BATTLE CREEK — Carson City-Crystal put up an honorable fight, but in the end New Lothrop just had too much.
New Lothrop (32-4) started quick, battled through some defeats and finished strong in a 45-18 win over the Eagles in the Division 4 team wrestling quarterfinals on Friday at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
“For the most part, I thought we wrestled well. We kept bonus points down, which is important,” Eagles coach Kacy Datema said. “I don’t think the score is indicative of the way we wrestled.”
The Hornets started the match with two state-ranked wrestlers and got pins at both 189 pounds and 215 for a quick 12-0 advantage.
Carson City-Crystal weathered the early storm and came back to win three of the next four matches.
Austin Hopkins earned a decision at 285, Kenneth Dittenber (112) earned a technical fall and Dallas O’Green (119) took a major decision to pull within 18-12 after six matches.
“We were hoping to steal some weights up there. We were hoping for a win at 215 with (Brad) Osterman, but got one at heavyweight with (Austin) Hopkins,” Datema said. “We weren’t expecting at loss at 103, but he (Taylor Barker) is a freshman. He is a tough kid, state qualifier, but I didn’t expect the loss.”
The two teams traded wins at 125 and 130, but New Lothrop outmuscled the Eagles with a technical fall to a decision for a 23-15 lead.
Carson City then ran into a buzzsaw of ranked Hornets. New Lothrop reeled off six consecutive wins to close out the match with the win.
New Lothrop got the better of two match-ups between state-ranked opponents at 145 and 152. Dillen Decker (145) and Darren Decker (152) both fell in tight decision matches.
“Our horses (the Decker brothers) got beat in the middle, but either of those matches could have gone any way,” Datema said. “Unfortunately, they went the other way.”
With the Hornets stacked their middle lineup, the Eagles were pretty much stuck in what they could do with their’s
“We knew in the middle they were loaded,” Datema said. “They kind of boxed us in. We couldn’t go up or down. We had to face their good wrestlers.”
It was the first trip to the state finals for Carson City since 2003. With a young team, the Eagles could be back again next year. Datema hopes this was a learning experience for his team.
“Hopefully, they learned something to change their experience level for next year,” Datema said. “It’s a good thing for them and we faced a tough team.”
Carson City finished the season 26-7. The Eagles return plenty of starters from this year’s team.
Datema said it was a good year.
“We had a good season with a bunch of good kids,” Datema said. “We took 10 to regionals and qualified seven for state. And we are a young team.”
New Lothrop will face Hesperia in the state semifinals at 11:45 a.m. today. The state finals are at 4 p.m. today for all divisions.
SCORING PER MATCH
New Lothrop 45, CC-Crystal 18
189: Cody Symons (N) fall Dakota O’Green (C), 4:22
215: Owen Wilson (N) fall Brad Osterman (C), 3:49
285: Austin Hopkins (C) dec. Dalton DeSander(N), 13-6
103: David Malloy (N) fall Taylor Barkley (C), 1:27
112: Ken Dittenber (C) tech fall Cole Hersch (N), 21-6
119: Dallas O’Green (C) maj. dec. Johnny Robinson (N), 22-13
125: Gabe Bennett (N) tech fall Alex Baker (C), 15-0
130: Garner Cusack (C) dec. Trevor Copes (N), 4-1
135: Dalton Birchmeier (N) maj. dec. Kevin Rogers (C), 9-1
140: Jacob Perrin (N) fall Shane Wiggins (C), :32
145: Josh Wendling (N) dec. Dillen Decker (C), 5-3
152: Aaron Bauman (N) dec. Darren Decker (C), 8-4
160: Taylor Krupp (N) fall Lincoln Burnham (C), :39
171: Andre Collins (C) dec. Dakota Clark, 4-2 OT
Division 4 results
No. 1 Hudson (28-6) 67, No. 8 Norway (21-3) 5
No. 4 Bronson (21-0) 28, No. 5 Sand Creek (25-9) 22
No. 3 New Lothrop (32-4) 45, No. 6 CC-Crystal (26-7) 18
No. 2 Hesperia (34-2) 60, No. 7 Kent City (35-5) 15