Rematch of Champs Brings Classic Conclusion to D1 Finals

By Drew Ellis
Special for Second Half

March 5, 2022

DETROIT – It was fitting that Josh Barr versus Manuel Rojas was the last bout of the night at Saturday’s Division 1 Individual Wrestling Finals, because that’s the match everyone was most excited to see.

Two of the best in the country at 171 pounds, with a combined four state titles between them, Davison’s Barr emerged victorious with a 5-2 win over Detroit Catholic Central’s Rojas, with all eyes on them.

“This is what I’ve been talking about for a long time. I couldn’t wait to be part of something like this. Practically main eventing the state championships against one of the best wrestlers in the state, it’s amazing,” Barr said. “Having all these people around watching, it was awesome.”

Barr (28-1), a junior, set the tone right away with a takedown in the first period to lead 2-0.

Rojas (37-3) managed an escape in the first and another in the second to even the match at 2-2. Barr would answer with an escape to start the third and then drive home the win with a takedown in the final minute to earn his third title.

“It means a lot,” Barr said of his third championship. “It means what we’re doing is right, it’s working. Going to bed early, waking up early, eating clean. It all adds up.”

Rojas had just two losses in-state during his senior season, both coming to Barr over the last eight days. Barr edged Rojas 4-3 in last weekend’s Division 1 Team Final while leading Davison to a 29-21 victory.

“I think it just shows my character. I got right back to it last week. Winning that team state title was cool, but as soon as I got in my car, it was over,” Barr said. “I started training again right away. I knew (Rojas) was going to be sitting here waiting for me, so I got right back to it.”

103
Champion: Conor McAlary, Hudsonville, Fr. (45-1)
Decision, 4-2 (OT), over Ozia Wilson, Macomb Dakota, Fr. (47-1)

In a thrilling finish, McAlary scored a takedown in sudden victory to hand Wilson his only loss of the season.

“I knew going into this match that I had to take (Wilson) into deep waters to win this match,” McAlary said. “Heading into overtime, my coach told me this is right where we wanted to be. I knew I had it.”

The first two periods were scoreless, but McAlary got a takedown in the third to counter a pair of escapes from Wilson. It then came down to a quick takedown from McAlary in OT to earn the state title.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “The goal is always to win, but sometimes you can’t really wrap your head around it even after you win. I don’t really know what to feel. It’s wild.”

112
Champion: Caleb Weiand, Macomb Dakota, Jr. (48-0)
Decision, 3-1, over Mariano Lopez, Holt, Jr. (35-5)

After suffering his only loss of the 2021 season in a championship match, Weiand was determined not to suffer the same fate this year.

“Losing in the state finals was the worst feeling I ever had. I didn’t want to experience that again,” Weiand said.

His takedown in the first period proved to be the difference, as he held off a game Lopez over the final minutes.

“I just had to stay tough,” Weiand said. “I knew I could ride him out for most of the period. I feel very confident on top.”

119
Champion: Drew Heethuis, Detroit Catholic Central, Jr. (32-3)
Decision, 4-1, over Justin Gates, Davison, Soph. (30-4)

In a match that featured a pair of 2021 champions, Heethuis scored a takedown in the first period and a reversal in the second to secure his second title.

“It’s awesome. I had a couple of bumps in the road earlier in the year, and I wasn’t in the right mindset,” Heethuis said. “Over the past couple of months, because of my coaches, I was able to dial it in for the last half of the year. It feels great.”

The two met in last week’s Division 1 Team Final, with Heethuis grinding out a 2-1 victory over Gates.

“We wrestled last weekend and I knew it would be a tough match this time, too,” Heethuis said. “I knew that if I was able to get into a good attack in the first, it would be key.”

125
Champion: Cade Horwath, Davison, Jr. (30-0)
Decision, 10-5, over Fritz Mueller, Macomb Dakota, Sr. (40-7)

Horvath earned his 100th career win and locked up his third championship while also capping his second-consecutive undefeated season.

“This one means a little more,” Horwath said of his third title. “We had some team adversity this year, so it took a lot of hard work by the team to get everyone at their best.”

Horwath scored two takedowns early in the first period to set the tone and never trailed in the match.

“Honestly, I just wanted to have fun and score some points,” Horwath said. “It was a nice environment, being able to wrestle in front of my family and fans.” 

130
Champion: Clayton Jones, Detroit Catholic Central, Jr. (36-3)
Decision, 9-2, over Elijah Bunn, Rockford, Jr. (42-2)

Jones secured his first championship with a dominant effort at 130 pounds, earning a 9-2 win over the top-seeded Bunn.

“I’m just thinking that all the hard work that we’ve been putting in got (me) the state championship,” Jones said.

Jones came out aggressive with an early takedown in the first and added two more in the second to keep in control.

“I made sure to get the first takedown,” Jones said. “I came out the gates and just kept going at him, going at him.”

135
Champion: Aidan Smith, Brighton, Sr. (44-1)
Decision, 8-4, over Caleb Youngblood, Romeo, Sr. (26-4)

Smith added his name to Brighton’s championship history with a hard-fought win.

“I have waited for this for a very long time,” Smith said. “I had previous teammates ahead of me that won state titles, and that was a lot of pressure on me. I just feel like all of that pressure has been lifted.”

