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MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals Returns To Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on February 23rd, 2022

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is looking forward to its return Feb. 25-26 to Wings Event Center for the Team Wrestling Finals – and excited for the highly-anticipated return of its traditional format after COVID-19 led to many adjustments a year ago.

 

This will be the fifth year of Team Wrestling Finals at Wings, and the atmosphere is expected to be charged up again with the return of all matches to the Arena and all four titles to be contended side by side on a raised center stage that Saturday afternoon.

 

Wrestling has one of the longest championship traditions in Michigan high school sports history. This season’s Finals will build on a run that saw the sport award its first MHSAA Finals champions in 1948.

 

 

 

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Contenders come from all over

 

Teams and their fans will converge on Kalamazoo from all over our state for this event. And there’s something special about the variety of schools represented over the weekend.

 

Last season’s field included the state’s seventh-biggest school – Rockford with nearly 2,500 students – and also some of the smallest, down to Bark River-Harris with about 220.

 

Total, 22 counties sent at least one team to last year’s Quarterfinals – with Genesee County leading the way with three representatives.

 

 

 

 

32 … to 16 … to 8 … to 4

 

Over the course of roughly 30 hours, 32 wrestling teams from all over Michigan will be whittled to four champions. Wrestling is the only head-to-head MHSAA sport featuring a format with Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals all contended on back-to-back days at one location.

 

The tournament is split into four divisions based on school enrollment (the largest schools compete in Division 1, the next-largest in Division 2, etc.). The Arena floor is set up with four wrestling mats in a line, adjacent to each other. At noon Feb. 25, eight Division 4 teams will wrestle Quarterfinal matches simultaneously on those four mats, followed by Division 1 teams at 2:15 p.m., Division 3 at 4:30 and Division 2 at 6:45. The next morning, on Feb. 26, four Semifinals will be wrestled simultaneously at 9:30 and then noon, setting up the grand finale – all four championship matches getting underway together at 3:45 that afternoon.

 

 

 

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Perennial Powers Rise

 

For the second year in a row in 2021, we saw a multiple-season championship streak come to an end as Davison earned its first Division 1 title since 2006 and after finishing runner-up five of the previous eight seasons.

 

Lowell continues to make Wings a championship destination for its supporters, as the Red Arrows ran their MHSAA-record championship streak to eight last season.

 

Dundee has won four straight Division 3 titles, and we’re guaranteed a new champion in Division 4 – Clinton, after winning Division 4 the last two years, is wrestling in Division 3 this winter.

 

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For more information on the 2022 MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals, click here.