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On Paper: D4 Quarterfinals

By MI Grappler, 02/19/19, 10:00AM EST

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10:30 am - Weigh-In
11:30 am - Coaches Meeting
12:00 pm - Wrestling Begins

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(1) Clinton vs (8) Schoolcraft

Clinton Weight Schoolcraft
Deegan Herman (17-22) 103 Lane DeLoof (27-15)
#10 Brandon Beach (27-12) 112 #3 Caden Sukich (44-7)
#2 AJ Baxter (42-6) 119 HM Hunter Martens (42-11)
#1 Noah Comar (45-1)/#9 Christian Minard (31-13) 125 Gary Cramer (38-13)/Riley Cochran (8-11)
#7 George Ames (32-9) 130 Caleb Niewadomski (27-11)
#3 Spencer Konz (38-8) 135 Brady Gillespie (32-18)
#6 Kent McCombs (28-8) 140
#7 Riley Jeffrey (36-8) 145 Jett Gott (1-0)/Sam Bell (4-19)
#6 Jeffrey Konz (33-11) 152 #10 Mark Fox (41-9)
#1 Brayden Randolph (39-1)/Garrett Phillips (30-15) 160 Brandon Newland (17-12)
#8 Cecil Rafferty (34-12) 171 Silver Fox (11-25)
#4(215) Logan Badge (29-2) 189 Josh Stokes (9-16)
Ryan Phillips (16-13) 215 Garren Phillips (15-11)
HM Will Felts (25-13) 285 #1 River Fox (49-2)

Schoolcraft made history last week by winning their first-ever Team Regional title and, in turn, punching their ticket to the Final 8.  They will run into top seeded Clinton, who advanced 13 wrestlers to the individual state tournament. 

While Clinton should be able to run away with the dual, Schoolcraft does have a handful of state qualifiers themselves.  They're favored at three weight on paper (103, 112, 285) and should be in several other contested bouts as well.  Clinton's depth along with their top-to-bottom strength make them the heavy favorite and should advance to the semis for a second straight year.

MIG Pick: Clinton by 40

(4) New Lothrop vs (5) Manchester

New Lothrop Weight Manchester
103 #4 Jared Bunn (39-10)/#5 Jacob Bunn (27-7)
#4 Andrew Krupp (25-18) 112
#6 Alex Wolford (28-9) 119 #9 Drew Gebhardt (41-9)
Jackson Knieper (27-20) 125 Phoenix Waters (15-20)
Logan Wolford (26-16) 130 #1 Jacob Shelby (44-5)/Adam Pringle (24-6)
#7 Logan Zell (32-12) 135 HM Grant Tungate (34-12)
#8 Micah Poletti (31-16) 140 HM Josh Bunn (20-8)
#1 Austin Wolford (32-3)/Will Taylor (18-14) 145 #8 Jacob Kurgin (41-8)
Zack Riley (25-11)/Austin Barnette (11-14) 152 HM Max Wagner (36-16)
Julius Garza (25-11) 160 #10 Nick Phillips (36-16)
#2 Justin Carnahan (32-5) 171 #10 Colin McCaffrey (46-7)
#8 Camden Orr (38-8) 189 #7 Derek Guenther (34-13)
#8 Isiah Pasik (36-8)/Allan Jamick (6-2) 215 Travis Withrow (32-13)
285 #10 Simon Lato (42-11)

Here's why numbers aren't everything:  Manchester brings 12 state qualifiers to New Lothrop's 8.  But matchup-wise, the Hornets are favored in at least nine weights.  

Manchester has been pretty locked in to the weight classes they're listed at all year, so don't expect much of a change from them.  New Lothrop has a lot of flexibility and always make some interesting moves come tourney time.  They also have 2018 SQ Allan Jamick back at 215/285 which is a massive boost.  

If Manchester is going to have a shot, they'll have to take both swing matches at 119 and 189, as well as control the middle weights (135-160).  For New Lothrop, if they take those middle weights they could start to run away with it and start their run to a sixth straight finals appearance.

