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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

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’s Dylan Matuilis (3) tries to get a steal from Central Montcalm’s Mitch Nichols (12) during a game Feb. 5. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County’s Matulis sets state steals record

Dylan Matulis missed out on one state record during the fall boys soccer season. Matulis fell short of getting the state record for most goals in a season. He made up for that in the winter boys basketball season, getting the state record for most steals in a season with his 132nd Tuesday night in a win over Muskegon Orchard View.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

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…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 23

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…

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

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.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 19

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…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 16

Tri County 77, Chippewa Hills 46: The Vikings had no problems with the Warriors in a CSAA-Gold game Tuesday night. Austin Nagelhout had 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Tri County. Alec Paasch had 12 points and Dylan Matulis added eight points and eight steals…

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36 area wrestlers advance to regional tournament

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.

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ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 12

CC-Crystal 56, Sacred Heart 33: The Eagles outscored the Irish 19-2 in the first quarter and 16-4 in the third quarter to easily win their MSAC game Friday night. Garrett Tabor had 25 points and Avery Earles added 13 for CC-Crystal…

Belding’s Mitchell Ward pins Tri County’s Ryan VanderMuellen in the final match of the Division 3 district semifinal to win 33-32 at Central Montcalm on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding stuns Tri County, tops Lakeview for district title

On paper, Tri County should have won. On the mat, Tri County did not win. In stunning fashion, the Belding Redskins upset the No. 8 ranked Vikings with a pin in the final match to knock off the favorite 33-32 in the semifinals of the Division 3 team district wrestling tournament at Central Montcalm on Thursday.