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Youth wrestlers at Sturgis, Fulton, Meijer State games

Kaiden Dreyer, first place champion from 2007-08 Novice 80lb Class, pinning his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

On Sunday, February 18, the Libera family travelled to Sturgis, Michigan, where Jon Libera competed in this season’s 6th Greights tournament. He won two out of three matches, scored 6 match points, and his fastest pin was :39. He brought home the 2nd place medal in the 09-10 Open 77lb class. This is his 6th medal in this series.

The Streeter family travelled to Fulton, Michigan for the weekly North Region tournament. Ben Streeter scored 15 total match points (TMP) (63rd), his fastest pin was 1:56 (75th overall) and he took the 1st place spot in the 2011-13 64/67lb class. Bryson Streeter scored 14 TMP (70th) in the 09-10 52lb class. Sierra Streeter scored 19 TMP (35th), her fastest pin was 2:35 (81st) and took 3rd in the 2011-13 43lb class.

Thirty-0ne families travelled to Davenport Sports Complex for the 2018 Meijer Winter Games. There were 716 competitors, the largest wrestler attendance for Meijer Winter Games. 

“We always enjoy this tournament,” said Coach Troupe. “It brings competitors from all over the state, allowing our kids to test their skills against wrestlers they wouldn’t normally see.”

The team had 30 pins in 45:50 (2nd overall), had 4 Techs in 11:43 (2nd), scored 437 Total Match Points (2nd) and finished the day 63-48.

In the 2011-13 Open age group Nolan Averill had 2 pins in 1:12 (61st), scored 33 TMP (33rd) and he placed 3rd in the 49lb class. Dillon VanDyke had the fastest pin for the team with :17 (20th overall), scored 17 TMP and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald scored 32 TMP (40th), had 2 pins 3:01 and after 4 matches placed 1st in the 61/64lb class.

In the 2009-10 Novice age group Alex Hanes had 2 pins in 2:10 (88th), scored 24.0 Team Points (8th) and placed 1st in the 72lb class. Zach Vu scored 9 TMP, his fastest pin was :33 and he placed 4th in the 97lb class.

In the 2007-08 Novice age group Austin Averill had 4 pins in 4:28 (4th), had the most Team Points (1st) with 28.0, scored 19 TMP and placed 1st in the 63lb class. Deegan Pike scored 19.0 Team Points (83rd), 21 TMP and placed 1st in the 67lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had 2 pins in 1:50 (79th), 2 Techs in 6:31 (1st), scored 38 TMP (14th) and placed 1st in the 80lb class. Olivia Lawson placed 3rd in the 85lb class. Thomas Prins scored 27 TMP (71st), his fastest pin was 2:25 and placed 3rd in the 110lb class. In the Open division Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th in the 85lb class. Hudson Crystal had a Tech in 3:12 (31st), scored 41 TMP (8th), his fastest pin was 1:00 and placed 2nd in the 90lb class.

In the 2003-04 division Ricco Artecki scored 10 TMP and placed 3rd in the 95lb class. Carter Falan scored 16 TMP, his fastest pin was 2:39 and he placed 2nd in the 122lb class. Logan Troupe scored 23 TMP, his fastest pin was 3:43 and placed 1st in the 122lb class. 

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