CC-Crystal gets 6 seed, Greenville No. 7, Belding No. 8 for team wrestling finals


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:59 am on Monday, February 18, 2013

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced the seedings for the team wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday, and none of the three local teams still involved were given a high seed.

The highest seed went to the Carson City-Crystal Eagles, who will be a six-seed against the New Lothrup Hornets in the Division 4 tournament.

“I was hoping for a five-seed to match up with Bronson,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said. “We thought it would be a good matchup.”

Instead the Eagles get the Hornets, who CC-Crystal has seen before, Datema noted.

“We’ve seen New Lothrup, we know their lineup and we hope to make a run at them,” he said.

Datema has confidence in his team, he noted.

“The kids we have are grinders and workers,” he said. “Bonus points are going to play a big part in this.”

If the Eagles win, they will get a possible matchup with Hesperia, who has been a thorn in CC-Crystal’s side in the playoffs for years. But Datema isn’t going to allow the Eagles to look ahead.
“We’re going to take it one match at a time,” he said. “We’re going to plan on New Lothrup. We know their lineup. We’ve seen both teams and we know what they got. We know where we have to go with our kids to create the matchups we want.

We have a tough group of kids and they know what we want them to do on Friday.”

The Greenville Yellow Jackets will enter the Division 2 tournament as the seven-seed, getting former O-K White Conference foe Lowell in the quarterfinals.

And in Division 3, Belding took the lowest seed, getting the eight-seed and top-seed Dundee.

Carson City-Crystal was Division 4 state runner-ups in 2000 and 2001.

This is Belding’s first trip the state wrestling team finals since 1988.

This is the fourth consecutive trip for the Yellow Jackets to Battle Creek. Greenville lost to Tecumseh 30-29 in the quarterfinals a year ago. They won the Division 2 state title in 2008 over Eaton Rapids.

Quarterfinals

Division 1 — 3:15 p.m.
Mat 1 — No. 1 Detroit CC (22-3) vs. No. 8 Grandville (22-7)
Mat 2 —  No. 4 Temperance Bedford (26-2) vs. No. 5 Rochester (23-11)
Mat 3 —  No. 3 Hartland (32-1) vs. No. 6 Macomb Dakota (37-4)
Mat 4 — No. 2 Davison (12-4) vs. No. 7 Holt (15-10)

Division 2 — 7:45 p.m.
Mat 1 — No. 1 St. Johns (19-4) vs. No. 8 Mason (30-8)
Mat 2 — No. 4 Warren Lincoln (30-4)  vs. No. 5 Allegan (30-5)
Mat 3 — No. 3 Niles (33-1) vs. No. 6 Tecumseh (30-12)
Mat 4 — No. 2 Lowell (17-6) vs. No. 7 Greenville (28-4)

Division 3 — 1 p.m.
Mat 1 — No. 1 Dundee (20-2) vs. No. 8 Belding (17-8)
Mat 2 — No. 4 Birch Run (27-3) vs. No. 5 Chippewa Hills (26-4)
Mat 3 — No. 3 Whitehall (25-0) vs. No. 6 Parchment (32-1)
Mat 4 — No. 2 Richmond (24-4) vs. No. 7 Gladstone (12-0)

Division 4 — 5:30 p.m.
Mat 1 — No. 1 Hudson (27-6) vs. No. 8 Norway (21-2)
Mat 2 — No. 4 Bronson (21-0) vs. No. 5 Sand Creek (26-8)
Mat 3 — No. 3 New Lothrop (31-4) vs. No. 6 CC-C (26-6)
Mat 4 — No. 2 Hesperia (33-2) vs. No. 7 Kent City (35-4)

Note: Quarterfinals take place Friday, while the semifinals and finals take place Saturday. All matches take place at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Tickets are available at the Kellogg Arena Box Office or online at ticketleap.com.

Ticket prices
Quarterfinals — $6
Semifinals — $6
Finals — $7
All sessions: $15

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