Week 6 Recap

By Steve Widzinski
MI Grappler High School Analyst

Division 1

#1 DCC: The Shamrocks gauntlet of a schedule continued on Saturday when they crossed state lines to take on St. Eds of Lakewood Ohio.  DCC fell victim to the nation’s #2 team, losing by a score of 41-12.  In their second dual of the day they bounced back to beat St. Vincent St. Mary’s 59-13.

#2 Davison: On Friday night the Cardinals hosted D2 #2 Lowell for a big time dual meet, falling 39-30 against the nationally ranked Red Arrows.  The team bounced back on Saturday, picking up wins over D1 #4 Temperance Bedford, D2 #5 Greenville and D3 #2 Dundee to win the Witt Challenge.

#3 Brighton: Wednesday night Brighton picked up one of their biggest victories in program history, beating #5 Hartland 29-23 in a tightly contested dual to win the KLAA West Division.

#4 Bedford: The Mules stayed close to home this weekend, competing in Dundee at the Witt Challenge.  The posted a 2-1 record, falling to #2 Davison in the opening round and responding with wins against D2 #5 Greenville and D3 #2 Dundee.

#5 Hartland: The Eagles faced off with Brighton on Wednesday night, falling 29-23 in an extremely close division matchup.  They bounced back with a strong performance on Saturday, finishing ahead of D3 #7 Otsego to win the Corey Fuller Memorial Tournament at Portage Central.

#6 Rochester: The Falcons joined forces with their county rivals on Saturday at the annual Oakland vs. Macomb Duals.  Rochester finished with a 4-1 record, with their only loss coming to D3 #1 Richmond.

#7 Oxford: At Saturday’s Oakland vs. Macomb Duals, the Wildcats were one of four Oakland county teams to post a 4-1 record.  The team’s only loss came to D3 #1 Richmond by a score of 42-27. 

#9 Anchor Bay: At this weekend’s Oakland vs. Macomb Duals the Tars posted a 2-3 record against a brutal gauntlet of Oakland County opponents.  Anchor Bay dropped duals to D1 #6 Rochester, D1 #7 Oxford and D2 #6 Holly while recording a win over D1 #10 Clarkston.

#10 Clarkston: The Wolves were yet another tough Oakland County team who posted a 4-1 record at the Oakland vs. Macomb Duals.  After dropping a dual to Anchor Bay earlier in the day, the team ended on a very high note by knocking off D3 #1 Richmond 39-38.  While Richmond was a bit shorthanded and voided 3 weights, they had beaten #6 Rochester and #7 Oxford earlier in the day.

Division 2

#1 St. Johns: This weekend the Red Wings clashed with #2 ranked St. Eds in a battle of two of the nation’s top teams.  While very competitive, the Red Wings came up slightly short in a number of close matches and lost by a final of score of 39-15.

#2 Lowell: Friday night the Red Arrows traveled to Davison where they went head to head against D1’s #2 ranked team.  Lowell prevailed in a close contest, defeating the Cardinals by a score of 39-30.

#3 Tecumseh: The Indians had 11 wrestlers compete on Friday night at the Lenawee County All-Star meet.  Of their 11 competitors, Chase Lewis and Ronnie Bechtol won individual titles while Cole Amstutz and Joe Rebbotaro earned runner-up honors.

#4 Allegan: One of the weekend’s best performances came from Allegan, who posted a 5-0 record to win the highly competitive West Michigan Duals.  Along the way to their title the Tigers recorded victories over D4 #2 New Lothrop, D3 #3 Birch Run and D3 #5 Whitehall.

#5 Greenville: Luck was not on the Yellow Jackets side Saturday, as the team was very shorthanded at the highly competitive Witt Challenge in Dundee.  With a large number of starters out of the lineup, Greenville lost by wide margins to D1 #2 Davison, D1 #4 Bedford and D3 #2 Dundee.

#6 Holly: The Bronchos were one of six ranked teams in action at the Oakland vs Macomb Duals on Saturday.  Holly posted a 4-1 record against their competition from Macomb County, notching a win over over D1 #9 Anchor Bay and falling to D3 #1 Richmond.

#7 Stevensville Lakeshore: The Lancers were in action at the Berrien County tournament on Saturday, where they finished in second place behind Niles.  The team’s top performers were Gunner Harrison, JP McDougall and Kyle Carlson who all brought home individual titles.

#8 Byron Center: It was a dominant showing for the Bulldogs on Saturday, who put together a 4-0 record to take home 1st place at the Wayland Duals.

Division 3

#1 Richmond: The Blue Devils were a bit shorthanded this weekend when they took part in the annual Oakland vs Macomb Duals.  Despite missing some key wrestlers, the team started strong by picking up wins over D1 #6 Rochester, D1 #7 Oxford and D2 #6 Holly.  The team ran out of steam in their final dual of the day, falling to D1 #10 Clarkston while voiding three weight classes.

#2 Dundee: On Saturday the Vikings hosted some of the state’s top teams at the annual Witt Challenge.  After opening the day with a dominant win over D2 #5 Greenville, the team dropped a pair of close duals to D1 #2 Davison and D1 #4 Bedford to finish with a record of 1-2.

#4 Birch Run: On Saturday the Panthers put together a 2-2 record while wrestling some extremely tough competition at the West Michigan Duals.  The team dropped duals against D2 #4 Allegan and D4 #3 Hesperia, but picked up a key win over D3 #5 Whitehall.

#5 Whitehall: The Tigers were one of five ranked teams competing in Saturday’s West Michigan Dual.  The team finished the day at 2-2, suffering a pair of tight losses to D2 #4 Allegan and D3 #4 Birch Run.  Whitehall finished the day on a high note, recording a dominant 56-14 win over formerly ranked Fremont.

#7 Otsego: The Bulldogs wrestled at Portage Central Saturday, turning in a runner-up finish behind D1 #5 Hartland.  Otsego was lead by individual champions Holden Dunklee and Alberto Lopez.

#8 Caro: The Tigers put together a strong performance on Saturday, cruising to a 1st place finish and 5-0 record at the Port Huron Duals.

#9 Swan Valley: Despite voiding 4 weight classes all day, the Vikings still managed to earn a 1st place finish at the Mt. Morris Duals Saturday.  The team finished the day at 5-0, defeating Ortonville Brandon 37-33 in their closest dual.

Division 4

#1 Hudson: On Wednesday night the Tigers picked up a big league victory, edging D3 #2 Dundee 29-26 to win the LCAA Crown. 

#2 New Lothrop: The Hornets were one of 5 teams to compete at Saturday’s West Michigan Duals in Whitehall.  D4’s second ranked team finished at 4-1, with their only loss coming 31-30 against D2 #4 Allegan in the finals.  Of their victories, the most important was a 38-27 win against D4 #3 Hesperia that should lock up the #2 seed at team states.

#3 Hesperia: On Saturday the Panthers took part in the West Michigan Duals, finishing in 3rd place with a 4-1 record.  After falling to D4 #2 New Lothrop in pool competition, the team bounced back to knock off D3 #4 Birch Run in their final match of the day.

#5 Watervliet: The Panthers are up to #5 in the D4 rankings follwing a 37-30 victory over #6 Decatur on Wednesday night.  The win came despite Watervliet surrendering four voids.

#7 Springport: The Spartans extended their record to 24-2 this weekend with a 1st place finish at the Fowlerville Duals.  Their title came in dramatic fashion, knocking off host Fowlerville 36-33 in the final dual of the day.

#8 Addison: Following a big win on Wednesday night, the Panthers are up to #8 in the D4 rankings.  The team defeated #9 Manchester on criteria following a 33-33 tie.

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