Week 3 High School Recap

By Steve Widzinski
MI Grappler High School Analyst

Division 1

#1 Detroit Catholic Central: The Shamrocks continued to roll this week, picking up a big dual victory over #3 Oxford by a score of 49-13.  On Saturday they hosted several of Michigan’s top teams at the annual DCC Invite.  The team performed very well on their home mats, finishing in 1st place well ahead of #2 Davison.  Leading the way for the Shamrocks were individual champs Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian, Drew Garcia and Kevin Beazley.

#2 Davison: On Saturday the Cardinals made their second trip to DCC this season, this time for an individual tournament.  The team performed very well, finishing in second place behind only #1 DCC and ahead of D4 #1 Hudson Davison was powered by first place finishes from Lincoln Olson and Charles Smith.

#3 Oxford: On Saturday the Wildcats joined #1 DCC and #2 Davison at the highly competitive DCC Invite.  Oxford wrestled well, placing fourth behind DCC, Davison and D4 #1 Hudson.  The team’s top individual performers were senior Prescott Line, and junior Rocco Borg who took home individual titles at 215lbs and 140lbs.

#4 Brighton: Over the weekend Brighton hosted the Manning Vieau Invitational, where they wrestled well to earn a team title in their home gym.  The Bulldogs finished the day with a 5-0 record, picking up wins against #8 Battle Creek Lakeview and #10 Clarkston.

#5 Hartland: The Eagles took the mats in Wyandotte this weekend, where they dominated their way to a team title at the Wyandotte Roosevelt Individual Tournament.  The team racked up 271 points, doubling the total of second place Roosevelt.  Austin Eicher, Mitchell Thomas, Justin Charneski and Matt Ostermiller all brought home individual titles.

#6 Temperance Bedford: The Mules clashed with many local rivals this weekend when they took part in the annual Monroe County Sheriff's Tournament.  In an impressive team performance, Bedford outscored D3 #2 Dundee to finish in 3rd place.  Mitch Rogaliner, Mitch Pawlak, Brandon Sunday, Bryan Smith and Logan Rimmer made big contributions by winning individual championships at their weight class.

#7 Rochester: The Falcons took their #7 ranking to the mat this weekend, with an impressive outing in Howell at the Highlander Duals.  The team compiled a 5-0 record to finish the day in first place, winning by wide margins against quality opponents such as D2 #10 Stevensville Lakeshore and Rockford.

#9 Battle Creek Lakeview: The Spartans were one of three ranked teams from D1 in action at the Manning Vieau Memorial Duals in Brighton this weekend.  The team put together 3-2 record, falling to #4 Brighton in the finals to finish in 2nd place. 

Division 2

#1 St. Johns: It has been a season of dominance for the nation’s #3 ranked team, and this weekend was no different.  The Red Wings were in action at the New Lothrop Hall of Fame Tournament, where they finished 1st, well ahead of #2 Lowell.  The team put 10 wrestlers in the finals, with 7 earning individual titles.

#2 Lowell: On Saturday the Red Arrows got their first look at #1 St. Johns when the two nationally ranked teams took part in the New Lothrop Hall of Fame Tournament.  It was a two-horse race all day, with Lowell coming in 2nd place well ahead of 3rd place D4 #3 New Lothrop.  Eight Red Arrows reached the finals, with Gabe Morse, Andrew Morse, Gabe Dean and Josh Colegrove all claiming gold medals.

#3 Tecumseh: This weekend the Indians traveled to Novi, where a beat up squad took part in the highly competitive DCC Invite.  The team was without some key starters due to illness and injury, finishing tenth in a very strong field of teams.

#5 Allegan: The Tigers looked sharp this weekend, wrestling well against some excellent competition at the DCC Invite.  The team finished 5th on the day, behind D1 #1 DCC, D1 #2 Davison, D4 #1 Hudson and D1 #3 Oxford.  Allegan’s top performer was sophomore Kyle Simaz, who dominated his way to an individual title at 130lbs.

#10 Stevensville Lakeshore: The Lancers turned in one their best performances so far this season on Saturday, putting together a 4-1 record at the Highlander Duals in Howell.  The team’s only loss of the day came against D1 #7 Rochester, while they scored victories over Rockford and Anchor Bay. 

Division 3

#1 Richmond: The two-time defending champions turned in another strong outing, turning in a dominant 5-0 performance at the L’Anse Creuse duals.  The Blue Devils have a big test awaiting as they head to DCC this weekend to wrestle some big dual meet match ups at the annual Super Duals.

