Mustang wrestlers perfect in CMAC

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:20 pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thomas Ranney of Montabella tries to roll his opponent during a match last year.

BLANCHARD — So far so good for Montabella’s wrestling team.

The Mustangs are 16-4 this season, which includes a perfect 3-0 mark in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

Coach Shaun Balhorn is happy with the season so far.

“We’re really a young team,” he said. “So far I’m really impressed with how we’re doing on the mat. Someone different steps up every time. Team chemistry is really good, and it’s a fun season for me to coach.”

The reason Montabella has done so well this season is work ethic, noted Balhorn.

“I think they learn from their mistakes,” he said. “We have a lot of guys who are beating kids they lost to earlier in the season. They’re coming back to practice working on something they might be weak at.”

Balhorn noted a couple of freshmen who have taken on significant roles within the Mustang team.

“Zack Taubitz is having a good year,” he said of his 119-pound wrestler. “He started out the season and has been on a tear since then. He is deserving what he gets on the mat.

“Tristian Viglianco is another one. He’s come up with some good matches. He wrestled (Ken) Dittenber in Carson City (-Crystal) and he lost by six. He’s not afraid of going against someone who is good,” he added.

Balhorn’s squad can get a stranglehold on the CMAC if they can win tonight.

“We have to go down to Dansville to wrestle Dansville and Fulton and that’s for a league championship,” he said. “That’s our first goal. If we wrestle well (tonight) we’ll be in a good position to do that.”

After that the next goal will be to win the team district title in two weeks. That will be at LeRoy Pine River High School, where Mustangs and the host Bucks will be joined by Mason County Eastern and Manton.

“I think we’re on track,” Balhorn said. “I think we’re where we need to be. I think we’re peaking at the right times.”

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