On Saturday, December 10th the Cedar Springs High School varsity wrestling team traveled to Howard City to participate with seven schools at the Tri-County Tournament.
The Hawks started the day with a 78-6 win over Forest Hills Eastern. The near perfect streak continued into the second round again Grand Rapids Christian with the Hawks tallying 77 points and allowing the Eagles to earn only one pin.
Kent City started the third round on top but soon fell behind with the Red Hawks winning 57-24.
The finals brought the Red Hawks head to head with the hometown Vikings. The duel started slow for Cedar Springs. The Hawks began to gain momentum mid to heavy weight classes. The most intense match of the finals was as Senior Joe Simon (285 lb) battled against his Viking opponent, each earning points to keep the match interesting. At the end of the third period the score was tied 6-6. The two remained tied at the end of the first overtime period. Simon managed an escape point to bring the score 7-6 in the second period. Tri-county countered with an escape early in the third overtime period. In the closing seconds of the match, Simon executed a take down that found him victorious with a score of 9-7. The low to mid weight classes helped to move the Red Hawks into first place with a 46-26 win over Tri-County.
Five Hawks went undefeated for the day – Scott Stockreef (112 lb), Cody Oehme (130 lb), Austin Wamser (160 lb), Levi Whipple (171 lb) Joe Simon (285 lb).
The Red Hawks will meet up with Forest Hills Northern on December 15 for a conference meet and then they will head to the Freeland Tournament on December 18.