Lowell is two wins away from making history as the first team to win six straight state titles in any division. They will first face off with Gaylord in a rematch of last year's state title match.
The best stretch for matches in this dual will be from 112-130. LaJoie-Strejc and Sosa-Jankowski are big matches between state placers. Gaylord will also try to win the flip and get McKnight off of Boone at 160 and likely bump from there.
Lowell can help their cause by picking up big bonus points in matches they are heavily favored. The Arrows have a ton of depth and flexibility and should be able to survive what will be a tough, physical test from one-loss Gaylord.
MIG Pick: Lowell by 18
|#7 Ramsy Mutschler||103||HM Gabe Thompson|
|#6 Nick Korhorn||112||Bennett Sides|
|Cole Huisman/Bryce McCune||119||#9 Will Sides|
|#5 Zeth Strejc||125||#1 Chayse LaJoie|
|#2 Dawson Jankowski||130||#6 John Sosa|
|#8 Jeff Leach||135||Kaeden Yocum|
|#1 Avry Mutschler||140||Caleb Preston|
|#6 James Fotis/#8 Doak Dean||145||Cody Starks|
|#1(152) Austin Boone||160||#2 Jacob McKnight|
|#10(160) Jacob Lee/#10 Derek Mohr||171||HM Quinn Schulz|
|Jacob Hough||189||#8 Cade Foster|
|215||#10 AJ Krumholz/Austin Kettlewell|
|#6 Tyler Delooff||285|
Rematch of a December dual won by the Martians, 34-30. DeWitt's lineup has remained in tact for the most part since then, while Goodrich has dropped a few guys.
Choice will be critical in this dual as well, as DeWitt may have to go head-to-head with some of Goodrich's hammers and take one or two of them. If it turns into a bonus point race, the advantage will go to Goodrich. DeWitt needs to win the flip and make Goodrich send at 125 and 189.
Critical matches are at 135 (Turnbow won 3-2 last time), 171, and 160 if DeWitt bumps Hall up to Vines. Expect Goodrich to keep Edwards down at 140, which will then make sense for DeWitt to bump from York to Hall.
DeWitt is seeking its first state finals berth as this is their first semifinals appearance; Goodrich is hoping to return since they won back-to-back titles in 2008/2009. We'll go with the Martians, but DeWitt is 3-0 in duals we've picked against them this year, so maybe that's the boost they need.
MIG Pick: Goodrich by 3
|Ryan Angelo||103||Cael Weinzweig|
|Zion Cheff||112||Kiefer Kolito|
|#8 Cameron Macklem||119||Ryan Dixon|
|#3 Caleb Teague/HM Carson Richards||125||#10 Matt Foddrill|
|Carson Turnbow||135||Ronnie Slater|
|#8 Dominic Edwards/Colin Austin||140||Luke York|
|145||#7 Tyler Brandt/Andrew Ainslie|
|Sam Fisher||152||#3 Quenten Hall|
|#5 Juwan Vines||160|
|#2 James Penfold||171||#8 Jacob Brandt|
|#2(215) Honour Kline/Kevin Patterson||189||#5 Chandler Murton|
|215||Doug Trutzl/Zachary Hasse|
Another rematch of last year's semifinal won by this year's top seed, Richmond. The Blue Devils appear to be in a pretty good spot to make a return appearance, though Chip Hills is always a tough out and a team filled with gritty, tough kids.
The marquee match could come at 140 or 145 with Bastian vs Hayes. Bastian was 4th in the state last year, while Hayes is still undefeated on the year; Bastian defeated Hayes in last year's team semi.
112 and 119 are also big swing matches between four state qualifiers, as is 125. Richmond has some flexibility up top and it makes sense, if needed, to keep McKiernan at 215 and bump Davis to heavy. 135-189 is the stretch the Warriors need to control if they're going to stay in the dual and hope for the upset.
MIG Pick: Richmond by 15
|#7 Hunter Keller||103||Robert VanVleet|
|#7 Daniel McNichol/#8 JD Gross||112||HM Daylin Wittig/HM Taylor Gibson|
|#5 Austin Kilburn/Josh Barton||125||#10 Carson Hayes/Keigan Storey|
|#9 Hunter Seguin||130|
|Kevin McKiernan||135||#7 Bray Haynes|
|#2 Hayden Bastian/HM(145) Ethan Wyatt||140||#4 Mason Hayes/Justin Bonner|
|Regan Rewalt||152||#9(160) Trenten Wiggins|
|#4(171) Wesley Peters/Eric Barr||160||Trevor Swix|
|171||HM Gabriel Petoskey|
|Noah Montanari||189||#4 Chayton Wiggins|
|#2 Luke Davis/#9 Dan McKiernan||215||HM Carl Whipple|
|285||#6 Colby Roosa|
Tremendous matchup, again a rematch of last year's semi, between 2nd-seeded Dundee and 3rd-seeded Whitehall. Matchups will be critical in this one, as Dundee has to get creative with their bumps.
From 103-119, look for Whitehall to take one of the three matches, depending on choice and who Dundee throws. Having Swiderski at 130 forces Whitehall to keep Brown at 25 and triggers a run of what needs to be big bonus points for the defending champs from 130-145.
Once 152 hits, both teams have a decision to make - do you stay down or bump? Whitehall is rock solid from 152-285 but they will have to take five of those six to stay in contention. That means Dundee needs to win two - Buell is one, and they'll look to get Guinn in a favorable matchup. Last year he beat Venema 3-0 in the Team Semi, so that may be the move and, since Whitehall needs to win that one, expect them to stay down.
The Dundee program looks to advance to the finals for the 12th time in 13 years, Whitehall seeks its first. Have to go with the tradition of the Vikings in blue on this one, but expect a tremendous match.
MIG Pick: Dundee by 8
|#1 Casey Swiderski/HM Kyle Smith||103||#6 Aiden Weiler|
|#4 Austin Fietz||112||Sam Baustert|
|Austin Jaworski||125||#7 Max Brown/Nick Blanchard|
|#2(135) Tyler Swiderski/Nic Bellaire||130|
|#1 Jonathon White||135||HM Jacob Haynes|
|#1 Christian Killion/Caleb Fairchild||140||HM Marco Moore|
|#3 Grant Ott||145||HM Kyler Honore/Chris Dowdell|
|#1 Stoney Buell||152||#5 Ira Jenkins|
|Cal McAvoy||160||#3 Trenton Blanchard|
|#2 Jaxon Guinn||171||#2(189) Kayleb Venema|
|Kaiden Hubbell||189||#5(215) Allen Powers|
|Dennis Root||215||HM Jarrean Sargeant|