Wrestling State Finals Prep: Chippewa Hills Seeks 1st State Title

This is the fourth in a series of five stories previewing the 2019 MHSAA team wrestling state finals. 

REMUS – First-year head coach Kevin Edwards has the Chippewa Hills wrestling program back in the MHSAA Division 3 state quarterfinals for an eighth straight year.

With their 15th consecutive district and eighth straight regional titles in tow, the fourth-seed Warriors will face fifth-seeded Montrose Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Kalamazoo’s Wings Event Center.

Chippewa Hills secured its quarterfinal bid with wins over Big Rapids (70-6), Reed City (70-12), Benzie Central (64-11) and Gladstone (60-18).

“If they buy into what the coaches are telling them and what their captains and teammates are telling them, what their teammates are showing them, then they put in the work, they end up being successful,” Edwards said.

“It’s almost like an expectation now,” added Chippewa Hills senior Mason Hayes. “Like, it’s something that if we didn’t do it, it would be like ugh. It would be a nail biter, but we’re ready. We’re used to it.”

Montrose is no stranger to the state’s biggest stage, having won nine state championships and recorded five runner-up finishes. Montrose’s most recent title was the 2005 Division 3 championship.

In addition to the team state finals, the Warriors are sending 11 to the individual state finals that will take place March 1-2 at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Friday’s quarterfinal is set for 4:30 p.m. The winner will face either one-seed Richmond or eight-seed Shepherd in a semifinal Saturday at noon.

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