The inaugural Grappler Gold Invitational is set to take place on Saturday at the Lansing (Mich.) Center as part of a weekend NUWAY/Border Wars event for all ages. Brighton, which is ranked No. 18 nationally, is serving as the organizing school/host of the high school tournament.
The 17 school field is very robust for it being a one-day event and having to follow the travel rules of the state of Michigan. Obviously the nationally ranked Bulldogs anchor the event, with No. 24 Davison being other nationally ranked teams. Perennial Michigan state champion Dundee is also in the field, as are a pair of very strong teams from in Indiana in Brownsburg and Evansville Mater Dei.
Below is a listing of the more notable wrestlers in the event, listed weight-by-weight, wrestlers are from Michigan unless noted. It should be noted that NFHS weights are being used in this event, thought it is being contested in Michigan.
106: No. 14 Casey Swiderski (Dundee), Quaylon Newton (Brighton), Alec Freeman (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Logan Miller (Brownsburg, Ind.)
113: A.J. Baxter (Clinton), Austin Fietz (Dundee), Pacey Nasdusak (Mason, Ohio), Joe Haynes (Waren Woods Tower), Mason Shrader (Brighton), Cole Ross (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Kamariyon Nelson (Bronwsubrg, Ind.), Cole Dunn (L'Anse Creuse)
120: Blake Boarman (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Kysen Montgomery (Bronwsburg, Ind.), Sam Freeman (Brighton), Steven Garty (Davison), Jack Haskin (Toledo Whitmer), Dominic DiTullio (Mason, Ohio), Joseph Blaze (Clinton)
126: Andrew Chambal (Davison), Tyler Swiderski (Dundee), Ben Manly (Brighton) Evan Lawhead (Brownsburg, Ind.), Kane Egli (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Kaleob Whitford (St. Johns), David Stepanian (Warren Woods Tower)
132: Drake Campbell (Bronwsburg, Ind.), Noah Comar (Clinton), Jonathan White (Dundee), Clay Egli (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Chaise Mayer (Warren Woods Tower), Zach Johnson (Brighton), Raymond Cole (Davison)
138: Drew Kreitzer (Bronwsburg, Ind.), Eddie Homrock (Brighton), James Johnston (Davison), Christian Killion (Dundee), Sam Glassco (Mason, Ohio), Blaine Mayer (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.)
145: No. 7 James Whitaker (St. Johns), No. 14 Chris Donathan (Mason, Ohio), Matt Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Stoney Buell (Dundee), Rhett Newton (Brighton), Matthew Grant (Onaway), Jake Billette (Clarkston), Griffin Ison (Brownsburg, Ind.)
152: No. 17 Caden Fish (Eaton Rapids), Brian Case (Davison), Victor Grabowski (Brighton), Eli Dickens (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.), Grant Ott (Dundee)
160: No. 1 Alex Facundo (Davison), Dane Donabedian (Brighton), McAllister McAvoy (Dundee), Peyton Asbury (Brownsburg, Ind.), Gabe Sollars (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.)
170: No. 19 River Shettler (Brighton), Kamal Adewumi (Mason, Ohio), Jay Nivison (Davison), Brayden Randolph (Clinton), Jaxon Guinn (Dundee), McCartney Parkinson (Evansville Mater Dei, Ind.)
182: Cal Stefanko (Davison), Jon Clack (Lakewood), Toby Amburgy (Mason, Ohio)
195: Greyson Stevens (Brighton)
220: Joel Radavansky (Warren Woods Tower), Luke Stanton (Brighton), Trevor McGowan (Davison), Lawson Aiken (Brownsburg, Ind.)
285: Aaron Gilmore (Davison), Brogan Reed (Mason, Ohio)