MIG Pick: New Lothrop by 24

(3) Hudson vs (6) Pine River

Hudson Weight Pine River
#2 Bronson Marry (30-8)/HM Payton Rogers (26-8) 103 Kei Deguchi (21-20)
Dallas Pibbles (18-17) 112 HM Matthew Treiber (29-17)
#3 Caden Natale (23-4)/Tyler Bolenbaugh (14-13) 119 Seth Duncan (25-21)/Molly Holmes (12-22)
#8 CJ Berro (24-18) 125
130 #10 Jordan Koetje (35-9)
#1 Jordan Hamdan (41-0)/Tucker Sholl (10-2) 135 Jalen Whipple (13-11)
#9(145) Dylan Smith (33-8) 140 Philip Rigling (24-20)
Kameron Betzer (15-24) 145 HM Thomas Hooker (30-17)/Austin Cilwa (7-14)
#2 Jorge Sereno (32-11)/Carson Price (3-1) 152
#9(171) John Betz (24-10) 160 HM Austin Wuesten (33-10)
171 #1 Brock Nelson (44-2)/Malachi Holmes (11-1)
#5 Kyle Moll (32-10)/Cameron Underwood (13-18) 189 #2(215) Tim Rizor (42-2)/Creed Watson (25-14)
215 Elijah Carper (18-18)
Isiah Krizek (16-4) 285 #4 Bryan McCurry (43-5)

Rematch of last year's semifinal won by Hudson, and it's likely we'll see the same result on Friday.  Hudson added some extremely valuable pieces to their lineup for the postseason run, as Tucker Sholl, Carson Price, and Isiah Krizek have all been in the lineup in the past couple weeks.  We probably won't see them in the quarters because it makes sense to save those guys for the semis and finals Saturday.

Like New Lothrop, Hudson always makes a couple drastic weight changes so it will be interesting to see where their guys slide in.  Pine River will probably wrestle straight up but it makes sense to get Rizor back to 189 where he spent the majority of the year.  

Pine River has the advantage in the upper weights but the sheer volume of quality guys below 171 for the Tigers will be too much to overcome.  Hudson is the pick to win, which would mark ten consecutive Team State dual wins.

MIG Pick: Hudson by 34

(2) Carson City-Crystal vs (7) Onaway

Carson City Weight Onaway
Jared Shepler (34-15) 103 Nick Gardner (8-27)
#2 Nolan Datema (42-1) 112 Aidan Fry (22-16)
Cole Stone (10-6) 119 Brittney Wolgast (18-13)
#3 Jaron Johnson (40-5) 125 HM Joey Gavlez (34-11)
#2 Jamison Ward (44-1) 130 HM Teddy Peters (37-10)/Dylan Crow (12-28)
#6 Daryn Shepler (36-7)/Bryce Stanley (22-11) 135 #5 Matthew Grant (30-5)
#10 Aiden Adkins (32-14) 140 HM Brendan Fenstermaker (37-13)
145 Coty Ionetz (39-12)
#7 Caleb Collins (45-3) 152 HM Seth Enos (32-14)/Sam Tennant (22-16)
#2 Braxton Seida (39-2) 160 Max Boettger (2-10)
HM Nash Akin (33-13)/Brandon Murray (14-11) 171 Gavin Fenstermaker (31-16)
#3 Daniel Smith (43-2) 189 Colby Pauly (19-22)
#6 Brian Yeakey (40-4) 215
Ryan Holland (8-3) 285 Declan Clayton (16-8)

The second Team State trip in as many years for Onaway sees them slide up one seeding position to 7 and will put them opposite a very good Carson City squad.  CC-C put then through to the state tourney out of a very tough regional.  

Onaway's best shot to put up points will be in the middle, from 135-152, where they have a half-dozen state qualifiers.  Down low and up top, however, it'll be all Carson City.  And for that reason, the Eagles should get through with ease, and would snap an 18-year semifinal drought.  

MIG Pick: Carson City by 47