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Youth Red Hawks rise to the occasion during big wrestling weekend


By James Streeter

It was a weekend of tough competition for the Red Hawks as two of most prominent tournaments in the state took place in their own back yard, drawing some stiff competition. 

The first tournament was the Bulldog Brawl hosted by Ferris State University where first place finishers received a custom singlet. At FSU, Cedar Spring Youth wrestlers had a solid showing by finishing 5th overall in team points with 204 and 8th overall in pins with 14. Two Red Hawks came away with singlets while many more had good showings, placing in the top 4. 

The other tournament of the weekend was the Meijer Winter State Games.  There the Red Hawks again helped to set the bar as they finished five Red Hawks in the medal round.

Getting things off on the right foot for the Red Hawks and earning himself a singlet was Henry Galinas, who placed first in the 2013-2015 age group 55lb weight class. Also in the 2013-2015 Kamden Kohler had a good showing, placing 3rd in the 58lb bracket.

Four Red Hawks medaled in the 2011-2012 age group saw. Brycen Alber continued his winning ways with a 2nd place finish in the 46lb bracket while Hudson Cassiday also wrestled his way to a 2nd place finish in the 55lb weight class. In the 67lb weight class Dillon VanDyke earned a singlet by taking first place. Rounding out the age group was a strong showing by Jaxon Fitzgerald in the 82lb weight class as he took 2nd.

In the 2009-2010 age group, Cade Troupe wrestled his way to a 4th place finish in what proved to be a loaded 69lb bracket. Earning himself a 3rd place finish in the tough 72lb weight class was Tucker Crystal and Jon Libera managed a 2nd place finish in the 100lb bracket.

At the Meijer State Games, the Red Hawks went 5 for 7 in the medal category. Ethan Trompen had another good showing in the 2013-2015 55lb bracket, earning himself a 3rd place finish. Rory Schoenborn had himself a day earning 2nd place in the 2007-2008 105lb weight class. The 2007-2008 85lb bracket saw two Red Hawks medal as Caleb Austin earned a 2nd place finish and Kale Faurot took 3rd. Finishing out the action was John Elam who had another solid day earning a 4th place finish in the 2007-2008 80lb bracket.

This weekend the Red Hawks’ own west region will host their GREIGHTS tournament at Grandville High School which is sure to draw some of the best competition in the state.

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