Smith never trailed, as he scored the opening takedown and sprinkled in a few more throughout the bout.

“I knew the match was going to be tough. I just had to wrestle all six minutes hard,” he said. “I felt like I was getting into my attacks really well, and I just kept chain wrestling. I was really happy with my performance.” 

140
Champion: Dylan Gilcher, Detroit Catholic Central, Jr. (39-0)
Decision, 7-1, over Evan Herriman, Davison, Jr. (20-4)

A quiet and composed Gilcher won his third championship at a third different weight class Saturday.

After winning at 112 pounds in 2020 and 135 pounds in 2021, Gilcher controlled his match from start-to-finish to earn the 140-pound crown.

This Finals matchup was a rematch from the 135-pound final in 2021. Gilcher won that 3-0. These two also met in last weekend’s D1 Team Final, a 7-5 victory for Gilcher.

“I had him last week and last year. I’ve been wrestling him since we were little, growing up. He was always kind of bigger than me, so he could beat me up a little bit,” Gilcher said. “It feels good.”

Woodhaven/Davison wrestling

145
Champion: Nathan Jerore, Brownstown Woodhaven, Sr. (38-1)
Decision, 8-4, over Owen Payne, Davison, Sr. (15-2)

After seeing previous title bids ended prematurely by injuries and the pandemic, Jerore now can call himself a Finals champion.

“I literally can’t believe it. I wanted it so bad. It’s been taken from me for so long,” Jerore said. “Injuries and COVID, it’s been crazy, but I just kept working toward this goal.”

Jerore scored four takedowns in the match and was relentless on his feet against Payne.

“I knew he was going to be tough, but I knew that if I was as tough as I can be, anyone that I wrestled I could break,” Jerore said. “That’s what happened.”

152
Champion: Darius Marines, Detroit Catholic Central, Soph. (35-4)
Decision, 1-0, over Tatum Bunn, Detroit Catholic Central, Jr. (25-12)

For the second consecutive season, Marines had to face a teammate in a championship match.

For the second consecutive season, Marines came out victorious.

“It’s unfortunate, but it had to happen,” Marines said of facing a teammate in the final again. “(Bunn) was one of my best friends on the team. It kind of hurt. But, I had to set all that stuff aside.”

The match didn’t have much action. Marines rode out Bunn in the second period and then earned an escape in the third for the lone point.

“I felt pretty good (after the second period),” Marines said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this, so it feels pretty good (to win).”

160
Champion: Rollie Denker, Temperance Bedford, Sr. (55-2)
Decision, 3-1, over Brayden Mirjavadi, Romeo, Jr. (41-4)

A takedown in the closing second of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave Denker his first championship.

Mirjavadi got an escape in the second to take a 1-0 lead, and Denker answered with an escape of his own to start the third. He then turned up the heat late in the match to earn his title.

“I knew late in matches, we all get tired, but I knew (Mirjavadi) would be the exception, so I had to keep going and eventually I just got him,” Denker said.

189
Champion: Remey Cotton, Davison, Jr. (27-3)
Decision, 7-4, over Aidan Wardell, Midland Dow, Sr. (44-4)

Cotton got a takedown early in the bout and built a 5-1 lead in the second period before hanging on for the victory.

“I’ve trained for this my whole life,” Cotton said of the win. “Being able to come out here and get it done just feels amazing.”

Along with his first championship, Cotton also avenged a prior loss to Wardell to cap off his season.

“I practice every day to win every match,” Cotton said. “If I lose one match, I just look forward to the next one to be able to move that to the past.”

215
Champion: Jimmy Colley, Davison, Sr. (32-2)
Decision, 14-7, over Avery Dickerson, Hartland, Sr. (45-2)

Colley collected his second consecutive championship at 215 pounds in a wild scramble of a match.

“It feels great to come back here and end your career as a state champ two times in a row, as well as a team champ two times in a row,” Colley said. “It shows you are one of the best.”

The two contenders traded position often, but it was Colley who found himself with the advantage more consistently. He led 8-5 after two periods and then handled his business in the third.

“We both had that same funky style, and we always put on an exciting match,” Colley said. “You never know what (Dickerson) is going to do. It looks like we are just rolling around sometimes.”

285
Champion: Joshua Terrill, Holt, Sr. (43-2)
Decision, 6-2, over Giulian Bodiu, Canton, Sr. (28-1)

After finishing runner-up in 2021, Terrill grinded his way to a championship.

“I just kept telling myself to not be content. I wasn’t content, and I just won a state title,” Terrill said.

After a scoreless opening period, Terrill turned up the aggression and scored a pair of takedowns in the second period to take control. He credited his coaches for his strong finish.

“This means a whole lot to me, but this really goes to my coaches,” Terrill said. “None of this is about me, it’s about the coaches that got me here.”

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PHOTOS (Top) Davison’s Josh Barr (right) and Detroit Catholic Central’s Manuel Rojas contend for the 171-pound title Saturday at Ford Field. (Middle) Woodhaven’s Nathan Jerore, left, works toward a win at 145 pounds. (Click for more from HighSchoolSportsScene.com.)

Preview: Annual Favorites Lead Title March, But Challengers Set to Pursue

By Geoff Kimmerly
MHSAA.com senior editor

February 22, 2024

There’s no debating that a handful of annual powerhouses have ruled the MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals over the last decade.

