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WMP wrestlers take top spots

WMP finalists in the 7/8 age group, in the 52 lb wt class (from left to right) is Josh Vasquez, 1st Place; Luke Egan, 2nd Place; and Landon Foss, 3rd Place.

WMP finalists in the 7/8 age group, in the 52 lb wt class (from left to right) is Josh Vasquez, 1st Place; Luke Egan, 2nd Place; and Landon Foss, 3rd Place.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled through freezing Michigan weather to compete at a few local tournaments this past weekend.

Six grapplers competed in the Western Region, at Sparta, which offered both Novice and Open. Out of the six that entered, three placed in the top four. Another 23 grapplers competed in the North Region, at Tri County, for the monster trophies offered. Out of the 22 that entered, 18 placed in the top four. One entered the War of the Roses Invitational in Grass Lake, which is a girls’ only tournament. The team battled 83 times overall, with 48 ending in victory.

“There is a saying that practice makes perfect. The kids practice to find out who wrestles better,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “I strongly feel that wrestling is a team sport as much as it is individual, and you are only as strong as your weakest link.Your practice partner determines how you succeed on the mat. It is your practice partner who makes you. I had three of my kids enter into the same bracket this weekend and they took home the top three placements; that makes a statement.”

Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 (Sparta) age group in the 67 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 (Tri County) age group in the 75 lb wt class, Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 64 lb wt clas, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 55 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the elementary (War of the Roses Folkstyle) age group.

3rd Place Medalists include Ever Benitez in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 72 lb wt class, Anthony Brew in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 122 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jaedon Kutzli in the 11/12 (Sparta) age group in the 70 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 90 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the elementary (War of the Roses Freestyle) age group.

2nd Place Medalists include Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 90 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Nathan Male in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 95/100 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 64 lb wt class and Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 138 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 97/112 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 58 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Ethan Kober in the 11/12 (Sparta) age group in the 70/75 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 (Tri County) age group in the 46 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 133 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 (Tri County) age group in the 130 lb wt class.

 

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