Final State Wrestling Rankings - Lowell earns top spot after St. Johns is upset; Brighton the top D1 teamWrestling  |
Grand Rapids – The participants have stamped their ticket, the field for this year's Team Wrestling Finals at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek is set after Wednesday's team regionals across the state.
And the results of those team regionals have caused some changes in the State Champs Power 15 rankings, including a huge upset involving the top team.
Eaton Rapids, a tradition-rich program that has been off the radar in recent times, knocked of top-ranked St. Johns in Division 2 action, raising eyebrows across the state.
So this week a former State Champs top-ranked team reclaims the top spot.
- Lowell – The Red Arrows made easy work of the Division 2 regional at Middleville High School, whipping Zeeland West in the semifinals, then topping Byron Center in the finals. The D2 defending champs appear to have a clear path to defending their title, but anything can happen. Look at St. Johns.
- Brighton – The Bulldogs look to be the top seed at the state finals in Division 1. Coach Tony Greathouse's team has wrestled strong all year, and did again Wednesday night pounding Portage Northern and Holt to win the regional title at Holt High School.
- Hartland – Many of Hartland's adoring fans were a little nervous with a potential matchup against Walled Lake Central at regionals, but coach Todd Cheney's team came to wrestle, and beat Central in the finals, 34-25, to advance past the regionals for the 14th consecutive time.
- New Baltimore Anchor Bay – The Tars can be a factor in the Division 1 finals this year, and will most likely be the No. 2 seed thanks to a win over Hartland during the first week of the season.
- Detroit Catholic Central – Coach Mitch Hancock has the Division 1 defending champs wrestling well again. The Shamrocks were totally dominant at the team regional at Westland John Glenn.
- Davison – An interesting scenario can play out Feb. 27 in a Division 1 quarterfinal in Battle Creek. It is possible Davison and Detroit Catholic Central, state finalist the past two years, will meet in a No. 4 versus No. 5 seed match. That match would be worth the price of admission for Friday by itself.
- St. Johns – A six-spot drop for the Redwings after dropping a 34-27 decision to Eaton Rapids. St. Johns still stays in the top 10 after a solid season, but Kellogg Arena will not be the same without the Redwings' faithful in attendance.
- Dundee – The Vikings outscored their opponents 133-9 at the team regional they hosted Wednesday. Dundee, the defending Division 3 champs, will be hard to beat in Battle Creek.
- Richmond – If a team can beat the Vikings, it just might be Richmond. The Blue Devils hosted their own r