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Blue Devils get No. 2 seed

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by Macomb Daily Sports Editor
Tars, Bulldogs face top Division 1 seeds

Richmond's resume got rave reviews.

The Blue Devils, who took on several difficult challenges during the regular season, were rewarded Sunday when a panel assembled by the Michigan High School Athletic Association gave Richmond the No. 2 seed for the state quarterfinal wrestling matches that will be Friday at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

The Blue Devils, 45-4, making their 11th quarterfinals trip in the last 19 seasons, take on Roscommon at 1 p.m.

Dundee, 36-1, which split two matches with Richmond, is the top seed and will face Remus Chippewa Hills.

"We anticipated being the second seed," Richmond co-coach George Hamblin said. "We worked all year to get a top-four seed. We wrestled the very best schedule we could.

"The kids are excited. At this point, it doesn't matter who you're wrestling against."

Also this season, Richmond:

Split two matches with Lowell when the Red Arrows were ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 1.

Defeated Macomb County champion Anchor Bay and Romeo, which both reached the Division 1 quarterfinals.

Split two matches with Oxford, seeded No. 4 in Division 1.

Handed Allegan (37-1), the No. 4 seed in Division 2, its only loss.

Defeated Saginaw Swan Valley and Allendale, seeded third and fourth, respectively, in Division 3.

Lost to St. Johns, the No. 1 seed in Division 2.

Richmond has a history with Roscommon at the state finals.

The Blue Devils beat the Bucks in the 2000 semifinals on the way to the first of Richmond's three state championships.

Richmond also defeated Roscommon in the 2006 championship match.

The 12-member MHSAA committee of coaches and athletic directors seeded four of the eight quarterfinalists in Divisions 1-4.

Romeo and Anchor Bay were not seeded.

In Division 1, the first through fourth seeds were Detroit Catholic Central, Hartland, Rockford and Oxford, respectively.

Anchor Bay wrestles Detroit Catholic Central and Romeo takes on Hartland at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

In Division 2, St. Johns was seeded No. 1 followed by Allegan, Stevensville Lake Shore and Greenville.

Hudson was seeded first in Division 4, followed by Hesperia, Addison and New Lothrop.

This is the second year the MHSAA has used a seeding format. It's the 23rd year for the team championship format.

Jim Morisette, the Anchor Bay coach, called the Tars' match-up with Detroit Catholic Central "truly a David and Goliath situation."

"They got all 14 wrestlers through to the state (individual) finals," Morisette said of the Shamrocks. "They have a good coach, a good program. They can recruit; they should be the best team in the state.

"I'm sure my boys won't lay down."

Anchor Bay lost 10 seniors from the 2009 team that went to Battle Creek.

"We're back-to-back county champs, back-to-back MAC (Red Division) champs," Morisette said. "How did we make it out of regionals in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year?

"I've been a head coach for 24 years and this is the most enjoyable season I've ever had. I haven't had any problems, no drama.

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