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Montabella’s Dan Davidson, right, locks up with an opponent during the individual state wrestling finals earlier this month at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Montabella’s Balhorn happy with CMAC co-championship

Even though Montabella’s wrestling team was bounced from the Division 4 district tournament by Carson City-Crystal, the Mustangs were still able to have a good season, according to their coach. Montabella went 25-5 in dual meets this season and won a share of the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title with the Eagles when they won the postseason tournament.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber, right, tries to keep Logan Griffin of Erie Mason on the mat during Saturday’s Division 4 state final at 112 pounds. Dittenber lost 5-4 in four overtimes.

14 wrestlers place at individual state finals

Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. That may have been the case for Carson City-Crystal senior Kenneth Dittenber, who was in search of a third straight individual wrestling state title on Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber starts his Division 4 semifinal match against Sanford Meridian’s Joe Shuler with a handshake. Dittenber won by major decision 14-3 and will be trying for his third straight state title today.

Area wrestlers take center stage for individual titles at state finals

Brighter lights. Bigger arena. That is the setting called the Palace of Auburn Hills. This weekend, it’s not the Detroit Pistons on centerstage, but the best of the best in high school wrestling.

Carson City-Crystal's Alex Baker, top, tries to finish an inside cradle on Montabella's Nick Boyer during the finals of the Division 4 district Thursday night.

No. 9 CC-Crystal finishes No. 8 Montabella for district title

Carson City-Crystal and Montabella had dueled all season for dominance over the other. The score was finally settled Thursday night at the Division 4 district tournament, where the Eagles beat the Mustangs in the finals 34-30.

Carson City-Crystal’s Austin Hopkins, top, tries to do something with Montabella’s L.D. Lapham during their 215-pound match at the CMAC championships Saturday.

CC-Crystal, Montabella share CMAC wrestling title

Carson City-Crystal and Montabella’s wrestling teams knew it would come down to each other to determine who would win the Central Michigan Athletic Conference title. The result was both teams won.

Montabella’s Quinn Stradtner, top, battles for position with Ithaca’s Michael Wolfe during the Mustang Duals Saturday.

Montabella wrestlers turn attention toward postseason

The regular season is over for the Montabella Mustangs wrestling team. Now, it’s postseason time. With that, attention has turned toward the upcoming Central Michigan Athletic Conference tournament and quickly following, the Division 4 team district tournament at Carson City-Crystal.

Carson City-Crystal’s Hunter Clark, left, fires a shot despite the defense of Vestaburg’s Keegan Scott during the Eagles’ game against the Wolverines Dec. 7.

Montabella, CC-Crystal prep for Shepherd tourney

A pair of local teams will be heading to Shepherd today to participate in a holiday basketball tournament. Montabella and Carson City-Crystal will be busy today, as they are set to play in the Shepherd Holiday Tournament. The Eagles will take on Ithaca at noon, while the Mustangs will face the South Grand Rapids Homeschoolers at 2 p.m.

Montabella’s Parker Eldred (3) tries to corral a rebound between Lakeview’s John Zulugua-Torres (25) and Shawn Lindsey (20) and Montabella’s Nate Jankowsky (behind Lindsey) during the teams’ game Monday night.

Lakeview cruises in season opening win over Montabella

Boys basketball season is underway, but Montabella would have liked to have waited a few days. The Mustangs made only 11 field goals against Lakeview Monday night to lose 60-37 in the season opener for both teams.

Montabella’s Krista Daws defends Chippewa Hills’ Jordan VanSyckle during Tuesday’s season opening 53-42 victory over the Warriors.

Montabella girls hoops off to a winning start

One game and one win so far for the Montabella Mustangs girls basketball team. The Mustangs finished with a stellar 15-5 regular season record a year ago, but lost in their first game of the postseason tournament 51-44 to St. Louis.

Montabella's Gabby Larson (24) shoots over top of Chippewa Hills' Hannah Guy during the third quarter of the teams' game Tuesday night.

Montabella girls open basketball season with win

Montabella’s girls basketball team got a win, and that’s all coach Terry Larsen really cared about. “We’re always happy with a win,” he said.