This week’s MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Rockford. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete, half entering Novice and the other half entering the Open division. Our team battled 59 times with 31 ending in victory. This past weekend placed thirteen of our young competitors in the top 4. “Hard work, dedication and perseverance are things that can’t be taught, but the skills and technique that take those three qualities and maximize them to become a top competitor can be, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.” This week’s placements are as follows:
4th Place Medalists include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80/85 lb wt class and Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122/138 lb wt class.
3rd Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class.
2nd Place Medalist include Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80/85 lb wt class, and Zak Schmid in 11/12 Open age group in the 119 lb wt class.
CHAMPIONS are Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Corbin Orange in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class. Blake Peasley remains undefeated.
Special Recognition to our very own Olivia Male, who competed at an All Girls tournament this past weekend. War of the Roses is a Girls Wrestling Series which aims to create and improve on expanding opportunities in quality girls wrestling. Olivia brought home a Women’s Michigan State Championship Title in her wt class and age division. She brought her A Game and has been invited to participate in a National Competition for girls by the Head Coach of the USA Women’s Wrestling Team. This is a huge honor for a 10 year old girl! While wrestling continues to be a sport that mostly practiced by boys, the opportunities available for girls in wrestling are growing every year. Women’s wrestling is now an official medal sport at the Olympics and there are more girls’ wrestling teams than ever before. If you’re a girl who’s interested in joining a wrestling team, don’t let the outdated ideas of some discourage you. There are many opportunities out there.
Congratulations to all of our grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!