Nationally ranked Chris Donathan and Mason, Ohio are among the out-of-state squads coming to Lansing for the GGI
A new in-season High School wrestling tournament is coming to Lansing next season as MI Grappler will host the GRAPPLER GOLD INVITATIONAL on Saturday, December 15th.
The GGI is an individual tournament aimed at getting Michigan's best together with top out-of-state teams for a day of wrestling with a post-season feel.
The GGI will use national federation weight classes and will be held alongside the NUWAY Christmas Sparty Weekend in the Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing.
The entry list for 2018 is almost complete and some of Michigan's most storied programs are on the guest list. 6x D1 State champions Davison and 10x D3 State champions Dundee headline the top Michigan teams entered.
Top programs from Indiana and Ohio will give some out-of-state competition to the field. Nationally ranked Brownsburg and perennial top 10 power Evansville Mater Dei will travel up from Indiana while returning top 10 in Ohio's Division 1 Mason along with Whitmer are locked in from the Buckeye State.
There will be no shortage of heavy hitters in this event with over 70 returning state qualifiers expected to be represented from the 13 teams currently entered.
Among the big name individuals to look for at the GGI include nationally ranked James Whitaker (#6 138) of St Johns, Matt Lee (#20 145) of Mater Dei-IN, Chris Donathan (#6 152) of Mason-OH, and Alex Facundo (#4 160).
The tournament will be live-streamed on TrackCast with featured coverage on the Michigan Grappler and Grappler Gold websites.
Below is the current list of teams coming to the Grappler Gold Invitational. The tournament has room to possibly add 4-5 more teams so any Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin schools interested in getting on the action - contact Tony Greathouse via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see the GGI information page.
|Brighton||MI||D1 State Runner Up|
|Brownsburg||IN||#25 in nation, State Duals Champ|
|Clarkston||MI||D1 District Champs|
|Davison||MI||D1 State Semifinals|
|Dewitt||MI||D2 District Champs|
|Dundee||MI||#48 in nation, D3 State Champs|
|Eaton Rapids||MI||D2 State Semifinals|
|Mason||OH||D1 State Quarterfinals|
|Mater Dei||IN||4th 3A State Duals|
|St. Johns||MI||D2 District Champs|
|Warren Woods Tower||MI||D2 State Semifinals|