Hartland making yet another bid at first state title

Wrestling   | Jeff Chaney

Hartland making yet another bid at first state title



Mount Pleasant - Just making it to the Wrestling Team finals isn't good enough for coach Todd Cheney and his Hartland wrestling team.

Bringing home a Division 1 state championship is all the Eagles want this year.

That's because Hartland's wrestling program is no stranger to the finals and qualified for its 15th straight finals this weekend at Central Michigan University's McGuirk Arena.

And in that stretch, the Eagles have made it to 12 semifinals and five state title matches only to finish runner-up each time.

But this year could be that year when Hartland brings home that elusive title.

The Eagles come into this weekend's finals as the top seed and hammered that point home Friday during quarterfinal action, defeating perennial power Temperance Bedford 53-24.

Hartland advances to Saturday's semifinals, where the Eagles will take on Oxford, a 40-28 winner over Hudsonville.

"We are tired of just getting here and placing second," Cheney said. "We cut some guys down in weights, with thinking that will help us achieve our goal. Today's match was a good start to that."

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