On February 16 and 17, five Red Hawk youth wrestlers and two coaches traveled to Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, to represent Team Michigan, at the 2014 NUWAY Dual National Championships. There were 64 of the toughest teams from all of the U.S., from as far east as Maryland, to as far west as California.
The tournament was held in conjunction with NCAA Division 1 Championship wrestling. The youth competed amongst some of the greatest college wrestlers in the nation and were able to attend the “Mat Mayhem D-1 Championships” upon completion of the NUWAY National Championships.
One of the youngest Hawks, nine-year-old Landon Demorest, wrestled for the MYWAY 10U Red&Black team. Landon, who went 0-8, wrestled his heart out against opponents who were a year or more older than he. His team ended up taking 6th over-all in their division.
Female wrestlers Allexis, Reese and Cora Gonzales, wrestled for the MYWAY Girls 14 and under division under the coaching of Cedar Springs Youth and MYWAY Girls head coach, George Gonzales Sr. Team Michigan wrestled three weight classes short, giving up a total of 18 points before even stepping on the mat. They wrestled very well, taking runner-up to the full squad, Team Ohio, 42-36 in the finals. Allexis and Reese both went undefeated, 2-0, pinning their opponents. Cora, another young Hawk, went 0-2. Coach Tracie Shore from Ohio told Coach Gonzales he had no doubt that MYWAY would have been the champions if they would have had all of the weight classes.
Undefeated in 2013-14, Ryan Ringler wrestled for the MYWAY 12U Red&Black team under the coaching of Cedar Springs youth and MYWAY boys assistant coach, Paul Ringler. Suffering his first loss of the season, Ryan went 5-1; losing only his last match of the tournament with a score 3-2 to undefeated wrestler from Illinois, Cory Peterson. Even though he lost, Ryan wrestled impressively enough to receive the «12U Outstanding Wrestler Award» for having a grand total of 5 pins in a time of 3 mins 36 secs. His victories were essential to his team’s fourth place finish in their division.
Coaches from all over the state of Michigan, as well as all of the other states represented at the tournament, were very impressed and commented on the talent and technique coming out of the little town of Cedar Springs. They said they look forward to watching of all these wrestlers into their future (high school) careers.
Both Coach George and Coach Paul agree. “Watching our kids excel at this level is awesome. The real goal is if we can keep all of our youth wrestling kids competing up into the higher levels, we could have a great Varsity team.”