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Costanzo: Postseason doesn't lack excitement

Posted Saturday, February 06, 2010 by Paul Costanzo
It's hard to believe, but the wrestling postseason is
about to get under way.

Team districts will be Wednesday and Thursday, and
the individual tournament will begin a week from
today.

It's an exciting time, as seasons can either become
great, or end abruptly. So here are some storylines
to watch as the tournaments begin.

n Richmond's run: This is obviously the biggest
story, as the Blue Devils are one of the favorites in
Division 3 this year. They've put together quite a
season so far, and done so against some of the best
competition in the state.

It's a long road ahead, but it's hard to imagine a
scenario where Richmond isn't in the finals at Battle
Creek, and most likely wrestling Dundee for the title.

n Individual quests: I think my favorite part of
wrestling season is the fact we get two postseasons.
The team tournament is amazing, and probably the
most exciting finale the Michigan High School
Athletic Association has to offer. But the individual
chase for titles also is fun to watch.

The Blue Water Area features a handful of kids with a
legitimate chance to be standing on top of the
podium at the Palace, led by Richmond's Brian H
enke. He'll be looking to improve on last year's
runner-up finish, as will his teammate, Roger
Crump.

Yale's Steve Lams has proven he's one of the top
heavyweights in Division 3, and has a chance to win
it all, while Capac's Tom Bolday and Brian Kulman
will look to improve on previous state meet
performances.

And Port Huron Northern has a handful of wrestlers
-- led by Austin Pickering and Camden Sebring --
who will look to navigate a tough road to the Palace
and come away with individual
medals.

 
n Team district to watch: Northern and Anchor Bay
will likely decide the Division 1 district in the Tars'
home gym. Anchor Bay won the first meeting
between the two, but that was a long time ago. The
Tars are definitely the favorite, but a Northern win
isn't very far fetched.

n Individual district to watch: Richmond will host an
individual district which is chock full of local teams.
Add in solid programs such as Birch Run and
Montrose, and you have a very competitive district.

That district then meets up with the Standish-
Sterling district in the regional, which should also
feature some big matchups as Swan Valley and
Bullock Creek will be in attendance.

Individual rankings

1. Brian Henke, Richmond; 2. Steve Lams, Yale; 3.
Austin Pickering, Northern; 4. Casey Martin,
Richmond; 5. Camden Sebring, Port Huron
Northern; 6. Roger Crump, Richmond; 7. Tom
Bolday, Capac; 8. Brian Kulman, Capac; 9. Justin
Russo, Richmond; 10. Preston Treend, Richmond.

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