Chippewa Hills Sets Sights on First State Title
REMUS – The Chippewa Hills wrestling program advanced further than ever before last year but ended up a win short of securing its first state title.
This winter the Warriors have been working for a shot at redemption and now stand just three wins away from that elusive state championship.
"We’re having fun. We’re enjoying ourselves,” senior Nolan Sexton said. “I think that makes a big difference, when you’re having fun while doing it."
Chippewa Hills enters Friday’s Division 3 state quarterfinal against sixth-seed Lake Odessa Lakewood as the three seed, behind perennial state powers Richmond and Dundee. The Warriors are comfortable with the team they have, though, and are confident about their chances.
"We haven’t won a state title, so when you’re Richmond or Dundee and you’ve won state titles, and Chip Hills hasn’t, why would they put us one,” coach Nate Ethridge said. “We’ve got to go out and prove that we’re the best team in the state in Division 3.”
"We’ve progressed every year that I’ve gone,” senior Kaden Ellis said. “Freshman year we got to the quarters, and I got knocked out, sophomore year we went to the semis, and last year we made it to the finals. So, we’ve got to complete it. We’re going to win it."
Friday’s quarterfinal is set for 4:30 p.m. from Central Michigan’s McGuirk Arena.