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On Paper: D1 Quarterfinals

By MI Grappler, 02/20/19, 9:45AM EST

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Schedule of Events
12:45 pm - Weigh-In
1:45 pm - Coaches Meeting
2:15 pm - Wrestling Begins

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(1) Detroit CC vs (8) Clarkston

Detroit CC Weight Clarkston
#3 Anthony Walker (26-9) 103 Dru Martin (17-16)
HM Caleb White (19-7) 112 Gabe Gipe (17-18)/Kyle Spengler (11-9)
Matt Anderson (21-18) 119
Phillip Burney (25-13)/Kamron Davenport (30-10) 125 #10 Cole Wiegers (40-8)
#5 Camden Trupp (35-6) 130 #8 Mac Hanselman (36-11)
#1 Josh Edmond (33-2) 135 #6 Conor Donahue (38-6)/#9 Grady Castle (35-9)
#1 Derek Gilcher (28-2)/#5 Marc Shaeffer (18-4) 140 #7 Ethan Polick (35-10)
#1 Kevon Davenport (31-1)/#3 Logan Sanom (33-3) 145 #8 Jake Billette (37-7)
#1 Cameron Amine (33-0)/#7 Joe Urso (36-7) 152
Manny Rojas (24-7) 160 #2 Devin Trevino (42-4)
171 Angelo Marino (12-9)
#2 Easton Turner (34-3) 189 Frank Davis (20-16)
#1 Brendin Yatooma (35-3) 215 Jacob Jones (37-9)/Drew Stark (15-22)
#1 Steven Kolcheff (32-3) 285

Twice-defending state champs DCC look to make it three straight and their journey begins with Clarkston.  This is a rematch of a dual won handily by the Shamrocks the first time and expect more or less the same. 

Clarkston put seven wrestlers into the state tournament, all from 125-160, so the more competitive bouts should take place between those weights.  Unfortunately for them, CC has four state champions within those seven weights.

The Shamrocks will likely separate the guys bunched up in the middle and fill out the lineup through 171.  Where exactly everyone will be is unknown, but they'll be weighing in for Saturday's final with Brighton and Davison in mind.

MIG Pick: DCC by 43

(4) Westland John Glenn vs (5) Hartland

John Glenn Weight Hartland
#5 Josh Mars (40-13) 103 HM Patrick Wlodyga (43-9)
HM Ty Cowen (45-12) 112 Nick Huntsman (33-16)
Ethan Collins (15-9) 119 #4 Wyatt Nault (27-4)/HM Ethan Kinch (31-10)
#4 Caleb Meekins (49-4) 125 Keegan Merenuk (28-10)
Charles Kersten (30-20) 130 #1 Kyle Kantola (45-0)
#5 Kyle Borthwell (44-4) 135 #2 Corey Cavanaugh (38-4)/#10 Bryce Cheney (39-10)
Shawn Brown (40-12)/Anthony Hudson (12-13) 140
#6 Brenten Polk (49-5) 145 HM Devon Pietila (32-20)
152 HM Avery Dickerson (41-7)
HM Graden Bowen (37-16) 160 #3 Tanner Culver (37-5)/#4 Reece Potter (21-2)
Justin Morrison (14-10) 171
Sadq Sheikhmeeri (16-13) 189 Paul Corder (38-14)
Hayden Rhoades (22-17) 215 HM Jon Hartman (31-20)
Antoine Hines (25-23) 285 Cameron Shirley (21-18)

Another rematch from the KLAA crossover duals in which the Rockets took a narrow victory.  This will be the most competitive dual in D1 on Friday, and one of the better duals in any division's quarterfinals.

When they last met, Hartland wrestled up for the most part.  So anticipate a couple weights switched down low.  The main stretches to decide this dual will be 135-152 and 189-285.  Cavanaugh and Borthwell will probably separate but if would be a great matchup in the middle; Cavanaugh won their only meeting this season.

John Glenn is looking to pick up its first ever Team State win - the four losses have been by a combined 22 points.  Hartland on the other hand has advanced to the semis 13 of the last 15 seasons.  

