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.
Tri County’s wrestling team had to work to win their Division 3 wrestling district Wednesday. The Vikings held off a late charge from Grant to take a 39-25 win at home.
Three area wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season on Saturday at the Central State Activities Association tournament at Tri County. In all, 14 wrestlers from Central Montcalm, Lakeview and Tri County placed in the top four. Tri County led the way with eight individual placers, while Lakeview and Central Montcalm each had three.
The Tri County Vikings boys basketball team has struggled to close out games all season long. Tuesday night at home was the exact opposite.
The Sparta Spartans outlasted good competition all day long to finish with an unblemished record and won the Tri County wrestling invitational on Saturday. The Spartans went 5-0, capping their day with a pin at 130 pounds to come from behind and defeat the Comstock Park Panthers in their final match of the day. Trailing 36-32, the pin gave Sparta a 38-36 victory.
The Tri County volleyball team’s first venture into the Central State Activities Association Gold Division turned out to be pretty good. The Vikings finished second in the conference with a 5-1 record, losing to Grant in a match that decided the winner of the conference. They were 28-19-8 overall.
Tri County’s girls golf team not only was starting out in a new conference, but was also starting out with somewhat of a new team. “We had 10 new girls this year,” noted coach Roxanne Faber. “With such a new beginner team, you’re starting from ground zero, and making a lot of improvements and that’s what we did.”
Tri County’s volleyball team had a chance to pull off an upset of the Morley Stanwood Mohawks at the Mohawks’ own invitational Saturday. But Morley Stanwood, ranked fifth in the state in Class C by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, ended up with a 25-21, 25-8 win over the Vikings.
Tri County’s volleyball team continues to roll through teams in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. The Vikings rolled through Chippewa Hills in straight games Tuesday night, winning 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.