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DCC Super Duals Preview

By MI Grappler, 01/13/17, 10:15AM EST


Top MI teams get shot at St. Eds

The DCC Super Duals are traditionally a showcase of Michigan's top teams and a couple national powerhouses from out-of-state.  This year will be highlighted by DCC and Davison, arguably Michigan's top two squads this year, getting a shot at #3 nationally ranked powerhouse Lakewood St. Edward High School out of the Cleveland, Ohio area.  

Oak Park River Forest (IL) dropped late, however, the St. Eds matchups along with some interesting cross-divisional matchups from the in-state schools still make this one of the best dual events to watch this year.

Read the bottom of this article for a full schedule and list of teams, and continue reading for a preview of what to watch for Saturday.

DCC vs St. Edwards

The marquee match of the day will definitely be Detroit Catholic Central and St Edwards.  DCC is ranked top 20 nationally and St Eds is #3 in the country.  Both teams are loaded with top shelf talent and should provide for an entertaining dual from start to finish.

DCC is headlined by 5 returning state champs in Ben Kamali (113/120), Kevon Davenport (132), Cameron Amine (145), Tyler Morland (170/182), and Nick Jenkins (285).  They also have state placers Jack Ross (220) and Stone Moscovic (126) plus Rhett Newton (113) and Devon Johnson (106) who have been off to great starts this year and are ranked top 2 in the state.  

St. Eds is headlined by nationally ranked State Champs Bryce Andonian (120) and Allan Hart (132) along with nationally ranked state placers Matt Kazimir (126) and Jared Campbell (220).  State placers Sam Dover (138) and Tyler Stepic (182) are also hammers to watch, and their whole lineup is rock solid throughout.

Matches to watch:
120 - Ben Kamali (DCC) vs Bryce Andonian (EDS)
Both returning state champs, both ranked nationally, if Kamali doesnt drop to 113 this is possibly the match of the day!

132 - Kevon Davenport (DCC) vs Allan Hart (EDS)
Hart is a senior comitted to Missouri ranked #10 in the country and Davenport is one of the top underclassmen in the country coming off a great off-season who will definitely come after Hart and should make for an entertaining match.

182 - Tyler Morland (DCC) vs Tyler Stepcic (EDS)
If DCC bumps Morland here it will be a good matchup with returning state placer Stepcic.  Morland is a Fargo all-american committed to Northwestern.

Davison vs St Edwards

DCC seems more seasoned to give Eds a run, however, Davison has hammers throughout who can create some good matchups and make this dual entertaining.

Davison is highlighted by returning State Champ Brenden McRill (195) and 2015 champ AJ Facundo (126), as well as state placer Brian Case (145).  Andrew Chambal (106) is a stud freshman who placed in Fargo in both styles last summer.  Numerous other promising young guys like Steven Garty (113), Jaron Wilson (120), Marc Schaeffer (126), Cal Stefanko (152), Trevor McGowan (170), and Aaron Gilmore (220) will compete against Eds, but the Cards may be a year away from having a legit shot at knocking off the the Ohio powerhouse.

Matches to Watch
126 - AJ Facundo (Davison) vs Matt Kazimir (Eds)
Kazimir is ranked #14 in the country, Facundo was a state champ as a freshman two years ago. Facundo has been up and down this year, but has the tools to compete and make this match interesting.  

195 - Brenden Mcrill (Davison) vs Cody Howard (EDS)
McRill is headed to West Virginia next year and is one of the most athletic big men in the country, but Howards is coming off a breakout Ironman performance and this should be a great match.

Team Outlooks

Here is an outlook of what to watch for from the other teams competing at the Super Duals.

The perennial powerhouse Vikings are the returning D3 state champs in Michigan and currently ranked #1 in their division.  They are headlined by nationally ranked 2x State Champ Brandon Whitman (195) who is on pace to being a rare 4x state champ with all titles at 171 and up.  They also boast State Champ Sean Sterling (160) and state placers Tyler Orrison and Alex Motylinsk (152).  Lookout for a lights out 1st round matchup with Whitman vs either Howard (St Eds) or, if Dundee bumps Whitman a matchup of top 10 nationally ranked guys with him and Jared Campbell at 220.

After 3 years of falling short, the former 5x D4 State Champs are #1 in D4 right now and appear to be back in the drivers seat to win another state title this year.  The Tigers are headlined by returning state champ and Cadet Greco National Champ Jordan Hamdan at 120lbs.  They also feature #2 in the state ranked Tucker Scholl (113), Carson Price (126) and Tyler Grames (182/195).  Look out for some big matchups with Hamdan potentially seeing Kamali (DCC) and Ohio State Champ Andonian (Eds) throughout the day.

The Redwings are not as known on the national scene as a couple years ago, however, they still have some absolute hammers in their lineup and are ranked #3 in Division 2 right now.  Returning state runner-up Trent Lashuay (138) is currently ranked #2 and state placer Brett Fedewa (160) is the #1 guy in the state.  Kaleob Whitford (126) and James Whitaker (132) are talented sophomores ranked #2 in their weight class and Brenden Zelenka (113) and Emilio Sanchez (120) are also state ranked guys who provide punch to this lineup.   Some big individual matchups to watch include Fedewa vs Sterling (Dundee) in what would be top ranked D3 and D4 guys going at it, Whitaker vs Davenport (DCC) in a battle of top ranked sophomores, and Whitford vs Price (Hudson) in a battle of current #2 ranked guys in their divisions.

The 2015 State Champs are the lowest ranked team in the field, coming in at #7 in Division 1, but should get tested with the top 2 D1 teams and tough cross-divisional matches with St Johns and Dundee.  The Bulldogs are highlighted by state ranked Lee Grabowski (138), Logan Kehres (106) and Ben Manly (106).  Look for some state ranked matchups with Grabowski vs Lashuay (St Johns) & Urso (DCC), as well as Kehres/Manly vs Johnsen (DCC) & Chambal (Davison).

St. Edwards (OH) - #3 Nationally 
Detroit Catholic Central - #18 Nationally, #1 D1
Davison - #2 D1
Dundee - #1 D3
Hudson - #1 D4
St. Johns - #3 D2
Brighton - #7 D1

Brighton vs St. Johns
DCC vs Hudson
Dundee vs St. Eds

Brighton vs Davison
DCC vs St. Johns
Hudson vs St. Eds

Brighton vs Dundee
Davison vs St. Eds
St. Johns vs Hudson

DCC vs St. Eds
Hudson vs Davison
St. Johns vs Dundee

Brighton vs DCC
Davison vs Dundee


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