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Youth wrestlers headed to state

Over seven hundred youth wrestlers attended the MYWAY Wrestling Western 

S-Wrestlers-youthRegionals held at Grandville High School on March 9 and 10, 2013. This year Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club is boasting a total of fourteen regional placers, 10 of whom are MYWAY State qualifiers. Of those 10 state qualifiers, four were Regional Champions!

This year’s Regional Champions were Landon Demorest in the 7-8 year old 43 lbs division, Braden Hallman in the 7-8 year old 61 lbs division, Ryan Ringler in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, and Jordan Ringler in the 13-14 year old 85 lbs division. All four of these champions were undefeated this year in regular season tournaments. They will be leading the Red Hawks into the State Finals to be held this weekend, March 22, 23 and 24, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Additional state qualifiers were those who finished in the top four of their divisions. Keaton Klaasen took second in the 4-6 year old 46 lbs division. Third place finishers were Austin Averill in the 4-6 year old 37 lbs, Reese Gonzales in the 11-12 year old 85 lbs, Gage Gardner in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, Allexis Gonzales 11-12 year old 126 lbs, and George Gonzales Jr. in the 13-14 year old 155 lbs division.

The last four regional placers narrowly missed their chance at finals by taking 5th and 6th in their divisions. Logan Hull and Bryce Hallman both took fifth place in the 11-12 year old division; Logan at 75 lbs and Bryce at 100 lbs. Pistachio Gonzales and Aiden Bouwens both finished in sixth place; Pistachio in the 4-6 year 52 lbs division and Aiden in the 9-10 year 85 lbs division. Hundreds of wrestlers were put out of the tournament within the first several rounds of wrestling. All of these wrestlers worked very hard to place at regionals. Good luck to those who are attending State Finals this weekend. Get out there and show them what Cedar Springs is made of, Champions!

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