But this weekend's edition at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo is filled with intriguing possibilities for those favorites to be challenged.

Yes, Lowell has won 10 straight championships in Division 2, Dundee has won six straight in Division 3, Hudson is seeking a three-peat in Division 4, and a repeat for Detroit Catholic Central in Division 1 would give the Shamrocks 17 team championships overall.

But consider:

In Division 1, DCC could face a 2023 Finals rematch with undefeated Hartland. In Division 2, Lowell is joined by three undefeated contenders plus a second-seeded Freeland team seeking its first title. Dundee also may find itself in a 2023 Finals rematch, with Whitehall. And Hudson certainly has an eye on St. Louis, which is seeded second in Division 4 for the second-straight season and seeking its first title as well.

And that’s just glancing at a handful of the 28 teams total seeking to dethrone last year’s four title winners.

Competition begins Friday at noon with the first of four sets of Quarterfinals. Semifinals are Saturday morning and early afternoon, with championship matches on four adjacent mats at 3:45 p.m. Brackets for all four divisions, links to buy tickets and watch online can be found here. Click here to check out the program, and see below for glances at all 32 hopefuls, listed by division and seed. (Weight classes beginning with “G” are from the girls division of the Individual Wrestling Finals.)

Division 1

#1 DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL
Record/rank:
 24-2, No. 1
League finish: First in Catholic High School League Central
Coach: Mitch Hancock, 17th season (380-58)
Championship history: Sixteen MHSAA championships (most recent 2023), four runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Ryan Totten (42-9) fr., 113 Gregory Jamison (36-6) fr., 113 Wyatt Lees (43-5) soph., 120 Mack Moscovic (32-8) fr., 120 Nathan Walkowiak (27-11) jr., 126 Simon Dominguez (30-11) sr., 126 Grayson Fuchs (36-5) fr., 132 Michael Cannon (23-16) sr., 150 Mason Stewart (44-3) sr., 157 Darius Marines (43-0) sr., 175 Andrew White (30-13) jr., 190 Lee Krueger (37-5) jr., 215 Connor Bercume (37-3) jr., 285 Ben Eziuka (30-11) soph.
Outlook: DCC turned its seventh-straight championship match appearance last year into its first Division 1 championship since 2020, and the Shamrocks are the only team at this Finals sending a full 14 qualifiers to Ford Field next weekend. Eight of those qualifiers are repeat contenders from a year ago. Marines will be wrestling for his fourth individual championship, while Bercume and Lees also were Finals champions in 2023, Stewart was a runner-up and Walkowiak and Krueger were placers.

#2 HARTLAND
Record/rank: 31-0, No. 2
League finish: First in Kensington Lakes Activities Association West
Coach: Kyle Summerfield, third season (87-4)
Championship history: Division 1 champion 2016, six runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 113 Brayden Tougas (39-5) fr., 120 Ashton Jewell (36-8) fr., 126 Bohdan Abbey (51-0) soph., 126 Ty Biggert (40-9) jr., 132 Dallas Korponic (46-5) soph., 138 Easton Culver (23-1) jr., 150 Vinnie Abbey (45-3) sr., 150 Colin Jewell (40-6) sr., 157 Joseph Cappellano (36-8) soph., 165 James Butzier (41-8) sr., 175 Will Darish (31-13) sr., 215 Jacob Pretzel (41-4) sr.
Outlook: The seasoned Eagles start seven seniors and three juniors and emerged from a league that also included No. 3 seed Brighton as they attempt to take the final step after finishing runner-up to DCC a year ago. Hartland also defeated No. 7 Clarkston during this tournament run. Bohdan Abbey was last season’s champion at 113 and is a combined 95-3 over his first two, while Vinnie Abbey was last year’s runner-up at 157 and Korponic and Culver also placed in 2023.

#3 BRIGHTON
Record/rank: 26-2, No. 4
League finish: Second in Kensington Lakes Activities Association West
Coach: Shawn Scott, fourth season (82-27)
Championship history: Division 1 champion 2015, runner-up 2019 and 2018.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Ethan Smith (43-7) soph., 106 Jameson Wood (25-11) fr., 113 Drake Pollins (30-10) soph., 144 Kaden Tindall (37-15) soph., 150 Xander Courneya (36-12) soph., 165 Zak Knapp (45-4) sr., 215 Sean O’Keefe (38-8) jr., G-115 Rayna Richardson (15-2) fr., G-190 Sabrina Nauss (5-0) sr.
Outlook: Brighton is back at Finals weekend for the first time since 2020, and has won District titles all four seasons under Scott – who previously assisted at Kent State. Knapp, Smith and junior Easton Hardesty (132, 28-2) were Finals placers last season, and Nauss is a two-time individual champion. Smith is one of five sophomore starters, and four of those five will wrestle at Ford Field next weekend.

#4 ROCKFORD
Record/rank: 29-3, No. 5
League finish: First in Ottawa-Kent Conference Red
Coach: Brian Richardson, 15th season (338-127)
Championship history: Two MHSAA championships (most recent 2009), three runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Layne Martin (41-6) fr., 132 Liam Fitzpatrick (37-11) soph., 144 James Diel (39-9) sr., 175 Louis Bosscher (34-9) sr., 175 Logan Hammingh (33-12) soph., 285 Ryan Ahern (44-0) sr., G-145 Hailee Budrick (8-0) sr.  
Outlook: The Rams reached the Semifinals as the third seed last season, and they’re returning to championship weekend for the fifth time over the last six years. The lineup is anchored by five seniors and five juniors, and Ahern was the individual runner-up at 190 last season while junior Braylenn Aulbach (138, 38-10) and Budrick also were placers.

