One of the heroes of the post-season run was a freshman wrestler.
From the Lansing State Journal:
Earlier in the day, for a span of six minutes during the semifinal round, it seemed as if all the weight of the Eaton Rapids team was resting solely on the shoulders of one of the smallest boys in the school. Tied at 27-27 against Niles with only the 112-pound weight class remaining and a chance to advance to the state championship on the line, freshman Austin O'Hearon came up with a huge 9-3 win to vault the Greyhounds into the state finals match for the first time in seven years. "You put all that on a freshman and it makes you a little nervous," said Eaton Rapids coach Joe Ray Barry said about the close win over Niles.
This is a win for the Eaton Rapids wresting program. The start these kids young (4 years old) and keep many of them in the program until they graduate.
Congratulations to the wrestlers. Congratulations to their families who have been supporting them for years. And a huge ""Thanks!" and congratulations to all of their coaches who gave up countless evenings and weekends thorough out the years to develop these kids as athletes and as men.