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The Best of Michigan (2000-19)

photo courtesy of Richard Immel

Last year at about this time, we introduced the All-2000’s team’s for a particular school. Those articles tended to be very popular amongst fans and generated plenty of talking points. This time around we’re doing something similar, but instead of focusing solely on one school, we’re looking at one state and the wrestlers it has produced. The Best of….

So we’re going weight-by-weight with the top wrestler in each weight class from a particular state. The caveat is that they must have competed within the last 20 years (2000-19). Even if only one season of their career is within this span, they can be under consideration. Each wrestler must have competed in at least one postseason at their weight class (even if it wasn’t the weight they are most known for). Also, we’re using hometown’s provided by their respective school’s websites. 

We’re starting off this exercise by looking at Team Michigan. Though Michigan doesn’t traditionally carry the same cache as states like Pennsylvania, California or Ohio, it has produced some top-line talent over the last 20 years. While Michigan may lack the depth of the states we just mentioned, I’d put their first team against almost any others out there. What’s pretty amazing is that three of our first-team selections were high school teammates (and not brothers, either). 

Just counting wrestlers on the first-team, Michigan can boast seven NCAA titles, 14 NCAA finals appearances, and 33 All-American honors. 

So, introducing The Best of Michigan

125 - Paul Donahoe: Davison  (Nebraska/Edinboro) 2009

Second Team:  AJ Grant: Clarkston (Michigan)  2003

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