#2 Dundee: The Vikings took part in the annual Monroe Sheriff's County Invite this weekend, wrestling well against their local competition.  The team fell just short of a title, finishing right behind D1 #6 Bedford and well ahead of third place title.  Brandon Atchley, Doug Rojem and Todd Olson all brought home individual titles for the Vikings.

#4 Birch Run: The Panthers were one many of many ranked teams that made up an exceptionally strong field at the New Lothrop Hall Of Fame Tournament this weekend.  The team put together a pretty solid outing, finishing 4th behind D2 #1 St. Johns, D2 #2 Lowell and D4 #3 New Lothrop.  Birch Run did finish ahead of all the other D3 teams in attendance, including #7 Whitehall, #8 Caro and #9 Bullock Creek.  They were lead by Lake Bennett who won an individual title at 130lbs.

#5 Otsego: The Bulldogs brought home another tournament championship on Saturday, earning a team title at the Allendale Falcon Invitational.  The team narrowly beat out host Allendale to finish the day atop the standings.

#6 Swan Valley: On Saturday the Vikings put together one of their best performances of the season, going 5-0 to win the Coca Cola Classic in Mt. Pleasant.  The team’s lineup was as complete as it has been all year, and it showed as they defeated #10 Lakeview 46-28 en route to a title.

#7 Whitehall: The Vikings performed well against some stiff competition this weekend as they took part in the New Lothrop Hall Of Fame Tournament.  The team placed 5th, beating out D3 rivals #8 Caro and #9 Bullock Creek.  They were lead by heavyweight Logan Morningstar who wan an individual title.

#8 Caro: The Tigers were one of four ranked teams from D3 in action at New Lothrop Saturday.  They finished 6th at the highly competitive tourney, behind #4 Birch Run and #7 Whitehall and ahead of #9 Birch Run.  The team’s highest individual finisher was runner-up Trevor Jastor.

#9 Bullock Creek: The Lancers joined many of their D3 competitors in New Lothrop at the Hall of Fame Tournament.  The team finished the day in 7th place, behind #4 Birch Run, #7 Whitehall and #8 Caro.  Johnny Finney was the team’s highest placer, finishing 2nd at 145lbs.

Division 4

#1 Hudson: The Tigers were one of several highly regarded teams in Novi this weekend at the DCC Invite.  Hudson turned in a strong performance, finishing 3rd behind D1 #1 DCC and D1 #2 Davison and ahead of D1 #3 Oxford and D2 #3 Allegan.  Leading the way were Cole Weaver and Devan Marry who each contributed individual titles.

#3 New Lothrop: Several of the state’s top teams were in the Hornet’s gym this weekend as they hosted the New Lothrop Hall of Fame Tournament.  The team wrestled well at their home tourney, finishing behind only two nationally ranked teams; D2 #1 St. Johns and D2 #2 Lowell.  While they did not earn any individual titles, Jacob Perrin, Austin Severn and Spencer Gross were all runners-up for the Hornets.

#4 Manchester: The Dutch brought home a tournament team title this weekend, dominating the field at the Dave Elliot Invitational in Clinton. The team finished well ahead of 2nd place Brownstown Woodhaven, lead by the efforts of individual champion Austin Hamilton.

#5 Shelby: The Tigers were on the mats in Grand Haven this weekend, placing 1st at the Adam Provencal Memorial Tournament.  Lead by 11 placers, the team racked up 261 points to narrowly beat out host Grand Haven for 1st place.

#6 Decatur: This weekend Decatur wrestled well at the Gobles Duals, putting together a 5-0 record for a perfect day and a team title.  The team’s closest match came against Holton, who they defeated by a 42-32 score.

#7 Springport: The Spartans performed well on their home mats Saturday, compiling a 5-0 record to win their home tournament.  Their closet competition came from #10 Sand Creek, who they defeated 42-26.

#8 Watervliet: After a strong showing at the East Grand Rapids Duals on Saturday, Watervliet jumps into the rankings at #8 this week.  The team went 5-0 to win the tourney,  posting a 41-28 victory against Fremont who was formerly ranked in D3.

#9 Addison: After competing in the ultra-competitive Goodrich TOC last week, Addison was right back at it on Saturday wrestling at the New Lothrop Hall Of Fame Tournament.  The Tigers placed 8th in a stacked field, lead by a runner-up finish from Coty Kimble at 135lbs.

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