STANTON — Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team waited a week longer than everyone else to get their season going. When they did get going, not much went wrong.
The Eagles went 5-0 at the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational Saturday to win the event. The host Hornets went 2-3.
“We wrestled well today,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said. “Everybody did their part. We got a lot of matches in. We liked having this as an opener.”
The Eagles started out with a perfect 84-0 showing against a shorthanded Breckenridge team that had only six wrestlers. CC-Crystal also beat Greenville’s “B” team 75-6, topped second-place New Lothrup 64-12, downed Mount Pleasant 62-12 and beat Central 58-21.
“I think they wrestle well together,” Datema said. “They’re all willing to make sacrifices for each other, they’re all willing to step up and do their part.”
Undefeated wrestlers for CC-Crystal were Dallas O’Green (125 pounds), Darren Decker (160), Dillen Decker (171), Ryan Arsinger (103), Taylor Barkley (112), Alex Baker (119) and Austin Hopkins (215) at 5-0, and Shane Wiggins (135) and Garner Cusack (140) were 4-0.
The Hornets started out good, beating Breckenridge 51-12 and Greenville “B” 41-36. But a 49-24 loss to the Oilers and a 37-29 loss to the “other” Hornets preceded the loss to the Eagles.
“We’re very young,” Central coach Dan VanderVlucht said. I had three voids (Saturday). They (Central’s missing wrestlers) were doing testing for the ACT and that’s more important right now. They’re getting stronger every day.”
VanderVlucht had a lot to say of the competition he had to face at the tournament.
“Carson City’s a good team, no holes, flawless. They have good coaches, good everything,” he said. “Mount Pleasant, we gave up those three voids. It would have been different if we wouldn’t have those void. New Lothrup came down to the last match. What do you do? You go back to the wrestling room and start working.”
Central’s undefeated wrestlers were Coryt Kindle (285) Trenton Braman (145) and Zack MacDonald (135).
Greenville’s “B” team had only one win on the day, and that was against the Huskies.
Both teams will be in action Wednesday. The Eagles host a quadrangular while Central goes to Hesperia for a triangular with Reed City.