Hartland wrestlers meet legislators

Hartland coach Todd Cheney holds the Division 1 state championship trophy high after the Eagles won it Saturday in Mount Pleasant. It was the first state team wrestling title in school history/.
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The Hartland wrestling team had another memorable team experience on Thursday.

It goes without saying that it couldn’t have been as thrilling as winning the state team title for the first time in February.

But a trip to the state legislature is high on the list for coach Todd Cheney.

He was part of a delegation that included assistant coaches and team managers who made the trip to Lansing.

“About three weeks ago, I got an email from an aide to (state representative Henry) Vaupel, who wanted to have us come out and be introduced in front of the House of Representatives,” Cheney said.

Vaupel has a wrestling connection: One of his sons was on the 1994 Fowlerville team which won a state title.

“He took us to the house chambers and we took a picture,” Cheney said. “We got a tour from a guy who showed us the Senate chamber, the old supreme court room and the old governor’s office.

“It was an educational experience too,” he added. “We talked with our guide about what reaches the floor and how (the process works).”

Sen. Joe Hune also met with the team, which later had lunch at the capitol before going home.

“It was a really neat experience for the kids,” Cheney said. “Pretty cool being in that environment. To be honored in the House was kind of neat.”

Next up for the champs: A ceremony at halftime of the Brighton-Hartland boys lacrosse game on May 4 at the Hartland football field.

“The boys will get their rings there,” Cheney said. “That will be really cool.”