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Montabella’s Hunter Myers, at left, tries to escape the hold of Lakeview’s Kevin Johnson during a meet earlier this year. - File photo

Montabella matmen ‘learned a lot,’ says coach

Montabella’s wrestling team had some question marks coming into the season about how they were going to do. The Mustangs ended up 12-11 in dual meets this season and finished fourth in a loaded Central Michigan Athletic Conference.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four area wrestlers win individual state titles, 13 place in top eight

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

Tri County freshman Dakota Greer, top, tries to pull Richmond’s Roy Costello over during Friday’s Division 3 103-pound championship semifinal match at The Palace. Greer won by decision 7-3. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Six area wrestlers advance to individual state finals

After two days, six area wrestlers are in position to earn the ultimate achievement — an individual state championship. The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s season-ending extravaganza — with nearly 900 wrestlers taking part — began on Thursday and concludes with the championship matches today starting at 4:45 p.m.

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow looks to make a pass over the head of Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during Tuesday’s game. Shurlow scored 10 points for the Wildcats. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads Lakeview past Montabella at home

The Lakeview Wildcats thrive when their defense leads to easy offense. Such was the case Tuesday night at home. The Wildcats’ defense forced 21 turnovers, which led to easy baskets — 30 field goals in all — in a 69-27 victory over Montabella.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo (11) shoots despite the crowd of Montabella’s Kendra Stockwell (21), Madi Cutler (14) and Hannah Stockwell (3) on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

CC-C girls down Mustangs, clinch MSAC championship

For the first time since joining the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC), the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is the conference champions. And this time, they don’t have to share it with Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, left, goes in for a shot against Montabella’s Madi Cutler during Tuesday’s game. The Redskins won 36-31. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Breimayer leads Belding to comeback win over Montabella

Hallee Briemayer caught fire when her team needed it the most. The Belding Redskins struggled offensively most of the night, but its defense was outstanding. While the defense was forcing key turnovers down the stretch, Breimayer was filling the basket in a 36-31 comeback win at Montabella on Tuesday.

Belding’s Jesse Scheidel, left, goes for a pin against his opponent during the Lakeview Invitational on Jan. 24. On Saturday, Scheidel went undefeated to help the Redskins to a second place finish at the Montabella Invitational. - File photo

Belding wrestlers finish second at Montabella

Tournament time is nearly here for Michigan high school wrestling teams. While area wrestling teams are still looking for wins the final weekend of January, they are also fine tuning for the postseason. On Saturday, the Belding Redskins traveled to Montabella for a round-robin team tournament and placed second. Their only loss was to tournament champion Chippewa Hills 40-27.

Central Montcalm’s Zac MacDonald competes against Grant’s Chase Hicks during the 140-pound championship match on Saturday. Hicks won by 12-1 major decision.

Mason County Central wins Lakeview Invitational

The Lakeview Wildcats hosted its annual individual wrestling tournament on Saturday. Mason County Central outlasted 16 schools to earn the championship this weekend with 202 points. Grant was second with 164 points and Belding third with 150.

Montabella’s Dan Davidson, at left, competes at the 2014 MHSAA individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Davidson finished fifth. Davidson, who graduated last year, is an assistant coach for the Mustangs this year.

Depth forces Montabella to focus on individual aspect

Due to a lack of wrestler turnout, the Montabella Mustangs are mainly focusing on the individual aspect of its season this year. The Mustangs, 2-2 on the young season, will wrestle at today’s individual tournament at St. Louis. With about 10 wrestlers on the squad, the Mustangs will be giving up plenty of points in team competitions.

Montabella’s Joel Bucao drives between two Evart players during the teams’ game Monday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys open with OT victory

Montabella’s boys basketball team needed four extra minutes of playing time, but it got it’s first win of the season. The Mustangs went into overtime before knocking off the Evart Wildcats 55-53 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.