MIG Pick: Hartland by 9

(3) Davison vs (6) Rockford

Davison Weight Rockford
#4 Aden Williams (21-4) 103 Bryson Aulbach (26-17)
#9 Owen Payne (25-10) 112 Michael Rozzano (6-14)
#1 Andrew Chambal (34-3)/#6 Steven Garty (31-6) 119 Ashton Halland (29-19)
#5 Jaron Wilson (8-1) 125 Jacob Simkins (22-20)
Raymond Cole (25-11) 130 #3 Trenton Wachter (47-1)
135 HM Evan Kaser (38-11)
#8 James Johnston (20-5) 140 #3 Connor White (41-5)
HM Landon Kish (20-16) 145 #5 Jack Richardson (40-4)
#3 Brian Case (18-7) 152 Moses Bosscher (15-10)
#1 Alex Facundo (33-2) 160 #6 Noah Anderson (12-1)
#6 Jay Nivison (23-9) 171 #10 Cole Gleason (33-9)
#1 Cal Stefanko (28-2)/#8 Trevor McGowan (20-8) 189 #5 Tyler Waterstrat (35-5)/Jacob Slabaugh (21-9)
#8 Jimmy Colley (11-3) 215 Taylor Green (29-17)
285

The only quarterfinal that does not feature a rematch, Davison vs Rockford should have a handful of really good matches, mainly through the middle-to-upper weights.  

Davison will have a stronghold from 103-125 and should bonus through all four.  Rockford has the ability to take a few from 130-215 but will have to get some favorable matchups to do so.  Wilson-Wachter, Johnston-White, and Stefanko-Waterstrat are all really good potential matches.  Assuming Davison weighs Nivison in at 60 with Facundo, Anderson-Nivison would be a good one as well.

However it shakes out, the Cards are in a good position to advance to the semis and set up a massive dual with Brighton.  

MIG Pick: Davison by 28

(2) Brighton vs (7) Macomb Dakota

Brighton Weight Dakota
#9 Aiden Smith (33-15)/Quaylon Newton (32-10) 103 Donte Lane (18-21)
112 #1 Brendan Ferretti (49-0)
#3 Sam Freeman (43-4)/#8 Mason Shrader (29-5) 119 #2 Nick Alayan (45-3)
#1 Eddie Homrock (49-2)/Ben Manly (15-5) 125 #3 Justin Tiburcio (37-3)/HM Bradley Weiand (34-15)
130 #10 Andrew Barrett (37-12)/Nate Smith (17-12)
#4 Zach Johnson (39-6)/Aiden Brown 135
#4 Rhett Newton (14-2) 140 HM Brandon Alkazir (38-14)/Joey Papas (24-16)
145 HM David McFadden (25-21)
#6 Victor Grabowski (40-10)/#8 Harley Berne (28-8) 152
#8 Dane Donabedian (44-9) 160 HM Eli Andary (42-12)
#1 River Shettler (46-2) 171 #2 Dustin Solomon (49-3)
#3 Greyson Stevens (46-4) 189
#5 Luke Stanton (25-1) 215 JD Stokes (22-23)
#10 Colby Ford (40-14) 285 Carson Roodbeen (25-22)

A rematch of not only earlier this year but of last year's semifinals, both won by the Bulldogs, this dual brings eight top-four ranked wrestlers between the two teams.  Bonus points should power Brighton to a win but Dakota can get creative to get some matchups.

Down low they'll probably have to keep Tiburcio on Homrock in hopes that he pulls the upset and then get Barrett away from Johnson.  Similarly they'll need Alkazir away from Newton in the middle, and it makes sense to throw Solomon up to 189, though the first meeting with Shettler was a 1-0 decision.  

That would be a good number of wins for the Cougars but, as previously stated, Brighton just has a little too much.  Expect the gap to be closed from the first meeting but look for the Dogs to get to their fifth semi this decade.

MIG Pick: Brighton by 25