original photo courtesy of Detroit Central Catholic wrestling
Welcome to our new feature, “Hidden Gems”! With the country going through an unprecedented time and most national-level high school wrestling events canceled or postponed for the foreseeable future, it is difficult to be a rising senior. Typically, the spring and summer are places where overlooked wrestlers breakout and become household names heading into their senior seasons. This year, no such luck. At TOM’s we’ve tried to help out and shine the spotlight on some of those wrestlers that are currently unknown to many fans and college coaches. That’s where “Hidden Gems” comes in.
Each edition will focus on one particular state. We will highlight ten wrestlers that are not currently in the list of the top-150 wrestlers in the Class of 2021. Why, you ask? Most of the wrestlers in the top 150 are “out there”. Coaches/fans/observers know their names and are on the lookout for them. After those 150, there are plenty of hidden gems, wrestlers that could be successful on the next level.
Today we’re focusing on Michigan. Michigan has traditionally produced excellent wrestlers at the next level; however, some of their high schoolers can get overlooked due to the state’s travel restrictions. Despite their relative proximity, their wrestlers cannot travel to events like the Powerade or the Ironman. So, for the most part, Michigan wrestlers have to stand out a pre/postseason tournaments to stand out from the pack. Michigan is divided into four classes and holds its state tournament at the home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field. We have combed through these four classes to find Michigan’s “Hidden Gems”.
These are the Michigan wrestlers in the top-150; therefore, they will not be featured below/
#3 Alex Facundo (Davison) and #53 Stoney Buell (Dundee)
Michigan’s Hidden Gems
Cody Brenner - Huron (New Boston) - D2
2019-20 Weight: 171
Projected Weight: 184
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