Wrestling Rankings: Detroit CC remains at the top, Davison moves to No. 2
As the season marches forward, jockeying will take place for positions to move up and down in the State Champs Sports Network Wrestling Top 20.
Teams move, not only up and down the ranks, but also in and out of the top 20 for a number of reasons, i.e., upsets, injuries and illnesses.
That is the grind of a wrestling season.
Here is our latest edition.
1. Detroit Catholic Central — Ranked No. 1 in the preseason, the Shamrocks have done nothing to change that. C.C. just had a great showing at the tournament it hosted, and won, this past weekend.
2. Davison — Coach Roy Hall’s team moves up three spots thanks to some solid performances in recent tournaments, like runner-up at Detroit Catholic Central.
3. Lowell — The three-time defending Division 2 champs host a tournament later this month that will have Davison, Hartland, Grandville and DeWitt attending. That will be one the Michigan High School Athletic Association will be looking at when seeding the team state finals.
4. Hartland — The reigning Division 1 champs have battled some injuries, but look for coach Todd Cheney’s team to get right when the time comes.
5. Dundee — With outstanding athletes like Brandon Whitman and Sean Sterling leading the Vikings, there is no reason not to think another state title is in the making for this Division 3 powerhouse.
6. Richmond — Coach Brandon Day’s team makes the biggest jump in these rankings, moving up seven spots. The Blue Devils have a heck of a program going in northern Macomb County.
7. Warren Woods Tower — Stacked with talent, this team is dancing with some tradition-rich powers this high in the team rankings. The Titans were third at the C.C. invitational.
8. Remus Chippewa Hills — This could be the sleeper team in Division 3 that finally wins a state title. Dundee and Richmond have won the last seven.
9. Macomb Dakota – The Cougars showed they belong here with a hard-fought match to Detroit Catholic Central earlier this season.
10. DeWitt – The Panthers can really make some noise with some wins at the Lowell tournament later this month.
11. St. Johns — The Redwings still have good wrestlers, but nowhere near the talent they had four years ago,
12. Oxford – Here’s another Division 1 power in these rankings.
13. Grandville — Coach Bubba Gritter’s team get a shot of brute force with the transfer of Byron Center’s Ryan Vasbinder.
14. Westland John Glenn — Just too many good Division 1 teams to make run at the finals at Central Michigan University. This is another one of those teams that wished they could compete in a lower division.
15. Brighton — A state champion just two short years ago, the Bulldogs could make some noise with a revamped lineup after the semester.
16. Hudson — Coach Scott Marry never dodges competition, as evident with his team competing at Detroit C.C. this past weekend. But that always pays dividends when the state tournament comes around.
17. Lake Fenton — With heavyweight Trent Hillger and 130-pounder Jarrett Trombley, both returning two-time state champions, this team knows how to get bonus points.
18. Gaylord — This is a solid Division 2 team that makes that division deep with the likes of Lowell, DeWitt, St. Johns and our next team.
19. Stevensville Lakeshore — Like Lake Fenton and Gaylord, teams not ranked in the preseason Top 20, Lakeshore has muscled its way into the discussion.
20. New Lothrop — The reigning Division 4 champs drop from 14, but it’s not because of lack of strength in the lineup, just because the field of wrestling teams in the state this year is that solid.