Saturday, March 2, 2013
Senior Mitchel Thomas, junior Austin Eicher and sophomore Jacob Gorial will wrestle at the Palace today in the MHSAA Finals beginning at 4:45pm.
By Danna Castillo Of the eight Hartland wrestlers that qualified, three of them made it through to the medal rounds. That doesn't mean the five that didn't are any less impressive. Making it to the Palace is no easy feat. Just getting there means you are of the elite. The MHSAA State Finals is the Top 16 wrestlers in the entire state in each weight class. And if getting to the top 16 wasn't hard enough...you then have to qualify in the top eight to place. Lose one round and you are headed to the consolation rounds to fight your way back. In wrestling "speak" they call it the Blood Rounds. Eicher defeated Sterling Heights Stevenson's Tabu Gantt - Honorable Mention by Tech fall 18-3, Ypsilanti Lincoln Junior Jordan Markey by :45 pin, and …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Detroit Catholic Central wins the MHSAA State finals, Davison defeats Hartland, 44-15.
By Danna Castillo The MHSAA Semi Finals didn't end the way the Eagles would have hoped. There were plenty of great matches but the Eagles didn't come out on top of this one ending their regular dual season with a still, very impressive 33-2 and their 12th consecutive appearance at the MHSAA Team State Finals.The Eagles were on fire in the Quarter Finals versus #8 Ranked Macomb Dakota. Junior Josh Charneski started things off quickly with a 1:13 pin over Dakota's Hegarty, Freshman Sage Castillo followed suit at 112 with a :57 pin, then came Junior Nate Hughes (119) with a pin in 1:53 and Junior Justin Rollins pinning Karam in 1:18 at 130. It has become a trademark of these Hartland wrestlers that once one person gets a pin or a win, they …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Hartland wrestlers move on to semi-final round after a solid win against Macomb Dakota.
Saturday, February 23
By Danna Castillo It all leads to Battle Creek. Twelve straight years for Coach Todd Cheney and his Eagles. Not a small accomplishment in anyone's book. The 32-1 third rankded Eagles took on Macomb Dakota (37-4) in what was Macomb Dakota's first appearance in Battle Creek for the MHSAA Team State Finals. The Cougars fell to the Eagles 42-14 in what has been typical Hartland fashion. Winning 10 of the 14 match ups, 4 by pin & 2 by major decision, the Eagles continue to feed off each other and continue to find a way to win. “They had an incredible season, a sad story, they had a purpose to wrestle,” Cheney said referring to the loss of Dakota coach Bill Witgen to cancer in September. “They’ll be back. They should be proud. They’re a …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Hartland High School junior Austin Eicher also gets his 150th career win.
Thursday, February 7
By Danna Castillo Fresh off several KLAA Titles for the 2012-13 wrestling season (KLAA West Division, KLAA Lakes Conference, KLAA League and KLAA Individual Tournament Champions) and placing every single varsity wrestler in every single weight class at last weeks KLAA Individual Championships held at Eastern Michigan University, with four champions, the Hartland High School Wrestling team (30-1) seems to be staying focused with one goal in site. WIN. Hartland High School won their 13th District Title in a row on Wednesday night in front of a home crowd. Semi Finals: Finals: Hartland High School junior Austin Eicher also got his 150th Career Win. The Eagles travel to Walled Lake Central on Saturday, February 9 for the MHSAA Individual …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Todd Cheney's long and successful career is being recognized by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
With more than 500 career wins and a 20-year career, Hartland wrestling coach Todd Cheney has undoubtedly built a legacy at Hartland High School filled with numerous state champions and team trophies. This year alone, with a 30-4 record, Cheney took his team to the Division 1 team wrestling semifinals for the fourth consecutive year and qualified ten wrestlers for the state competition. Cheney’s success is now being recognized on a national level as he has been nominated by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) for the prestigious Coach of the Year award. This is Cheney’s first nomination, according to Hartland Athletic Director Jason Reck, who said Cheney’s nomination is a well-deserved honor. “Obviously we’re …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In a "David vs. Goliath" match-up, Hartland Middle School earns title of State Champions.
The Hartland Wrestling Club travelled to Battle Creek on Sunday competing for state titles at every age level. Three teams representing Hartland placed at the tournament, according to Rob Hughes, Hartland Wrestling Club President. The elementary-aged team earned their fourth consecutive state championship, while the newest team- comprised of 3rd Grade and Under ages- finished in fourth place. The Ore Creek Middle School also earned its first state championship. "For all of Michigan, this tournament is the highest level of team competition you can participate in," Hughes wrote in an email to Patch. "All the kids know it, and even the youngest sense the heightened excitement in the arena. They work really hard for an entire season, and in …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Tournament is at 5:30 p.m. at Waterford Mott; Eagles will wrestle Farmington Hills Harrison in semis.
About a decade ago, Hartland wrestlers like Austin Eicher and Jacob Gorial were beginning their careers in the Hartland Wrestling Club. Tomorrow, they could help the Eagles win their 12th straight regional championship. Coach Todd Cheney credits his program's success to wrestlers' strong background in the Hartland Wrestling Club, which he coaches, and the middle school wrestling program. Wednesday's regional team meet will be held at Waterford Mott at 5:30 p.m., with Hartland matching up against Farmington Hills Harrison in the semifinals. If they win that match, they will face the winner of the other semifinal match — Clarkston or Birmingham Seaholm. The winner of the two semifinals will face each other in the regional championship match …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Division 1 and Division 2 athletes hit the mat Saturday on the road to state finals.
Wrestlers from all over the state hit the mat Saturday for individual districts. The top four finishers in each weight class stay on the road to the state finals. To make it to The Palace of Auburn Hills next month, the wrestlers have to be one of the top four finishers at regionals Feb. 18. Here’s a wrap-up from this weekend’s action: Hartland High School certainly enjoyed hosting its district Saturday. Out of the 16 teams competing, the Eagles led the district with 10 regional qualifiers and seven district championships. But the host team wasn’t the only school to enjoy some success. Andrew Napieraj, Thomas Girardot and Shon Powell won district championships for Brother Rice. West Bloomfield, Birmingham Seaholm and Troy Athens each …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Bulldogs defeated the Eagles 29-23 Wednesday night.
After a nail-biting meet, the Brighton Bulldogs continued its winning streak Wednesday night and defeated the Hartland Eagles 29-23 for the first time in 10 years. The Bulldogs led the first several matches 16-0 when Hartland wrestler Matt Ostermiller pinned Chris Raby from Brighton, gaining the Eagles six points. Hartland wrestler Nate Hughes then put the Eagles in the lead 17-16. Brighton Coach Sam Amine said there were really two champions tonight, as both schools did excellent. "What a hard fought match," Amine said. "I give my hat off to both programs. We had 14 excellent matches, as you can tell, we only had one pin each. It was incredible. It was just hard-nosed wrestling. Both kids really went at it for their programs and every …
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Eagles and Bulldogs end season in Top 4 as Oxford wins state title 26-25 over Detroit Catholic Central.