Week 5 Recap

By Steve Widzinski
MI Grappler High School Analyst

Division 1

#1 Detroit Catholic Central: On Saturday DCC continued to run through their gauntlet of a schedule, hosting a pair of nationally ranked teams.  In their first dual of the day they lost a barn-burner, falling 27-24 against D2 #2 Lowell who is currently ranked #29 nationally.  Following the defeat the Shamrocks rebounded in grand fashion, defeating #16 Archbishop Moeller by a score of 34-19.

#2 Davison: On Saturday the Cardinals were one of several D1 powers competing at the Holt Invite, where they finished in 1st place.  Lead by individual champions Lincoln Olson, Justin Oliver, Pat Rooker and Jordan Cooks the team finished over 30 team points ahead of 2nd place D1 #4 Temperance Bedford.

#4 Temperance Bedford: The Mules started their week on a strong note Wednesday night, when they defeated D2 #3 Tecumseh in an important SEC dual.  The team continued to perform well on Saturday, earning a runner-up finish at the Holt Invite.  Bedford finished behind only #2 Davison and ahead of #7 Oxford, with Mitch Rogaliner, Brandon Sunday and Logan Rimmer all earning individual titles.

#5 Hartland: The Eagles were in action at U of M Dearborn on Saturday, where they dominated their way to a 5-0 record and 1st place finish at the dual meet tournament.  The team’s toughest competition came against Westland John Glenn, who they defeated 35-25.

#7 Oxford: The defending state champs were in Holt this weekend, where they placed third at a very competitive individual tournament.  The Wildcats finished in 3rd place, behind #2 Davison and #4 Bedford and ahead of #10 Portage Central.  Seniors Prescott Line and Jacob Peasley lead the way with individual championships at 215lbs and 152lbs.

#8 Rockford: The Rams competed at Stevensville Lakeshore on Saturday, where they were runners-up at a dual meet tournament.  In the opening dual the team fell to D4 #1 Hudson, but responded by winning the rest of their duals.  Rockford’s biggest win came when the Rams knocked off D2 #7 Stevensville Lakeshore 30-23.

#9 Southgate Anderson: The Titans were in Williamston this weekend, where they were the only ranked team from D1 competing at the Mooney classic.  The team turned in a solid outing, finishing 4th behind D4 #2 New Lothrop, D3 #4 Birch Run and New Boston Huron.  Top performers were Logan Parks and Ben Dominguez who both finished 1st in their weight class.

#10 Portage Central: After jumping into the rankings last week, the Mustangs got a good look at some of D1’s top teams this weekend.  The team competed at the Holt Invite, where they placed 4th in a very competitive field.  The only teams to place ahead of Portage Central were #2 Davison, #4 Bedford and #7 Oxford.

Division 2

#1 St. Johns: On Wednesday St. Johns showed why they are the states top team, winning 41-18 against Lowell, the #2 ranked team in both D2 and the entire state.  In preparation for their upcoming dual with St. Eds, the team elected to rest many of their starters this weekend, sending a squad made primarily of “B” wrestlers to the Mooney Classic in Williamston. 

#2 Lowell: The Red Arrows traveled to St. Johns on Wednesday night, where they suffered their first loss of the season against the nation’s #3 ranked team.  It did not take long for the team to rebound, as they east to DCC and picked up their biggest win of the season Saturday.  In an absolute barn-burner the Red Arrows knocked of DCC 27-24 to advance to #2 in the Power Rankings.

#4 Allegan: The Tigers look to be getting on a roll in the weeks leading up to the postseason, and they turned in a very solid performance in Sparta on Saturday.  Lead by a slew of individual champions, the team placed 1st ahead of Grand Haven, D2 #5 Greenville and D2 #9 Sparta.

#5 Greenville: With several starters out of the lineup, the Yellow Jackets struggled a bit in Sparta on Saturday.  The team placed 5th in a strong field, finishing behind #3 Allegan and #9 Sparta.  One bright spot for Greenville was senior Jordan Thomas, who won the tournament for the 4th consecutive year.

