KALMAZOO, Mich. — Carson City-Crystal is no stranger to the team wrestling state quarterfinals. In fact, Friday afternoon was the Eagles fourth consecutive appearance. Despite falling to three-seed Clinton, 47-24, it's a good experience for a young roster.
"It was a pretty good experience, a tough team this year," head coach Kacy Datema said, "we wrestled well. We got matched up with a tough Cinton team, we knew they would be good, we watched them all year, we knew what we were up against."
As a whole, Coach Datema was happy with the team's performance.
"We wrestled really well and had a successful season, we'll be back again next year I hope."
One bright spot on the afternoon was senior Brian Yeakey, who is no stranger to the big stage. Yeakey won his match with a pin in the 285 pound weight class.
"I'd rather be with my team than win any individual title," he said on being a state individual qualifier. "Being with my guys and being here the past four years has made me the man I am throughout wrestling, life and school, I wouldn't trade it for anything else."