Over 2,000 of Michigan’s toughest youth wrestlers converged in Battle Creek, Michigan at the Kellogg Arena March 25, 26 and 27, for the fiercest competition of the year, the 10th Annual MYWAY State Finals. Most brackets, starting with as many as 30 wrestlers, whittled down to the final top eight placers.
On a weekend filled with unexpected upsets and devastating losses, some of Cedar Springs most talented wrestlers suffered their first losses of the season. Of the thirteen Cedar Springs youth wrestlers who traveled to state finals, six of them were tough enough to place in the top eight. Landon Demorest, the highest placing Red Hawk for 2011, took third in the 38lb 5/6 division. He also earned himself the coveted “national singlet,” which is only awarded to the top three wrestlers in each weight class. Jordan Ringler took fourth in the 71lb 11/12 division. Allexis Gonzales took fifth in the 90lb 9/10 division. Allexis was also one of only two girls to place at state! George Gonzales Jr. took sixth in the 127lb 11/12 division. Cody Averill, a first year wrestler, took seventh in the 38lb 5/6 division. Ryan Ringler took eighth in the 85lb 9/10 division. By placing in the top eight, each of the wrestlers qualified to wrestle at NUWAY Nationals to be held in Naperville, IL on April 10, 2011.
All of Cedar Springs youth wrestlers worked very hard this year under the supervision of Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. and coaches Paul Ringler, Eric Frandsen, Bryan Goike, Jake Marsman, and Levi Whipple and deserve a big congratulations!