The Bath/LCHS wrestling team finished the regular season with a 12-10 record by splitting a pair of duals at their final home meet on Wednesday, February 4th against Maple Valley (W) and Jackson Lumen Christi (L). This propelled Coach Chuck Root and the team into the CMAC tournament on Saturday February 7th at Fulton where they placed 3rd behind Carson City-Crystal and Dansville. Their overall record and placement in the league is the best since the Bath/LCHS co-operative began five years ago.
There wasn’t much time to celebrate their improved regular season record as team districts were up next on Wednesday, February 11th at Owosso (due to co-op rules their combined enrollment bumps them to Division 2 for the post-season). Bath/LCHS fought hard and upended the Owosso Trojans 48-30 which advanced them to the district final vs. St. Johns. The “Fighting Cougar Bees” ran into a buzz-saw as St. Johns (the #1 ranked team in all divisions) routed them 79-0. On a positive note, the Bath/LCHS wrestlers competed in all 14 weight classes and were able to notch one post-season team victory.
With their team hopes dashed this set the stage for the individual district tournament hosted by Mason on Saturday, February 14th. Their wasn’t much love on this Valentine’s Day for Bath/LCHS as their district contained four of the top ten teams in Division 2 – St. Johns, Eaton Rapids, Dewitt and Mason. It was known to be the toughest district in the state. That said, Bath seniors Dalton Hilliker (152 lbs) and Deontay Walker (189) were able to capture 3rd and 4th place respectively which advances them to the regional taking place on February 21st at Eaton Rapids.
The top four finishers in each weight class at the regional continue on to the state tournament held at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 5-7th. We wish Dalton and Deontay all the best as they continue their individual post-season quest!
Overall the 2014-15 season was a good one and the outlook continues to look bright for the Bath/LCHS wrestling team. They have experienced steady improvement and the team is still relatively young with only four seniors on the roster this year. The team thanks everyone for their support and looks forward to working hard in the off-season gearing up for 2015-16!
If you or anyone you know is interested in wrestling next season Coach Root would love to have you out. Please contact the LCHS Athletic Department for details.