#5 TEMPERANCE BEDFORD
Record/rank: 24-4, No. 3
League finish: First in Southeastern Conference
Coach: Kevin Vogel, 13th season (310-69)
Championship history: Eleven MHSAA championships (most recent 2001), seven runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Cody Duvendack (41-6) fr., 113 Tristan King (36-13) soph., 138 Lucas Gerber (34-17) jr., 144 Noah Benore (42-9) jr., 165 Zach Miracle (43-7) soph., 215 Conner Green (32-4) sr., 285 Chase Norbury (45-3) jr.
Outlook: Bedford moved up two seeds from last season in reaching the Finals for the third straight, and defeated No. 10 Westland John Glenn on the way to Kalamazoo. While the team has three seniors and five juniors among starters, it also starts five sophomores with five more serving as key reserves. King, Benore and Green all are returning individual qualifiers.

#6 DAVISON
Record/rank: 19-5, No. 6
League finish: First in Saginaw Valley League
Coach: Drew Dixon, first season (19-5)
Championship history: Ten MHSAA championships (most recent 2022), six runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Steve Vaughn (29-8) fr., 126 Calvin Martz (31-7) soph., 132 Dominic Perez (10-1) jr., 138 Julius Pacheco (17-7) fr., 144 Justin Gates (35-2) sr., 144 Tanner McDunnah (29-6) jr., 150 Kyle Jelinek (23-7) jr., 157 Bryan Shanks (29-19) sr., 165 Brayden Bundy (18-11) soph., 190 Charlie Armstead (28-13) sr., 215 Brandon Glisson (30-16) soph., 285 Alexander Holmes (34-11) sr.
Outlook: Davison is continuing its run of Finals appearances under first-year coach Dixon, who previously served as an assistant at St. Clair County Community College and inherited a program only a year removed from winning back-to-back Division 1 titles. Gates is the reigning champion at 138 and will wrestle for his third Finals individual title next weekend, while Jelinek is a two-time returning placer. Davison defeated No. 8 Oxford during its District run.

#7 MACOMB DAKOTA
Record/rank: 21-2, No. 9
League finish: First in Macomb Area Conference Red
Coach: Ed Skowneski, 12th season (315-66)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Ethan Smith (43-7) soph., 113 Carl Nihranz (42-2) soph., 132 Jake Gawlowski (36-7) sr., 138 Ozia Wilson (44-2) jr., 150 Dominic de Mesa (37-8) sr., 190 Logan Criteser (37-4) jr., 215 Brady Hamby (35-6) jr., 285 Brad Haver (40-5) sr.
Outlook: After a season away, Dakota is back at Finals weekend for the 10th time under Skowneski and with a starting lineup that will graduate only four this spring. Those four seniors all have at least 35 wins, Connor Palazzolo (144, 35-7) joining the three noted above. He’s also one of four returning Finals placers, joined by Nihranz, Gawlowski and Criteser, and Wilson was the runner-up at 103 as a freshman.

#8 WARREN MOTT
Record/rank: 14-4, unranked
League finish: First in Macomb Area Conference White
Coach: Paul Salyers, ninth season (129-52)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 113 Cameron Leone (31-7) jr., 132 Kiet Tran (32-11) sr., 138 Adil Salam (27-13) sr., 144 John Kaminski (36-11) soph., 150 Jude Kaptur (33-17) sr., 165 Paul Khamo (39-6) sr., G-125 Megan Melnyk (20-8) jr., G-125 Makayla Perdue-Daniels (18-9) jr.
Outlook: Mott has won league and District titles all but two seasons under Salyers, a past individual runner-up at Sandusky, and now he’ll take the Marauders to the Team Finals for the first time. He’ll bring a lineup starting eight seniors of 14 total on the team. Perdue-Daniels placed sixth at girls 125 last season.  

Division 2

#1 LOWELL
Record/rank: 19-3, No. 1
League finish: First in O-K White
Coach: R.J. Boudro, 10th season (190-30)
Championship history: Thirteen MHSAA championships (most recent 2023), six runner-up finishes. 
Individual Finals qualifiers: 
106 Cole Cichocki (20-12) fr., 106 Jarrett Smith (32-1) soph., 113 Braddock King (21-14) jr., 120 Carter Cichocki (23-9) fr., 132 Jackson Blum (28-1) jr., 132 Logan Dawson (27-10) soph., 138 Trevor Boone (25-11) soph., 144 Owen Segorski (27-6) jr., 150 Tacho Gonzales (21-14) sr., 157 Jared Boone (27-8) sr., 190 Casey Engle (26-9) jr.
Outlook: Lowell’s record championship streak stands at 10. The Red Arrows defeated No. 7 Hamilton during this latest tournament run and have an experienced group despite only four seniors in the anticipated starting lineup. Blum was last season’s individual champion at 120, while Segorski was runner-up at 138, Carter Cichocki was runner-up at 113, and Dawson and Smith also placed.

