Hard work and determination are just a couple of the things one can expect to see from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club. Champions are another. Trenton Wachter and George Gonzales Jr. are the definition of champions after competing at wrestling nationals this past weekend.
Wrestlers from 11 different states traveled from as far as Florida to compete in the NUWAY National Championships held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on April 18. Trenton and George, representing Michigan and Cedar Springs, were among those elite wrestlers.
Wrestling for the first time at the national level, Trenton took an explosive victory over the MYWAY State Champion that put him in the running for the championship title. In a disappointing decision in the round robin competition, Trenton lost by only one point to Logan Ours from Ohio, leaving him with the very impressive title of national runner-up in the 5-6 year old 59 lb weight class.
The road was just as tough for George as he fought his way to victory with pins in his first and second bouts, win by major decision in the third bout and another pin in his fourth. It was his last bout that put his skills to the test. George wrestled against Charles Jones, of South Lyon, Michigan. Both wrestlers came into the championship bout undefeated with the desire to be named champion. Although they fought hard, the bout remained scoreless at the end of the first two rounds. It was in the third and final round that George chose the down position, quickly escaping at the referee’s whistle to earn one point. The bout ended with a score of 1-0 and George as the national champion in the 9-10 year old 100 lb weight class.
With these two victories, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling now holds a 2010 NUWAY National Runner-up and a 2010 NUWAY National Champion title. MYWAY, the Wrestling Club, the coaches, and the boys’ parents are very proud of their hard work and determination, which have made them champions.