#6 Holly: The Bronchos stayed home this weekend, posting a perfect 5-0 record to finish 1st at the Holly Invite.  The team’s toughest match came against D3 #9 Bullock Creek, who they defeated 54-18.

#7 Stevensville Lakeshore: On Saturday the Lancers took on some very strong competition on their home mats when they hosted the Lakeshore Super Duals.  The team dropped duals against D4 #1 Hudson and D1 #8 Rockford, but picked up a big 47-14 win against D2 #10 Mason.

#9 Sparta: Over the weekend the Spartans hosted a pretty strong field of teams at their annual individual tournament.  The team finished 3rd on their home mats, placing behind #3 Allegan and Grand Haven, and ahead of #5 Greenville.

Division 3

#1 Richmond: The Blue Devils ran into their toughest competition of the season on Saturday when they took part in the DCC Double Duals.  The team took on a pair of opponents ranked in the top 30 nationally; #16 Cinncinatti Moeller and #29 Lowell.  Richmond fared better in their matchup with Lowell, falling by a score of 43-25.

#2 Dundee: The Vikings turned in a dominant performance on Saturday, finishing well ahead of the pack at the Quincy Shawn Cockrell Memorial.  Lead by individual titles from Zach Newhouse, Teddy Warren, Jay Sroufe and Jon Marogen the team finished beat out D2 #9 Addison by a wide marigin for first place.

#3 Remus Chippewa Hills: Over the weekend the Warriors pushed their record to 26-3 with a dominant showing at the Petoskey Duals.  The team finished 5-0 with little trouble, defeating Roscommon 54-13 in their closest match of the day.

#4 Birch Run: It has been a very impressive season so far for Birch Run, and Saturday was no different as the Panthers had another very strong outing.  The team put together a runner-up finish in Williamston, placing just behind D4 #2 New Lothrop.  Jerry Fenner, and Adam Bishop and Lake Bennett all brought home individual titles for the Panthers.

#6 Whitehall: The Tigers strong season continued this weekend, as D3’s 6th ranked team absolutely dominated their annual city meet.  The team had 8 wrestlers claim individual titles as they took home 1st place at the GMAA City Meet of the 7th consecutive year.

#8 Caro: On Saturday the Tigers ran their record to 17-2 with a strong outing at the Mayville Duals.  The team put together a 5-0 record, winning all of their handily.

Division 4

#1 Hudson: The Tigers were in action at the Lakeshore Super Duals this Saturday, where they posted 4-0 record that included decisive wins over three ranked teams.  The defending state champs won handily in matchups with D1 #8 Rockford, D2 #7 Stevensville Lakeshore and D2 #10 Mason.

#2 New Lothrop: On Saturday the Hornets took part in the Mooney Classic, where they claimed 1st place in a very competitive field.  Lead by 6 finalists, the team edged D3 #4 Birch Run to finish the day in 1st.  Josh Wendling, Clayton Simmons and Wade Erhardt all turned in 1st place finishes for the Hornets.

#3 Hesperia: This weekend the Panthers competed in Ithaca, where they cruised to 1st place.  The team racked up 224 team points to finish comfortably ahead of #6 Decatur and #7 Watervliet.

#5 Manchester:

#6 Decatur: The Bulldogs traveled to Ithaca on Saturday, where the team placed 2nd at an indiviudual tourney consisting of a strong group of D4 team.  Lead by individual titles in the lowerweights from brothers Hunter and Luke Bell, the team finished behind #3 Hesperia and ahead of #7 Watervliet.

#7 Watervliet: On Saturday the Panthers were one of three ranked teams from D4 competing in Ithaca.  The team placed third, finishing behind #3 Hesperia and #6 Decatur.  They picked up a trio of individual titles, with Brock Thumm, Travis Martin and Brad Thomas all placing first in their weight class.

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