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Chippewa Hills dominates way to 13th straight district title at Reed City WITH GALLERY

  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Chippewa Hills won its 13th consecutive district championship Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as it downed Big Rapids 68-6 and host Reed City 70-3. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.

REED CITY - Chippewa Hills began its quest to return to the state finals for a sixth straight year in dominating fashion Wednesday evening.

The Warriors (25-1), ranked third in Division 3, registered a 68-6 victory over Big Rapids in the district semifinals before topping host Reed City 70-3 in the final. It is the 13th consecutive district championship for the powerhouse program.

Despite resting some key wrestlers, Chippewa Hills showed its strength in numbers by having the upper hand in all but two matches on the night.

“A lot of other guys got to wrestle tonight which was great to see,” Warriors coach Nate Ethridge said. “We wrestled some kids that you don’t normally see out there in a district match and some of them wrestled in a district final. So that was great to see.”

After disposing of Big Rapids in the district semifinal, Chippewa Hills actually fell behind 3-0 in the district final before rolling the rest of the way.

Austin Spedowski (135) and Central Michigan commit Nolan Saxton (140) got the Warriors rolling by each recording a pin, while Austin Young (145) received a void to make it 18-3. Jaycob Sharp (152) won via a 6-0 decision, followed with a victory by pin from David Spedowski (160).

Chayton Wiggins (171) earned a win to push the Chippewa Hills lead to 30-0, while Luke Henderson (189) and Gabe Petoskey (215) added two more wins by pin. Andrew Vinton (HWT) and Taylor Gibson (103) earned wins by void, while Bray Haynes (112) prevailed by decision. Kaden Ellis and Mason Hayes wrapped up the district title with pins.

“It was a little tough to reel them in tonight,” Ethridge remarked. “We’d already seen Reed City and Big Rapids in the league. We didn’t have a bad week of practice, but it was a little bit harder to get them focused and making sure they were in the right frame of mind. We just have to refocus tomorrow and get back after it.”

Chippewa Hills will travel to Grayling Saturday for individual districts, while a lengthy bus trip to Gladstone awaits for regionals next Wednesday.

Last year, the Warriors defeated Gladstone in the quarterfinals en route to their eventual finish as D3 state runner-up.

“We’re going to get on a bus and drive five-and-a-half hours to Gladstone,” Ethridge said. “That’s a challenge in itself. To be able to get off a bus after being on it for five hours while being on weight the whole time, we’re dealing with something that no one else has to deal. We’re definitely the only ones that have to deal with this in the state of Michigan.”

Ethridge gave a firm speech to the Warriors following the district final with the busy upcoming schedule requiring the aforementioned additional focus.

“Our guys are used to us as a staff being hard on them,” Ethridge added. “They’re OK with it and accountable. They try to take it the right way and a lot of the time they need to hear that rather than, ‘Hey, great job. You just won.’ But sure, I’m proud of them. They just won 68-6 and 70-3.”

Last Updated: 2/8/2017 10:49:01 PM EST