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  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Carson City-Crystal wrestling holds a 14-6 record and will travel to Fulton Wednesday night for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.

Carson City-Crystal wrestling is steeped in tradition.

Kacy Datema, the head coach for the Eagles the past six years, has played a significant role in helping to form that tradition as he was a two-time individual state champion (1988, 1990) during his time as a prep grappler.

Datema won two of Carson City-Crystal’s 22 individual state championships since 1982, with four of those coming in the last two years alone including Dallas O’Green’s back-to-back state championships.

O’Green graduated last spring and now is a two-sport student-athlete at Heidelberg University, leaving one of many voids on the Eagles’ roster heading into the 2017 season.

But with a program that has done a fantastic job of churning out new talent, this season has been no different as Carson City-Crystal is 14-6 in duals this season with a team that has a number of contributing freshmen and sophomores.

“We’ve always had a lot of hard workers and grinders here,” Datema said. “We’re a blue-collar community and we just try to get a little better each day.”

Last week, the Eagles hosted a home triangular and had no trouble disposing of Montabella 58-18 while also cruising past undermanned Fulton 80-4.

Nolan Datema (103), Jamysin Ward (112), Daryn Shepler (119), Aiden Adkins (125), Braxton Seida (140), Noah Heckman (152), Brandon Murray (160), Dan Smith (171) and Brian Yeakey (189) all won two matches on the night for Carson City.

Seida, a sophomore, is receiving statewide attention as he is ranked fifth in Division 4 b MichiganGrappler.com.

It is a group that learned from those who excelled before them such as former Carson City individual state champions O’Green, Dillen Decker, Alex Baker and of course their own head coach.

“Success is contagious and we want to have as much of it as possible,” Datema said. “We teach them how to win and they learn how to win. They learn to be successful and that kind of goes in life too. We try to teach these kids what being successful is and they can carry that on into their lives after wrestling.”

Although there was a talent level or depth disparity between the Eagles and their dual competition last week, Datema made sure not to allow his wrestlers to take the night lightly.

“Montabella is not a bad squad,” Datema remarked. “They’re a full squad, a young team. There are a lot of freshmen on that team. So what I want to take out of it is to not give anything up. Don’t put yourself in bad situations on the mat. Finish where we can. We have kids getting reversed and being put on their back. We have to get out of that. Don’t give up the pin and lose by three instead of six.”

Carson City-Crystal also competed along with many mid-Michigan teams Saturday at the Alma Invitational, while on Wednesday the Eagles travel to Fulton for a Central Michigan Athletic Conference triangular that also includes Laingsburg.

Last year as a team, CC-C lost to St. Louis by a count of 48-30 in the regional semifinals.

“We’re on a path to meet again,” Datema said. “The ultimate goal is to always get to the state finals as a team.”

Last Updated: 1/10/2017 4:40:34 PM EST