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On Paper: D3 Quarterfinals

By MI Grappler, 02/21/19, 10:00AM EST

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(1) Richmond vs (8) Shepherd

Richmond Weight Shepherd
#7 Hunter Keller (22-4) 103 Kam Hill (10-16)
#7 Daniel McNichol (27-8)/#8 JD Gross (24-10) 112 HM Kye Andrews (37-8)
119 HM Lance Clark (26-6)
#5 Austin Kilburn (22-6)/Josh Barton 125 Caleb Cline (37-10)
#9 Hunter Seguin (23-14) 130 Tanner Gaw (24-16)
Kevin McKiernan (22-18) 135 Bobby Spedoske (13-18)
#2 Hayden Bastian (26-5)/Ryan Griffith (24-16) 140 Hunter Dysigner (30-15)
HM Ethan Wyatt (16-11) 145 #1 Trevor Robinson (40-2)/Max Kyser (32-18)
152
Gavin Resk (25-17) 160 Jaden Carli (21-11)/Logan Buckner (22-8)
#4 Wesley Peters (30-11) 171
Noah Montanari (26-7) 189 Spencer Hansen (1-1)
#2 Luke Davis (37-5) 215 Bryan Brown (20-20)
#9 Dan McKiernan (29-14) 285 HM Kevin Smith (36-8)

Shepherd makes its first appearance in 17 years and is rewarded with top-seeded Richmond first round.  The Blue Jays have a solid squad and will be good in years to come as well.  Richmond should be in good shape to advance in the tournament.

One potential matchup of interest is Bastian vs Robinson in the middle weights.  Bastian is ranked 2nd at 140 and Robinson is 1st at 145, so depending on if Bastian weighs in at 140 or not we could see that one.  We'll also get state qualifier matchups at 112 and 285.  

MIG Pick: Richmond by 38

(4) Chippewa Hills vs (5) Montrose

Chip Hills Weight Montrose
Robert VanVleet (19-20) 103 Thor Robbins (18-25)
HM Daylin Wittig (30-6)/HM Taylor Gibson (35-11) 112 Aiden Bernard (37-10)/Seth Coffin (26-15)
HM Gavin Miller (22-15) 119 #2 Jake Elasivich (42-7)
#10 Carson Hayes (35-9) 125 Ty Emmendorfer (26-18)
Keigan Storey (12-6) 130 Sean Kittle (36-14)/Blake VanCura (7-13)
#7 Bray Haynes (36-9) 135
#4 Mason Hayes (40-0)/Justin Bonner (28-17) 140 John Fritz (14-15)
145 HM Bobby Skinner (26-11)
152 Trevor Briggs (39-5)
#8 Trenten Wiggins (31-7) 160 Cody Smith (8-17)
HM Gabriel Petoskey (36-11) 171 #7 Jack Kalakay (34-7)
#4 Chayton Wiggins (45-1) 189 Ryan McNeill (14-16)
HM Carl Whipple (27-7) 215 Levi Harber (39-12)
#6 Colby Roosa (35-1) 285 #3 Griffin Barnette (45-4)

Very interesting matchup here with Montrose, who won their first regional title since 2005, and Chippewa Hills, who advanced for the 8th straight year.  

Much of the interest revolves around who will be available for Montrose.  Briggs and Bernard did not enter in districts after very strong seasons; if they're competing it puts the Rams in contention for an upset. 

Chip Hills is strong all the way through their lineup, though, with 11 state qualifiers from the northern region.  They have really good stretches from 125-145 and 160-285 that allow for some flexibility to make moves and prevent other teams from moving around.

MIG Pick: Chippewa Hills by 9

(3) Whitehall vs (6) Alma

Whitehall Weight Alma
#6 Aiden Weiler (33-9) 103 Nolan Rodriguez (20-4)/Jordan Pannill (12-12)
Sam Baustert (33-6) 112 Dominic Anguiano (25-8)
Riley Buys (21-13) 119 #4 Dametrius Castillo (32-4)/Harrison Seeley (24-11)
#7 Max Brown (38-4)/Nick Blanchard (24-15) 125 HM Solomon Rosales (25-11)
130 HM Josiah Baltierra (27-18)
HM Jacob Haynes (14-12) 135 #5 Jarrett Ferman (32-3)/Adam Garcia (23-18)
HM Marco Moore (21-18) 140
HM Kyler Honore (30-12)/Chris Dowdell (30-12) 145 Jacob Munger (24-19)
#5 Ira Jenkins (34-6) 152 #6 Justin VanBlaricum (28-9)
#3 Trenton Blanchard (34-6) 160 Carlos Espinosa (23-18)/Jake Cena (15-10)
171 Coleton Garrett (9-9)
#2 Kayleb Venema (40-2) 189 Norm Davis (21-15)
#5 Allen Powers (37-4)/HM Jarrean Sergeant (34-10) 215 Gavin Fish (12-9)
285 Mason Everitt (17-17)

Coming out of the same individual region, Whitehall and Alma got a peak at each other on Saturday.  Whitehall went 3-1 in head-to-head matches.  This dual should be a tale of two halves, however, where it will be competitive down low but Whitehall's hammers will put it away up top.

Rodriguez at 103 would be a big boost for Alma, though he may not be in the lineup.  A potentially great matchup could happen at 125 with Castillo-Brown, which makes sense from the Panthers' standpoint.  Alma could think about weighing in Ferman at 40 to bump as well, which would stretch their lineup as far as it can go probably.  

Once Whitehall gets to Jenkins-Blachard-Venema-Powers, it's a stretch of all top-five ranked guys that Alma just can't match up with.  So even if Alma can take a few down low and through the middle, Whitehall should have enough balance and firepower to get to back to the semis.

MIG Pick: Whitehall by 24

(2) Dundee vs (7) Dowagiac

Dundee Weight Dowagiac
#1 Casey Swiderski (39-2)/Kyle Smith (28-8) 103 Jordan Simpson (35-14)
#4 Austin Fietz (32-9) 112 Tyler Hutson (29-14)
119 #7 Dylan Elmore (45-5)
Austin Jaworski (28-14) 125 Korey Kinyon (12-20)
Nic Bellaire (24-10) 130 Alex McIntosh (31-9)
#1 Jonathon White (32-9)/#2 Tyler Swiderski (22-10) 135 Seth Ward (8-25)
#1 Christian Killion (38-5)/Caleb Fairchild (20-9) 140 Deny White (15-14)
#3 Grant Ott (32-11) 145 John Hassle (1-7)
#1 Stoney Buell (38-8) 152 Nick Turnbow (8-7)
Ethan Abbott (7-9) 160 Lamberto Paredes (32-12)
#2 Jaxon Guinn (16-6) 171 Bryan Paredes (21-17)
Dennis Root (14-12) 189 Mike Schulp (23-18)
Kaiden Hubbell (22-23) 215 Luke Staten (7-5)/Dylan Andersen (12-12)
285 #8 Wyatt Bailey (33-11)

Like the previous matchup, these two schools saw each other last weekend at regionals.  However, there was only one match wrestled between the two teams.  Dowagiac makes its second straight appearance, compared to Dundee's 17th straight.

Dundee brings eight ranked wrestlers, all inside the top-four, and a lineup that is a very interesting one.  They could weigh in a ton of different ways, so its hard to really give any analysis into individual matchups.  

The outcome of the dual isn't in question really, but Dowagiac can take some matches, with best bests in the upper weights and at 119 with Elmore.  

MIG Pick: Dundee by 38