Carson City-Crystal places third at Stanton wrestling invite

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 4:26 pm on Monday, December 17, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Dakota James, front, and Byron Center’s Josh Lee are tangled up during their 152-pound match Saturday.

STANTON — After wrestling at the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday, a pair of local wrestling teams came out near the top of the 10-team tournament.

Carson City-Crystal was the highest-finishing local team, ending up third in the tournament. Central Montcalm was fifth after beating sixth-place Belding.

The Eagles were cruising through the tournament with wins over Greenville’s B Team and Breckenridge. But then they suffered a 48-27 loss to Big Rapids.

“When we wrestled Big Rapids we had some things not go our way that we expected to,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said. “We put up 27 but we could have had a lot more if the swing matches went our way.”

That loss was the first dual-meet loss of the season for the Eagles, who finished pool play with a win over Belding, then won the third-place match over Mount Pleasant 44-33.

“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” Datema said. “We had a pretty solid performance. We started a little slow in the morning but we improved.”

Going undefeated for CC-Crystal was Ken Dittenber (119 pounds), Garner Cusack (130), Dallas O’Green (145) and the Decker boys, Dylan (145) and Darren (152). Alex Baker was 4-1 in the 112-pound division.

The Redskins opened with a loss to the Cardinals, then beat Breckenridge and Greenville’s B Team. They finished with losses to the Eagles and the Hornets.

Belding’s Michael Hunter, top, tries to do something with Greenville B Team’s Cody Wilcox during their 112-pound match Saturday.

“We had a few exciting matches,” Belding coach Travis Meyer said. “It was good to come back and wrestle well against Carson (City-Crystal). They beat us by 30 a week ago.”

Belding’s only undefated wrestler was Todd Haller, taking the mat in both 215 pounds and 285 pounds. Losing just one match were Neil McCully (189), Michael Walker (152), Brady Phelps (140), Jesse Scheidel (125) and Nate Cooley (119).

“Some of our experienced wrestlers were pushed and some of our new guys got to get some quality mat time, so it was a great weekend,” Meyer said.

Central was 3-2 on the day, losing to the Oilers and Byron Center but beating Ithaca and St. Johns’ B Team before topping the Redskins.

“My kids wrestled flat,” Central coach Dan VanderVlucht said. “It’s a different atmosphere when you wrestle at home.”

The Hornets had only one undefeated wrestler, and that was Jesse Judge (189). Cody Veltkamp (112) was 4-1 and Dakota James (152) was 3-1.

VanderVlucht had a simple explanation for what the Hornets could have done to improve their record.

“Finish moves,” he said.

All three teams are back in action Wednesday. Belding will host Comstpock Park for Parents’ Night and Youth Night, Central will host Hesperia and Reed City and the Eagles will host Breckenridge and Fulton.

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