CC-Crystal clinches CMAC wrestling title

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 4:18 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2014

BATH — The Carson City-Crystal wrestling team has picked up another piece of hardware.

The Eagles won the regular-season Central Michigan Athletic Conference wrestling title Wednesday night with wins over Montabella and Laingsburg. The Mustangs went down 54-24, then the Wolfpack fell 49-22.

Montabella got a win over Bath 37-18, while the Eagles beat Laingsburg.

CC-Crystal, ranked third in Division 4 according to, ended up 6-0 in the CMAC to clinch the title outright.

“It’s a little nicer feeling having the solo conference championship,” CC-Crystal coach Kacy Datema said.

Montabella, formerly ranked in the top 10, but dropped out two weeks ago, was the team the Eagles had to beat if they wanted to win the title.

“We wrestled well,” Datema said. “Our lighter kids came through for us. We picked up some wins up top. We had a few kids out of our lineup and so we pieced things together. We scored bonus points when we needed them and we didn’t give up many. Our kids seemed to want to go six minutes and that makes a big difference.”

The Mustangs were shorthanded, noted coach Shaun Balhorn.

“We’re struggling with some injuries and some eligibility issues,” Balhorn said. “We gave up three voids so we knew it was going to be tough.”

Both Montabella and CC-Crystal then wrestled their own meets in the quadrangular. Neither had any problems.

“I think the only points we gave them (Bath) were on three voids,” Balhorn said. “I thought our kids wrestled good there. We have some holes that hopefully we get some guys back when they get healthy and make a good run at the end of the season.”

Datema wasn’t dismissing the effort of Laingsburg.

“They (Laingsburg) have a tough lineup,” Datema said. “They have a bunch of pretty good kids, they’re a tough squad. We won matches and we went six minutes with tough kids. They’re a tough squad. We’ll probably see them again in the regional.”

Winning both of their matches for the Mustangs were Dustin Scott (130 pounds), Mike Hyde (145), Joey Durham (160), Jonny Durham (171) and Dan Davidson (285).

The Eagles’ double-winners were Ryan Arersinger (103), Taylor Barkley (112), Alex Baker (119), Garner Cusack (140) and Darren Decker (152).

Montabella (10-6) will host a team tournament Saturday. Belding, Ithaca, Ionia, LeRoy Pine River and Chippewa Hills’ “B” team will all compete.

The Eagles (21-2) will head to Leslie for an individual tournament Saturday.

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