Charlotte, MI - The Charlotte Wrestling team set a big goal when WILX visited for Schools Rule in November:
"One of our goals is to have our entire team be all academic and also win our conference," they told us.
After making that pledge, the team banded together, winning their conference championship and earning team academic all-state honors, like promised.
"It takes a lot of motivation and dedication to the season and you really need to give it your all," says senior Ethan LaMacchia.
The team went undefeated in their conference, winning the title for the first time since 1978. It took grueling work to claim the championship.
"Just pushing ourselves more and more everyday, more than I think in the past 2 years," says LaMacchia.
But the student athletes didn't neglect their work in the classroom.
To achieve academic all-state honors, at least 14 students had to have a cumulative GPA above 3.2
The team earned a 3.517 GPA.
It's a crowning achievement for the team's seniors.
"It's hard to let a sport go, but we ended out well," says senior Daniel Doty.
For the Orioles' head coach, the success couldn't have happened to a more deserving group of young men.
"They are a fun group of kids to be around and I never have any issues with their behavior," says head coach Bill Blair. He's been coaching for 12 years.
It was hard work on the mat, and in class, giving these student athletes a big reason to cheer.
The team says the support of their parents and fans was huge this year.
A lot of the students earned personal honors in the state wrestling tournament. For those details, click on the link in this story.