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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Lakeview Wildcats and Montabella Mustangs opened the girls basketball season on Tuesday and both teams showed signs of rust. Lakeview’s defense, though was mostly strong and helped to carry the Wildcats to a season opening 53-20 win over the Mustangs at home.