CC-Crystal defeats Montabella wrestlers

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:47 am on Thursday, January 17, 2013

BLANCHARD — Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team continued their march toward the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title Wednesday.

The Eagles won a pair of quadrangular matches at Montabella Wednesday, beating the host Mustangs 37-31 and Bath 64-18.

Montabella got one win on the night, beating Dansville 52-26.

CC-Crystal (23-4, 5-0) needs to only beat Dansville Wednesday to win the regular-season league title.

“We wrestled really well,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said. “Everyone went out and did their job, picked each other up when we needed to and kept the bonus points to a minimum.”

The Eagles got two wins each from Taylor Barkley (103), Alex Baker (112), Kenneth Dittenber (119), Dillan Decker (145), Darren Decker (152), Dakota O’Green (189) and Brad Osterman (215).

The big match was against the Mustangs, who were ranked ninth in the state in Division 4 in the latest rankings. Carson City-Crystal is ranked eighth after not being ranked last week.

“We knew it was going to be close going in,” Datema said. “We saw some matchups we knew were going to be tight matchups. A few matches didn’t go the way we wanted to, but some kids carried us in matches we weren’t sure of.”

Montabella coach Shaun Balhorn was disappointed in the loss to the Eagles.

“It (The CC-Crystal meet) was one of the only duals where we gave up too many pins,” Balhorn said. “We didn’t get a pin when we needed it. We’ll see them (CC-Crystal) a couple more times, including in districts.”

The “bonus points” — points over and above three for winning a match — were scarce, Balhorn said.

“We didn’t get the bonus points where we needed them,” he said. “There were some matches where we needed the bonus points, we won the match but didn’t get the bonus points.”

The Mustangs (18-4, 2-1) got two wins each from Tristan Viglianco (125), Dalton Kuklewski (135), Zach Taubitz (140), Logan Burns (160), Jonny Durham (171) and Dan Davidson (285).

The Mustangs head to Mio for an individual tournament Saturday while the Eagles have an individual tournament in Ithaca that same day.

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