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Hartland wins 14th consecutive regional wrestling title; Division 1 quarterfinal is next

Wrestling   | Ben Szilagy

Hartland wins 14th consecutive regional wrestling title; Division 1 quarterfinal is next

Walled Lake - Hartland coach Todd Cheney couldn’t have imagined a better sight than what he saw on Wednesday. As he scanned the faces of his wrestlers as they greeted their families, Cheney had a hard time keeping in his emotions.

So much so that he had to take a moment to himself alone, away from his team to let the moment sink in.

“When you draw these things up, you never think…you get pretty close…but you never think it’d be this close. It feels like an upset. Walled Lake Central is an incredible team, but we wrestled incredible,” he said.

“This is my 23rd year coaching, and I’ve seen some special things. But tonight is one of the greatest. I told the kids ‘today will be your greatest day’ and it was.” 

The Eagles (28-3) captured their 14th straight regional championship with a 34-25 victory over host Walled Lake Central in a Division 1 regional final to secure a trip to the quarterfinals at Battle Creek next weekend.

What separates this year’s squad from previous years is that only two seniors were dressed and competed in the regional final. Despite its