CARSON CITY – Carson City-Crystal’s wrestling team not only got another trophy for their case, but they also got a confidence-boosting win in the process.
The Eagles won their own team wrestling tournament Saturday, capping the 5-0 performance with a 37-35 win over Hesperia in the final match.
CC-Crystal is ranked fourth in the state in Division 3 by the Michigan Wrestling Association. What made the win even better was beating the sixth-ranked Panthers.
“That was pretty big,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said of the final win. “We wrestled well. Everybody did their part, we won some matches, we stayed in some matches that we didn’t give up bonus points in. We wrestled well and knocked off a pretty good team.”
The Eagles came into the final against Hesperia after big wins, taking down Farwell 60-15, going perfect against Saginaw Valley Lutheran 84-0, pounding Haslett 75-6 and shutting out Williamston 75-0.
“We won our first four duals by quite a bit,” Datema said. “It was good prep for coming into Hesperia. We knew they (Hesperia’s) were good. Their horses were right down the center right along with ours and we knocked some of them off. Our heavy guys came through for us pretty good and our light guys ended up pinning guys to seal it.”
In fact, the contest went back and forth until the 119-pound class. With CC-Crystal leading by two points and two matches to go, Eagle Alex Baker pinned Cameron Rosely to clinch the win for CC-Crystal.
Just about everyone won at least three matches for the Eagles.
“The Decker boys as always wrestled well and wrestled tough,” Datema said. “Dallas O’Green pinned a kid that was a tough kid. He does a great job. He’s strong, he’s fast, he’s aggressive.”
Going undefeated on the day were Taylor Barkley (103 pounds), Alex Baker (112) Dallas O’Green (125), Brenton DeYoung (135), Dillen Decker (152) Darren Decker (160) and Austin Hpokins (215).
In fact, Datema gushed about his whole team.
“I can’t say enough good things about these kids,” he said. “They (CC-Crystal) are all great kids and they all wrestled well and did their part.”
The win put the Eagles at 12-0 in dual meets on the season. They will get back into action on Wednesday when they host a Central Michigan Athletic Confernece triangular.