Final Wrestling Rankings: Detroit CC remains on top followed by Lowell and Davison
The fun has begun.
The path to Central Michigan University and the Team Finals started this week with team districts on Wednesday and Thursday.
Regional competition is Wednesday, with the finals slated for Feb. 24-25 in Mount Pleasant.
After the completion of the regular season, and first week of the postseason, there has been some moving in the State Champs team rankings.
Here are the top 20:
1. Detroit Catholic Central — No change here. The Shamrocks are the best team in the state, and have proved that over and over again this year.
2. Lowell — Nice win over Davison in the team tournament the Red Arrows hosted in January. Could this be the fourth straight Division 2 title for Lowell this year?
3. Davison — The Cardinals are solid, but not as good as the top two teams, teams they have lost to this year.
4. Warren Woods Tower — Amongst all these tradition-rich teams, Woods Tower has earned this high of a rating this year. Serious contender to Lowell in Division 2.
5. Hartland — You have to take in account injury and illness when ranking teams, and this team has seen its share of both this year.
6. Dundee –The Vikings beat Ida and Flat Rock by a combined score of 148-6 in team districts this week.
7. Richmond — The Blue Devils appear to be on a collision course with Dundee again for supremacy in Division 3.
8. Remus Chippewa Hills — But don’t count out Chippewa Hills in Division 3. This is coach Nate Ethridge’s best team and chance to break the Dundee/Richmond title stranglehold on the division.
9. Macomb Dakota — There are so many good teams in Division 1 this year, like Dakota, which shut out Chippewa Valley 69-0 to win a district title Thursday.
10. Oxford — Look at comments above, ditto goes for Oxford, which won a tough battle against Romeo in the district finals, 44-33, then crushed Port Huron 78-6 for the district title.
11. Westland John Glenn — Had nice win against Walled Lake Central, which defeated Hartland in their KLAA semifinal match, to capture the league title. Glenn will likely face Hartland in Wednesday’s regionals.
12. Grandville — The Bulldogs have been the strength of the west side of the state in Division 1 in recent history, but an old nemesis, Rockford, lurks to regain that title the Rams once held not many years ago.
13. Niles — Nice win over Stevensville Lakeshore for the Division 2 district title at Edwardsburg on Wednesday.
14. St. Johns — The Redwings survived a scare against Flint Kearsley in the district semifinals before moving on with a win against Owosso in the finals.
15. Brighton — The Bulldogs have some nice young talent, but not maybe enough this year to win the team championship they won two years ago.
16. Hudson — Coach Scott Marry’s team is battle tested, and look very strong as it enters the Division 4 tournament.
17. Whitehall — As a lot of Division 3 teams on the west side of the state feel the burden of graduation, the Vikings keep putting a good product on the mat year after year.
18. Gaylord — This talented team from the north proved that with its easy 59-15 win over Petoskey for a district championship.
19. Rockford — The Rams are trying to reclaim the glory they had a decade or so ago. They have a good team this year.
20. Lake Fenton — If the team state championship was determined by individual scoring like it was 20-plus years ago, this team would have a chance. May have too many holes to compete for that Division 3 title this year.