DOWAGIAC, Mich. (WNDU) - The Dowagiac Chieftans are back in the state wrestling quarterfinals for the second straight year but they'll face one of their biggest challenges of the season.
"It's very exciting," Dowagiac head wrestling coach Colin Burandt said. "It's big for our kids, for our program, our youth program that gives them something to build off of and look forward to when they grow up and excited to bring back the Dowagiac tradition.
Dowagaic will hit the mat with Dundee, who won state last year.
But going against one of the best wrestling teams in all of Michigan is not what has the Chieftans motivated.
"Ever since last year at state when we got beat, we've been talking about it," Dowagiac senior wrestler Dylan Elmore said. "We always wanted to go back. When we saw the regionals this year we knew that we would be able to go back. We've been excited. Pushing the pace so we can get back."
They've been motivated ever since they fell in the state quarterfinals last year. The team said they felt like a bunch of deer in headlights last season and they want to prove they belong tomorrow afternoon.
"You got that bad taste in your mouth like you got to be on the night stage but you didn't do so hot," Dowagiac senior wrestler Nick Turnbow said. "It's nice to be able to go back and have another shot at it."
Dowagiac plays Dundee tomorrow at 4:30 in Kalamazoo.