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Varsity wrestlers battle to second place finish in OK Bronze

Freshman Jordan Ringler

Freshman Jordan Ringler

The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling team battled to a solid second place finish in the OK Bronze individual wrestling tournament, on Saturday, behind state-ranked Greenville. Seven Red Hawk wrestlers made it to the finals, with two winning championships and five finishing with silver medals. Three other wrestlers advanced to the consolation finals, where there were two third place finishes and one fourth.

Freshman Jordan Ringler started things off with a gold medal at 103 pounds. Jordan won his finals match with a 6-0 shutout over the defending conference champ from Forest Hills Eastern. Ringler’s record for the season is 26-4.

Zach Wamser won his first conference championship by fall in the second period. Wamser, a junior, is a solid 21-1 heading into the state tournament.

Five wrestlers dropped their final match to finish second including 145-pounder Mike Smith, 160-pounder Logan McGahan, and 215-pounder Teddy Edwards. All three are juniors and are being counted on to be team leaders coming back into their senior seasons. Senior Kyle Rice was able to successfully trim down 35 pounds during the season and made his first varsity appearance at the conference finals at 189 pounds and added valuable team points with his second place effort. Freshman Patrick DePiazza also pulled out a silver medal at heavyweight in his first conference meet.

In the consolation battles for third place, Baron Lenardson came back strong after being pinned in his first match and avenged an earlier season loss with a smooth 17-3 major decision over his Northview opponent at 125 pounds. Anthony Topolski also won by a second period fall in his patented headlock at 140 pounds, for his first conference medal. Freshman Wayne White finished fourth at 135. In all, 10 Red Hawk grapplers placed in the tournament, with only two of them, Lenardson and Rice, being seniors.

“I feel that the team will be overall stronger next year and we are looking to marginalize the difference between us and Greenville,” said Coach Nick Emery.

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