The MHSAA has released the draws for the Team and Individual paths to state championships and some interesting changes have jumped off the page. The Team State Finals will be at Central Michigan this year and is really a can't miss event. It is truly one of the best wrestling events of the year and I feel bad for states that do not have the same passion/organization for their Team State titles decided by duals.
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On to the thoughts for West Michigan.....
- The West Michigan fight for the D1 ticket should be interesting again. Grand Haven was able to win the spot last year. This year, they will face a wide array of challengers to make this Regional very interesting and competitive. Look for Caledonia, Forest Hills Central, Hudsonville, Grandville, and Rockford to all have a chance to challenge.
- My alma mater, Comstock Park, made the trip to Team State last season but this year their road will feature national powerhouse Lowell in D2. The other Grand Rapids area D2 regional becomes a bit chaotic. While it's obviously nice to not have Lowell there, the region will have no shortage of teams. Allegan & Allendale are bumped up to D2 from D3 which is not uncommon for Allegan but it for Allendale. Despite being borderline enrollment schools they will be the favorites with Middleville, Hastings, and Hamilton challenging.
- The D3 regionals in West Michigan are always interesting but how good will GR Catholic Central be after the graduation of Nate Limmex and Grant Tennihill? They return two state champions with Schroeder & Karmon, but filling the other 12 weights will be where the duals will be decided. Shelby and Whitehall should be able to put up a big challenge here and watch out for the quickly improving (well resurrecting really) program of Tri-County.
- The D4 regional at Hesperia will not have a team that made it last year. However, Hesperia, Carson City-Crystal, Holton, Kent City, and Mason County Central have all made recent trips. St Louis and Hart have also improved over the last couple years to make for a really interesting regional.