#2 FREELAND
Record/rank: 23-2, No. 2
League finish: Second in Tri-Valley Conference Red
Coach: Scott VanLuven, fourth season (89-20)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 106 Easton Rosebush (26-14) soph., 126 Malachi Hill (38-5) jr., 144 Ty Fournier (32-8) sr., 150 Fabian Facundo (40-0) jr., 157 Noah Graham (42-2) sr., 165 Gibson Shepard (37-5) sr., 175 Elijah Murphy (29-8) sr., G-140 Violet Cabrera (10-4) jr.
Outlook: Freeland has won four Districts under VanLuven and is making its second trip to the Finals under his leadership, thanks in part to a 31-27 win over No. 3 Bay City John Glenn in the District Final. The Falcons also defeated frequent contender Gaylord to clinch the Regional. Seven seniors lead this group, and Facundo was a Division 3 individual runner-up for Alma as a freshman.

#3 THREE RIVERS
Record/rank: 29-0, No. 5
League finish: First in Wolverine Conference
Coach: Jeff Smith, eighth season (116-75)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 
113 Kale Parr (41-13) fr., 126 Ethan Moreland (48-4) fr., 132 Ayden Keller (49-4) jr., 150 Evan Harper (36-13) fr., 150 Landon Moreland (46-6) jr., 157 Braylon Faile (38-12) fr., 165 Louis Smith (48-1) soph., 175 Jeremiah Detwiler (44-7) sr., 190 Jaxon Smith (49-3) soph.
Outlook: Three Rivers will be making its second Finals appearance, and first since 2001, and the Wildcats are a combined 54-2 over the last two seasons. They made it here in part thanks to a Regional Semifinal win over No. 9 Stevensville Lakeshore. Detwiler was a Finals placer last season, and he’s the lone senior starter in a lineup that includes 10 underclassmen.

#4 MASON
Record/rank: 23-0, No. 4
League finish: First in Capital Area Activities Conference Red
Coach: Brian Martel, 21st season (600-118)
Championship history: Three MHSAA titles (most recent 2006), one runner-up finish.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 
120 Darius Ambs (32-6) soph., 126 Matt Ausel (13-3) jr., 144 Tex Smith (31-3) sr., 150 Jadyn Grimes (31-7) sr., 157 Gavin Vankirk (31-5) jr., 165 AJ Martel (16-1) sr., 175 Derek Badgley (35-2) sr., 215 Grant Gilchrist (27-9) sr.
Outlook: Brian Martel was Mason’s coach for its 2004 runner-up finish and Division 2 titles the following two seasons, and he has the Bulldogs on another nice run with the last five seasons including five league, four District and three Regional titles. Grimes and Badgley were Finals placers last season and are among six senior starters. AJ Martel finished his football career in the fall as the school’s all-time leading rusher, and he recently was named an MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award winner.  

#5 MONROE JEFFERSON
Record/rank: 28-0, No. 6
League finish: First in Huron League
Coach: Ryan Nadeau, second season (46-2)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 
113 Tyler Vanderpool (38-15) jr., 126 Ty Rose (46-8) sr., 132 Issac Masserant (41-8) sr., Ryder Mulherin (48-12) jr., 144 Carter Simota (53-3) sr., 150 Vladimir Uhlik (31-11) sr., 157 Martre Pearson (46-8) sr., 215 Anthony Cousino (48-5) sr., G-120 Morgan Simota (7-2) soph.
Outlook: Jefferson has moved up two seeds from last season’s Finals appearance as the Bears return for the fourth-straight year. Few have as experienced a lineup, as last year’s junior-heavy group has turned into 10 senior starters with three more juniors and a sophomore filling things out. Six of this season’s individual qualifiers also reached Ford Field in 2023.  

#6 GREENVILLE
Record/rank: 35-5, No. 8
League finish: Second in O-K White
Coach: Brett Peterman, third season (100-17)
Championship history: Division 2 champion 2008, runner-up 2011.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 120 Kamden Witte (39-7) jr., 144 Alex Buskirk (41-3) soph., 150 Liam Dailey (37-5) sr., 165 Naythan Dobson (35-4) sr., 165 Casey Eberspeaker (39-8) sr., 190 Nick Earles (31-10) sr., 215 Case Johnson (47-2) jr.
Outlook: Peterman has led Greenville to at least 31 wins all three of his seasons guiding the program, and now to its first Finals weekend since 2013. Ten starters have at least 30 wins, including all seven Individual Finals qualifiers. Dobson, Buskirk, Dailey and Johnson all were individual placers last season.

#7 LAKE FENTON
Record/rank: 41-5, unranked
League finish: Tied for first in Flint Metro League
Coach: Vance Corcoran, 14th season (395-125)
Championship history: Division 3 runner-up 2011.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 
106 Marvin Jorge (49-6) sr., 120 Clay Cook (55-1) sr., 126 Robby Moore (52-7) sr., 138 Drew Corcoran (54-6) sr., 150 Noah Hall (55-3) sr., 190 Josh Ezell (45-13) jr.
Outlook: This is Lake Fenton’s fifth trip to Finals weekend under Corcoran, and first since 2017. The other four came in Division 3, but the Blue Devils have begun to make their move in Division 2 as well and bring a lineup to Kalamazoo with nine senior starters including five of the individual qualifiers noted above. Hall and Cook were Finals placers last season.

