On an afternoon with upsets taking place in all divisions, Carson City-Crystal senior Dallas O’Green wasn’t going to be denied a second consecutive state wrestling championship. With extreme focus and precision, O’Green won that second state championship with an 8-2 decision over Manchester’s Ethan Woods at 130 pounds in Division 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. The win capped an undefeated season (59-0) and a remarkable career, one which will go down as one of the best, not only in school history, but in the state of Michigan.
Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.
Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…
Tri County 73, Orchard View 41: The Vikings’ Dylan Matulis set a state record for steals by getting nine Tuesday night against the Cardinals. That gives him 132 for the season. Matulis also had a game-high 22 points, while Colton Harris added 15 and Jacob Sickelsteel added 11…
Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team found out how good Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central is. The Eagles had almost as many turnovers as points in losing to the Panthers 57-30 Monday night. It was the third loss in the past four games for CC-Crystal.
The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.
CC-Crystal 53, Montabella 38: The Eagles downed the Mustangs in an MSAC game Friday night, getting 46 of their 53 points from two sources. CC-Crystal was led by Kaleb Barrett with 24 points and Garrett Tabor added 22. Montabella was led by Josh Balhorn with 19…
Offense was at a premium. Trailing after the first quarter, the Carson City-Crystal Eagles made a switch defensively and cruised to a 32-16 win over MSAC rival Montabella at home on Thursday. The Mustangs opened the game with a pair of baskets by Ashley Swarts for a 5-2 lead. After the Eagles bounced back with a one-point advantage, Hanna Stockwell finished the first quarter with five straight points for a 10-6 lead.
In December, the goal every wrestler is to reach the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. On Saturday, 36 individual wrestlers still have that goal intact after placing in the top four at their respective individual tournaments. Five area wrestlers won district championships while earning a high seed for regional tournaments this Saturday.