Mr. Wrestling Contest 2017!

Mr. Wrestling Contest 2017!

Thanks for voting in the 2017 Mr. Wrestling Contest and for supporting Michigan High School Athletics!


Are you ready for 2017 High School WRESTLING??  Voting for the 2017 Mr. Wrestling contest is ON!!  
To vote, please select the candidate below that you believe is having the best year in Michigan High School Wrestling, enter your email, and cast your vote!! 
A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to cast your vote - please note that your vote will not be counted until you click the link emailed to you! 
By voting in the Mr. Wrestling contest and supplying your email, you agree to allow State Champs! Network and its affiliates to update you via email about news, sports events and special offers. 

This is the key Wrestling contest that allows the Michigan fans to weigh in!  However, winning the popular vote does not make a particular wrestler the winner, although it helps considerably. The winner of the online vote is automatically entered into the Final Four, and their chances of winning is increased by 20%.
The criteria that will be used to select the 2017 Michigan High School Wrestler of the Year champion will be:
35% -  Performance Throughout Season
20% -  Level of Competition
20% -  Online Vote
20% -  Big Match Performance
5% -   Highly Recruited Athlete

Throughout the season, we will be updating player performance and adding new candidates into the contest as their actual performance merits, with a goal of keeping the ten best Wrestlers on the board. Towards the end of the contest, we will close online voting and select our final four candidates. The final award selection and presentation will take place in March!

Please also take note of our NEXT 5 Wrestlers Watch list HERE - to see those players who are having a great season and who have a chance to work their way into the contest based on performance!  

Who do YOU think is having the best season in Michigan High School Wrestling?


Ben Freeman

Ben Freeman

Senior - 140-pounder  | Walled Lake Central

Freeman can become the 22nd wrestler in state history to win four state championships later this year at The Palace of Auburn Hills. This technical wizard is already committed to wrestle at Michigan.

Brandon Whitman

Brandon Whitman

Junior - 215-pounder  | Dundee

This highly decorated youth wrestler has carried his talents over to the high school level, winning his second straight title last year. He moved up a weight class this year.

Dom LaJoie

Dom LaJoie

Senior - 125-pounder  | Gaylord

It will be interesting to see how LaJoie bounces back after losing in the finals last year following two state titles during his freshman and sophomore years. He will wrestle at Cornell next season. 

Drew Marten

Drew Marten

Tecumseh  | Senior -130 pounds

Scored a great win last year in the finals when he beat Lowell's Lucas Hall to win his first state championship. Marten will wrestle for coach Tom Borelli and Central Michigan next year. 

Jarrett Trombley

Jarrett Trombley

Junior - 130-pounder  | Lake Fenton

The second Lake Fenton wrestler already on this list, this rugged lightweight won his second consecutive state title last year, stopping Grand Rapids Catholic Central's Devin Schroder bid to be a four-time state champ in an epic finals match.

Jelani Embree

Jelani Embree

Senior - 189-pounder  | Warren Lincoln

Arguably the most athletic wrestler to hit the mats in Michigan in years. He won his first state title last year and is a strong contender to go back-to-back this season. He will wrestle at Michigan next year. 

Jordan Hamdan

Jordan Hamdan

Hudson  | Sophmore -119 pounds

All you have to do to see if Hamdan belongs on this list, is to see his title at the Detroit Catholic Central Invitational earlier this year. He made his way through a field that was loaded with all state wrestlers, and older ones at that, to win the title. Hamdan won the 112-pound title in Division 4 last year. 

Reece Hughes

Reece Hughes

Hartland  | Senior - 145 pounds

What this returning state champion  did at the Kensington Lakes Activities Association's individual finals last week was epic. He won the 145-pound title with four first-period pins, including a pin of returning runner-up John Siemasz of Westland John Glenn, who is committed to Lake Erie College. Hughes is on his way to Ann Arbor next year to wrestle for Michigan. 

Trent Hillger

Trent Hillger

Senior - Heavyweight  | Lake Fenton

This powerful heavyweight also doubles as a quarterback for the football team. Hillger, who will be wrestling for Wisconsin next year, wrestles like a lighter weight wrestler in a weight class built on brute force.  

Tyler Morland

Tyler Morland

Senior - 171-pounder  | Detroit Catholic Central

One of five Shamrocks to win a state title last year, in a weekend to remember for coach Mitch Hancock's team at the individual finals. He committed to wrestle for Northwestern next year.