#8 BLOOMFIELD HILLS BROTHER RICE
Record/rank: 17-7, unranked
League finish: Second in Catholic High School League Central
Coach: Scott Kolesky, fifth season (90-39)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers: 113 Richard Davis (44-2) soph., 126 Ricardo Saenz (45-2) jr., 144 Deacon MacNeill (41-3) soph., Alex Rabban (30-18) jr., Caleb Steele (44-7) soph.
Outlook: Brother Rice has strung together three straight Finals appearances and has plenty to look forward to with only two senior starters but six sophomores and two freshmen in the lineup. Davis, Saenz and MacNeill all placed at last season’s Individual Finals, Saenz for the second straight.

Greenville, right, faces off against Mount Pleasant.

Division 3

#1 DUNDEE
Record/rank: 15-5, No. 1
League finish: First in Lenawee County Athletic Association
Co-coaches: Garrett Stevens & Nate Hall, second seasons (34-7)
Championship history: Fifteen MHSAA championships (most recent 2023), eight runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Mason Katschor (40-6) fr., 113 Mason Haines (25-12) soph., 113 Haydn Nutt (32-7) soph., 120 Braden Broderick (11-1) soph., 126 Wyatt Burns (20-9) fr., 126 Kade Kluce (24-9) sr., 132 Cameron Chinavare (32-2) sr., 138 Jeremy Amrhein (26-9) soph., 144 Blake Cosby (37-1) soph., 150 Donny Beaufait (34-8) soph., 150 Trey Parker (28-12) sr., 157 Kole Katschor (38-6) jr.
Outlook: As Dundee attempts to extend its Division 3 championship streak to seven, there are eight underclassmen in the lineup – which is more bad news for everyone else as the Vikings remain the team to chase. Kluce will wrestle next weekend for a fourth individual championship and is the reigning champ at 120, and Chinavare will attempt to win his third title after claiming 126 a year ago. Nutt (106) and Kole Katschor (150) also were 2023 champions, while Cosby was the runner-up at 144 and Broderick, Beaufait, Parker and sophomore Rocco Redmon (175, 25-15) were placers.

#2 WHITEHALL
Record/rank: 27-3, No. 2
League finish: First in West Michigan Conference Lakes
Coach: Justin Zeerip, sixth season (160-15)
Championship history: Division 3 runner-up 2023 and 2021, Class C runner-up 1984.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Cody Manzo (39-7) soph., 113 Kolten Weiler (33-13) soph., 120 Max Krukowski (31-12) soph., 126 Nolan Taranko (43-5) sr., 138 Ryne Christensen (40-6) sr., 144 Liam Leeke (37-11) fr., 150 Darnell Mack (47-0) sr., 157 Ryan Goodrich (42-5) jr., 175 Gavin Craner (47-0) jr., 215 Blake Morningstar (35-12) sr.; 285 Jason Smith (24-10) sr.
Outlook: Whitehall outwrestled its third seed last season to reach the championship match, and a combined 10 seniors and juniors returned to anchor all but one weight from 126 up. Mack and Goodrich were Finals placers last season when the team had five individual qualifiers – compared to 11 this trip, including all four underclassmen starters.

#3 CLINTON
Record/rank: 26-5, No. 4
League finish: Third in Lenawee County Athletic Association
Coach: Casey Randolph, 11th season (292-61)
Championship history: Two MHSAA championships (most recent 2021), one runner-up finish.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Nate Arntz (31-8) sr., 126 Braylon Long (39-4) jr., 132 Connor Younts (50-2) sr., 138 Maurice Ames (42-6) sr., 150 Cliff Jones (40-8) soph., Bryce Randolph (49-2) soph., Wyatt Hicks (40-13) sr., 285 Hamza Rafferty (40-10) jr.
Outlook:
 This will be Clinton’s eighth-straight trip to Finals weekend, and the team enters one seed higher than a year ago. The lineup has five seniors but also seven underclassmen including five straight wrestling from 150-190. Randolph, Long, Younts and Ames were individual placers last season, and Younts was the 103-pound champion in Division 4 as a freshman.

#4 CONSTANTINE
Record/rank:
 25-2, No. 5
League finish: Tied for first in Southwestern Athletic Conference
Coach: Dale Davidhizar III, ninth season (215-71)
Championship history: 1993 Class C-D champion, 2002 Division 3 runner-up.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 132 Bear Geibe (42-7) soph., 132 Preston Like (35-9) jr., 138 Koltin Gross (36-6) jr., 157 Brody Jones (43-4) jr., 175 Dathan Smith (38-13) sr., 190 Gregg Reed (38-8) sr., 285 Bennett VandenBerg (48-0) sr., G-140 Shayla Nickoson (19-7) jr.
Outlook: Constantine also moved up a seed in returning to the Finals for the fourth-straight season, and a lineup that was young the last two seasons now boasts six senior and four junior starters. The Falcons also have nearly doubled last season’s five Individual Finals qualifiers with eight this time. VandenBerg was the runner-up at 215 last year, and Jones placed seventh at 144.

