @ Clarkston
Previous Result: Oxford def. Clarkston 45-12

Oxford won the first meeting quite handily but the Wolves have the ability to close the gap. In that dual, Oxford won five decisions by three points or less.  Expect Clarkston to make some lineup moves, but Oxford likely has too much firepower and should be able to withstand.  

D1 #9 Hudsonville vs Rockford

6:00 pm @ Grand Haven
Previous Result: Hudsonville def. Rockford, 34-28

In dual one, Hudsonville took three close decisions.  Rockford won the toss to get the matchups they wanted.  Both teams have a decent amount of flexibility in terms of moving guys around, so it's really just going to come down to who can grind out the close ones.  The key matches will come particularly in the middle weights.

D1 #2 Brighton vs D1 #10 Grand Ledge

6:00 pm @ Grand Ledge
Individual District Comparison: Brighton 13 RQ, Grand Ledge 11 RQ

While the Dogs should take the dual by double digits, on paper Grand Ledge is favored to win five of the weights. The Comets will likely need to find three more matches to pull an upset considering the projected bonus points for Brighton.  Nonetheless, expect a competitive Team Regional dual between the two for the the third straight year.

D2 #2 DeWitt vs D2 #5 Eaton Rapids

5:30 pm @ Eaton Rapids
Previous Result: Eaton Rapids def. DeWitt 33-18

If these were listed 10 to 1, this dual might get the nod as the #1 Team Regional.  Two top-five teams going at with a trip on the line.  Oddly enough, the lower ranked team won the first meeting.  DeWitt has added some pieces to their lineup since then, but ER is an extremely tough matchup for them.  It wouldn't be shocking if both teams scores are in the 20's, and expect it to be decided by five points or less either way.

D2 #4 Gaylord vs D2 #8 St.Johns

6:00 pm @ Marquette
Individual District Comparison: Gaylord 13 RQ, St. Johns 9 RQ

Another critical dual between two deserving teams.  Down low, the advantage goes to Gaylord, though a potential rematch between Giallombardo-Zelenka could go down.  Through the middle, St. Johns has two major hammers in Whitaker and Whitford that Gaylord will need to avoid.  In the upper weights, the teams should split.  So you can expect an exciting, back-and-forth dual.  Last season, St. Johns won this matchup by 2.

D2 #9 Goodrich vs Holly

5:30 pm @ Goodrich
Previous Result: Goodrich def. Holly, 31-27

Just four points decided the last meeting and you'd expect something similar tonight as well.  The Martians did add James Penfold to the lineup at 160, though they won that weight last dual anyways.  Matchup-wise you have to give the edge to Goodrich, since many of the toss-ups went Holly's way the first dual and it wasn't enough.  

D2 #10 New Boston Huron vs Tecumseh

5:00 pm @ Dearborn Hts. Annapolis
Previous Result: New Boston Huron def. Tecumseh, 40-33

Seemingly every year these two meet in the postseason and recently Tecumseh has had the edge.  This year, however, has been a banner year for the Huron program. They've lost just one dual - opening weekend - and have 12 wrestlers qualified for Regionals on Saturday. Tecumseh advanced 9 to Regionals, so there will definitely be handful of matches that will decide the dual.  

D3 #4 Whitehall vs Gladstone

6:00 pm @ Iron Mountain
Individual District Comparison: Whitehall 12 RQ, Gladstone 8 RQ

This is maybe the most intriguing matchup of any tonight.  Gladstone has flown under the radar for the majority of the year, but are coming off an outstanding weekend at Districts.  They actually finished ahead of Whitehall in 8 of the 14 weights.  Still, Whitehall has the experience of being to Team State four of the past six seasons, and that does play a factor.   Don't count out Gladstone out but the Braves will have to make some adjustments to take out a team like Whitehall.

Fremont vs Comstock Park

6:00 pm @ Fremont
Individual District Comparison: Comstock Park 9 RQ, Fremont 8 RQ

A totally wide open region at Fremont will likely come down to the host Packers and Comstock Park.  While the two haven't met at all there is some familiarity from the district tournament and the teams have wrestled many of the same opponents.  And after all that, the dual is probably a coin flip.  Matchups at 103 and 189 will be critical in deciding the winner and, ultimately, which team will earn the right to take on Dundee. 

D4 #2 Clinton vs D4 #4 Manchester

6:00 pm @ Burton Bendle
Individual District Comparison: Manchester 14 RQ, Clinton 13 RQ

A staggering 27 Regional Qualifiers between the two teams, both of whom are ranked in the top four of D4.  This dual in all likelihood will determine the number two seed at Team State as the winner will almost certainly earn that seed.  Looking at the results from last weekend, Clinton finished ahead of Manchester in 8/14 weight classes, so they may have a slight advantage in that department.  There's a good chance that this one comes down to the wire, and we wouldn't expect anything less based on the outstanding years of both programs.

March 18, 2018 - Brighton High School

March 18, 2018 - Brighton High School