While Fowlerville will be looking to prove themselves once again on the mat with St. Johns after knocking the Redwings off in a dual meet earlier this year, St. Johns will begin to fine tune things for a pursuit of a fourth straight Division 2 state championship.
The Gladiators will host the CAAC Red tournament on Saturday, and there will potentially be some big-time individual matchups in store with area power St. Johns.
“Fowlerville, they’re a good team and they’re experienced,” St. Johns coach Derek Phillips said. “We look forward to them, and we’re excited to wrestle them at their place.”
Fowlerville defeated St. Johns in the only dual the two teams had this season because several of the Redwings’ top wrestlers were held out.
“We weren’t at full strength, but I’m not one to make excuses,” Phillips said.
Since then, the Redwings have knocked off Division 1 top-ranked Detroit Catholic Central in a dual at the University of Michigan and have taken on nationally-ranked powers from around the Midwest such as Montini Catholic in Illinois and St. Edward High School outside of Cleveland.
“This team is goal-oriented. A lot of us still have some team goals left to accomplish,” Phillips said. “They’re ready to get that postseason stuff started but they want to finish up the conference on a good note. Our guys hate to lose and it’s probably in the back of their head, but we have our sights on bigger goals and we’re not trying to dwell on a loss that we had in the early part of the season. We’re just trying to focus on right now and get ready for the postseason.”
Fowlerville is solid all around, but best in the heavier weight classes. Michigan signee Adam Coon is 26-0 at 285 pounds, and Brian Moran is also 26-0 at 215 pounds.
The lighter weight classes also have depth. Austin Cottongim is 24-3 at 140 pounds, Dalton Roberts is 23-7 at 103 pounds and Kyle Roberts is 19-6 at 119 pounds.
Owosso will also have some wrestlers with impressive records, including Cody Chase (25-0 at 112 pounds), Keegan Gute (19-6 at 119 pounds), Alex Smith (20-5 at 140 pounds), Tristen Nevademski (19-6 at 145 pounds), Ian Johnson (23-2 at 215 pounds) and Blake Vanstrate (18-7 at 285 pounds).