Cedar Wrestlers continue to win medals wherever they go. Youth wrestlers spent the last two weeks at a few different tournaments, bringing back a whopping total of 26 medals! Although they make it look easy, they are working hard to earn these medals attending tournaments where hundreds of wrestlers are fighting for the four medals awarded in each division.
On January 19, Byron Center hosted a tournament, where our kids brought home 11 medals. In the 5/6 age group winners were Veronica Tapia 2nd/37lb and Pistachio Gonzales 1st/55lb. In the 7/8 were Cora Gonzales 2nd/52lb and Tommy Stevens 1st/58lb. In the 9/10 were Landon Demorest 2nd/55lb, Trevor Marsman 2nd/63lb, Tacho Gonzales 4th/67lb, and Carter Falan 2nd/75lb. In the 11/12 were Logan Hull 2nd/90lb and Reese Gonzales 3rd/95lb. Rounding out the results was Gage Gardner with a 2nd place finish at 145lb in the 13-15 age division.
On January 26, wrestlers competed at Forest Hills Northern, where they dominated, winning a total of 14 medals. Of those 14, five were 1st place finishes! Champions in the 5/6 age group were Veronica Tapia at 37lb and Pistachio Gonzales at 55lb. In the 7/8 age group was Tommy Stevens at 58lb. In the 9/10 age group were Landon Demorest at 55lb and Trevor Marsman at 63lb. Second place finishers were Brandson Wood in the 5/6 at 43lb, Cora Gonzales in the 7/8 at 52lb, Allexis Gonzales in the 13-15 at 138lb, and Gage Gardner in the 13-15 at 145lb. The third place finisher, and first time medal winner, was Dominic Vanderhyde in the 5/6 at 55lb! Fourth place finishers were Chase Sarniak in the 5/6 at 46lb, Gavyn Byxbe in the 5/6 at 52lb, Logan Hull in the 11/12 at 90lb and Reese Gonzales in the 11/12 at 95lb. Keaton Klaasen also wrestled at a different tournament held in Otsego that same day with a 2nd place finish in the 7/8 at 46lb. Keaton wasn’t the only Hawk who left the nest to wrestle; Ryan Ringler attended the 2014 Clash of The Titans held in Holt, Mich. He wrestled at 136lb in the Middle School Division for the West Region MYWAY team. Although the team didn’t take Clash champion this year, Ryan did very well as a seventh grader with a record of 6-1.
The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program is building wrestlers who are continuing on into the Cedar Springs Middle and High School programs, where they are competing well. Coach George Gonzales says, “I am so proud of these boys and girls who are working so hard to get better and are excited to continue wrestling into higher levels. We want to congratulate the High School team who took 2nd at Conference and wish them luck this week at Regionals.”