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Wrestling Hawks beat Coopersville, fall to Comstock Park

Red Hawks also take second at home invitational.

Cody Oehme (125 lb) in Championship match against Spring Lake at Cedar Springs invitational.

Cody Oehme (125 lb) in Championship match against Spring Lake at Cedar Springs invitational.

The Red Hawks took to the road on January 20 to go head to head against Coopersville and Comstock Park.

The Hawks started the night out on top with a 40-28 win against the Broncos of Coopersville. The starting weight was 145 lb class. Austin Wamser put the first points on the scoreboard for Cedar. The Broncos came back to win by pin in the next round.   Throughout the match the Broncos proved a formidable opponent, but the Hawks remained triumphant. Cedar won 9 of 14 rounds with pins by Jeremy Stellema,  Joe Simon and Ricardo Rios, a technical fall by Nic Baird, major decisions by Wamser and Cody Oehme and decision wins by Scott Vodry, Dominic Chong and Jake Blackmer.

The Hawks had been anticipating the match up against Comstock Park.

The team knew going into the meet that Comstock Park would be tough. Cedar Springs gave the Panthers a good run, but they weren’t quite strong enough to win. Cedar gave up 6 points right at the start, then recouped them when senior Scott Vodry pinned his opponent half way into the second period.

Senior Jeremy Stellema earned 6 more points in the 189 lb class with a pin early in round one. Cedar was ahead 12 -9. The next 4 weight classes were in favor of Comstock Park.   Tough matches in the 119 lb, 135 lb and 145 lb weight classes would give Cedar 9 more points, but not enough to dominate Comstock Park who won the meet with a score of 44-21.

Scott Vodry (160 lb) in match against Coopersville. 

Scott Vodry (160 lb) in match against Coopersville.

Hawks take second at home invitiational.

The Cedar Springs wrestling team finished second in its own invitational with a 3-1 record, losing only to Spring Lake, 48-26 on the last match of the event.

The Red Hawks defeated Creston 72-4, with freshman Brett Bouwens earning his first varsity victory. Cedar Springs found themselves in a battle with Plainwell after 5 rounds with a tied score 15-15. The Red Hawks kept the Trojans on their backs and won 53-15.  Traverse City West was an aggressive team but proved no match for the Hawks as the match ended with a 42-26 score in favor of the Cedar Springs.

Cedar Springs came face to face with Spring Lake in the championship round. The Hawks struggled in the first two rounds to find themselves down 0-9. The highlight of the bout was in the 130 lb class. Freshman Dominc Chong pulled off a pin with 33 seconds left in the match after a few close calls and being down 0-8 going into the third period. A quick reversal and a large amount of fortitude put Chong in the dominant position as he held his Lake opponent to the mat. Cedar hung in for five more wins but it wasn’t enough to hold on to first place. Nic Baird, Jake Blackmer, Jeremy Stellema and Scott Vodry all went 4-0 for the day.

Cedar traveled to West Catholic on Wednesday to meet up with Forest Hills Northern in a conference meet and then they head to Grand Haven on Saturday, January 30, for an individual meet.

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