#5 HART
Record/rank: 26-6, No. 7
League finish: First in West Michigan Conference Rivers
Coach: Rocky Smith, first season (26-6)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 113 Kole Thomas (40-7) fr., 144 JoseLuis Andaverde (42-12) sr., 157 Josue Salgado Velazquez (42-7) sr., 175 Alex Hicks (45-4) jr., 215 Ivan Lara (36-7) sr.  
Outlook: Hart has a first-year head coach for the second-straight season and continues to rise. Smith is a 1996 grad and served as an assistant for a decade, and his first Pirates team has moved up three seeds from a year ago as it makes the trip for the fifth-straight season. Velazquez and Hicks also qualified for the Individual Finals last season.

#6 YALE
Record/rank: 21-6, No. 6
League finish: Tied for first in Blue Water Area Conference
Coach: Rob Majcher, 11th season (158-163)
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Gable Majcher (38-5) fr., 113 Chase Sopha (35-12) fr., 120 Landon Sopha (45-5) jr., 126 Kersten McClelland (40-12) soph., 157 Jeremy Griffith (42-3) sr., 175 Cole McLaughlin (42-6) jr. G-100 Gianna Hoskins (18-2) fr., G-130 Madison Mason (15-8) sr., G-235 Grace Warnke (4-7) fr.
Outlook: Yale is making its second trip to Finals weekend and first since 1990 after defeating No. 9 Otisville LakeVille Memorial in the District and No. 8 Richmond and No. 3 Algonac in the Regional. It’s been arguably the most impressive run in any division to get to Kalamazoo, and Yale did it with only three seniors in the lineup but seven more junior starters also helping to anchor. Griffith and Landon Sopha both were individual placers last season.

#7 GLADSTONE
Record/rank: 18-1, No. 10
League finish: First in Mid-Peninsula Conference
Coach: Jeff Brazeau, fifth season (79-16)
Championship history: Upper Peninsula Finals champion 1987, two UP Finals runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 126 Drew Hanson (42-1) sr., 150 Austin Solis (37-2) sr., 175 Trevor Thorbahn (37-6) soph.
Outlook: Gladstone has run its Regional title streak to three and continues to stack experience with a lineup this weekend including only four senior starters and also four freshmen. Hanson and Solis were Individual Finals placers last season, Hanson finishing third at his weight for the second straight.

#8 LAKE ODESSA LAKEWOOD
Record/rank: 24-6, unranked
League finish: Second in Capital Area Activities Conference White
Coach: Anthony Harmer, sixth season
Championship history: Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 120 Vincent Stamm (31-8) fr., 126 Kade Boucher (28-10) jr., 138 Bryson Boucher (32-12) fr., 144 Jonathan Krebs (36-2) sr., 215 Joel Simon (32-2) jr.
Outlook: Lakewood has won five league and three District titles under 2001 grad Harmer, and now will return to Finals weekend for the first time since 2017. The Vikings also start only three seniors but four juniors, including Simon who finished third at 215 last season.

Division 4

#1 HUDSON
Record/rank: 24-4, No. 1
League finish: Second in Lenawee County Athletic Association
Coach: Scott Marry, 36th season (914-205)
Championship history: 10 MHSAA championships (most recent 2023), four runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Jaxton Kimling (19-21) fr., 113 Chase Clark (28-13) fr., 120 Colt Perry (16-7) soph., 120 Nicholas Sorrow (45-1) soph., 126 Julien Kimling (36-10) jr., 126 Owen Loop (28-19) fr., 138 Cole Marry (41-8) sr., 144 Coy Perry (42-6) sr., 150 Austin Marry (35-7) sr., 157 Jacob Pickford (30-14) jr., 175 Logan Ryan (34-9) sr., 190 Barron Mansfield (22-18) jr., G-105 Grace Miller (19-13) fr.
Outlook: The Tigers keep rolling as they pursue a third-straight title and sixth over the last eight seasons, with the forecast very similar to last year’s heading into Finals weekend. Scott Marry remains the winningest active coach and second-winningest overall, 67 dual victories behind retired record holder Bruce Bittenbender. Coy Perry and Sorrow were Individual Finals champions a year ago, and Austin Marry, Cole Marry, Julien Kimling, Colt Perry, Ryan and Pickford were placers.

#2 ST. LOUIS
Record/rank: 24-2, No. 2
League finish: First in Tri-Valley Conference Blue
Coach: Kevin Kuhn, 17th season (345-108)
Championship history: Class C-D runner-up 1995.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Owen Fogel (47-2) soph., 113 Paul Eldredge (19-8) soph., 113 Alex Rodriguez (41-2) soph., 120 Genaro Soto (30-9) jr., 126 Colin Kuhn (46-3) jr., 126 Ben March (19-13) sr., 132 Laythan Haworth (42-9) soph., 144 Martine Wiggins (43-6) jr., 157 Drew Challender (42-6) soph., 190 Udter Tweh (27-13) sr., 215 Ramon Anguiano (34-12) sr., G-100 Olesya Mullins (34-2) soph.
Outlook: St. Louis is the second seed for the second-straight season and will look to build on runs to the Semifinals the last two years. The Sharks defeated No. 10 Lakeview to advance to Kalamazoo. Rodriguez was the Individual Finals runner-up at 113 last season and Colin Kuhn and Fogel both placed at 106, while Mullins finished sixth in the girls 100 class.

