DANSVILLE — Needing only one win to clinch a Central Michigan Athletic Conference title, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles had it easy.
The Eagles were the beneficiary of eight forfeits by Dansville to win their dual meet 55-15 Wednesday night.
This was the Eagles’ first conference title since 2006 in the Central State Activities Association.
“It was nice to have one (title) to be able to hang a banner back in your gym,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said.
Early on the Eagles had trouble. The Aggies won the first three matches of the meet, as Taylor Barker, Ken Dittenber and Alex Baker all lost close matches.
“They’re good,” Datema said of Dansville. “Where they have kids they were good.”
But once Dallas O’Green won his 125-pound match, the voids came in bunches for a quick win. Dansville voided eight of the last 10 matches. Brad Austerman was the only other contested win for the Eagles, winning the 285-pound match.
“We knew they had a bunch of holes in their lineup,” Datema said. “I knew we could make a bunch of points in forfeits.”
Datema was glad to see his team win the CMAC title
“It feels good,” Datema said. “We’re thrilled to be able to compete back at the level that we’ve been striving for, get to a higher level of competition where we can win a district title.”
Next up for CC-Crystal is a triangular meet at Lowell Friday. They will face the host Red Arrows and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. Saturday they will head to Leslie for a tournament.
“The Lowell meet and Leslie tournament are both good tournaments,” Datema said. “Those are going to be good tests to see how our kids hold up in wrestling tournaments. Then the next week we go hard and work on our conditioning and push people, outlast them and wear them down.”