#3 BENZIE CENTRAL
Record/rank: 25-4, No. 3
League finish: Tied for first in Northwest Conference
Co-coaches: Cody Vandonkelaar, second season (50-8); Josh Lovendusky, 11th season (159-138)
Championship history: 
Has never advanced to an MHSAA Final.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 113 Dayne Gillison (35-8) soph., 120 Benjamin Deridder (35-9) jr., 132 Nathan Higgins (18-8) jr., 138 Jacob Gillison (42-7) sr., 138 Joe Morse (30-14) sr., 144 Owen Cruden (40-10) sr., 150 Dalton Geetings (34-15) sr., 157 Tyrone Brouillet (37-16) sr., 157 Conner Wenkel (34-15) jr., 175 Danny Wallington (19-10) sr., 190 Michael Pfeiffer (31-9) sr., 215 Lane Sanchez (36-12) soph., 285 Ryan Kincaid (35-14) sr., G-130 Cambrie Lawrence (20-7) sr.
Outlook: After making the Finals for the first time last season, as the seventh seed and nearly upsetting the second-seeded Sharks, Benzie has moved up to the third seed this weekend with eight returning Individual Finals qualifiers as well. Gillison was seventh at 138 last season, Pfeiffer was eighth at 175 and Lawrence was seventh at girls 125.

#4 BRONSON
Record/rank: 28-8, No. 4
League finish: Second in Big 8 Conference
Coach: Chad Butters, 11th season (290-74)
Championship history: Division 4 runner-up 2023, 2003 and 2002.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 126 Owen Kimmons (38-11) jr., 150 Gabriel Erwin (38-6) soph., 157 Layne Knisely (47-6) soph., 165 Mason Lindsey (47-5) jr., 175 Carson Norton (47-6) sr.; 190 Jacob Britten (44-6) sr., G-135 Mackenna Webster (27-2) soph.
Outlook: Bronson finished above its seed last season, reaching the championship match for the first time in two decades and after entering as the third seed for the second-straight year. Just like last winter, Bronson advanced in part this time by defeating No. 5 Union City in the District Final. Norton, Britten, Knisely and Webster all are returning Individual Finals placers from last season.

#5 MANCHESTER
Record/rank: 28-7, No. 6
League finish: First in Cascades Conference
Coach: Steve Vlcek, 34th season (729-37)
Championship history: Division 4 runner-up 2008.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 113 Onyx Ostrom (40-9) jr., 126 Sammy Stewart (51-1) soph., 138 Nathan Meyer (40-10) jr., 144 Blake Sloan (47-5) soph., 165 Drake Neff (28-24) jr., 175 Gunner Carson (48-4) jr., 215 Nathan Fletcher (39-12) jr., 285 Dylan Gauss (34-13) jr.
Outlook: After returning to the Finals last season with a lineup filled with underclassmen, Manchester is much more experienced this trip, with several juniors setting the program up for a potentially strong 2025 run as well. Stewart won the individual championship at 113 last season, while Ostrom was eighth at 106 and Carson was eighth at 157. Vlcek is up to 10th on the all-time coaching wins list.

#6 IRON MOUNTAIN
Record/rank: 15-2, unranked
League finish: Second in Mid-Peninsula Conference
Coach: Cory McLaren, seventh season (88-49)
Championship history: Five Upper Peninsula Finals championships, three UP Finals runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 120 Alexander Wilson (34-6) sr., 126 Di’Angelo Saldana (24-16) soph., 126 Tyler Winch (39-2) sr., 138 Daniel Manier (29-4) jr., 165 Fulton Stroud (32-2) sr., 165 Bradon Walstrom (24-10) sr., G-105 Shayna Hruska (20-10) sr.
Outlook: Eight senior starters lead the Mountaineers back to Wings and a few spots higher after the team was seeded eighth a year ago. Stroud and Wilson were repeat Finals placers last season – Stroud the runner-up at 165 and Winch fourth at 126 – and Hruska was seventh at girls 105.

#7 CLIMAX-SCOTTS/MARTIN
Record/rank: 26-5, No. 8
League finish: Tied for first in Southwestern Athletic Conference
Coach: Logan Curry, second season (55-9)
Championship history: Martin was Class D champion in 1998, with three runner-up finishes.
Individual Finals qualifiers:
 106 Logan Gilbert (45-3) jr., 120 Cole Reitz (33-10) jr., 126 Jayce Ritchie (26-3) jr., 132 Haylen Buell (38-4) soph., 144 Jack Bagwell (47-10) jr., 215 Sam Bleeker (34-13) jr.
Outlook: CSM – a cooperative formed in 2015 – is making a return trip to the Finals after defeating No. 7 Decatur and No. 9 White Pigeon to win the Regional title. Gilbert was the runner-up last season at 106 after winning the 103 individual title as a freshman, and Buell also was a runner-up last winter at 132 while Ritchie placed fourth at 120.

#8 SAGINAW MICHIGAN LUTHERAN SEMINARY
Record/rank: 20-10, unranked
League finish: Fourth in TVC Blue
Coach: Joshua Wakefield, second season (38-26)
Championship history: Class D runner-up 1975.
Individual Finals qualifier:
 190 Ethan Wakefield (41-4) jr.
Outlook: MLS is coming off its first Regional championship since that 1975 runner-up season, giving the TVC Blue two teams in this bracket, and did so while giving up a weight. The future could be even brighter, with Ethan Wakefield just a junior and only three seniors – but six freshmen – in the starting lineup.

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