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WMP grapplers earn top spots

Shown here is Josh Howard, a 9/10 year old champion.

Shown here is Josh Howard, a 9/10 year old champion.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Brighton for the Border Wars Monster Medals, Carson City and Fremont this past weekend. Twenty-five grapplers placed in the top five out of the 31 entered. Sixty-two victories were claimed this weekend putting WMP at a 64 percent win ratio.

Highlights of the weekend were Aaiden Vasquez, who battled 5-1 for a true second placement. Drew Moro also had an impressive day. He bumped up an age group and weight class for second placement. Individual placements are as follows:

Fifth Place medalist includes 59 lb Kameron Ogden (Border Wars), 9/10 age group.

Fourth Place medalists include 100 lb Gage Bowen (Carson City) 9/10 age group and 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group.

Third Place medalists include 163 lb Xavier Anderson, High School division; 143 Jordan Andrus, High School division; 59 lb Michael Cannon (Border Wars) 9/10 age group and 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Second Place Medalists include 80 lb Logan Bennett (Carson City) 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 75/80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 55/58 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group; 67 lb Caden Kelley, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro (Border Wars) 7/8 age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez (Border Wars) 7/8 age group.

Champions are 133 lb Michael Carrasco, High School division; 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker (Carson City) 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 155 Jacob Galinis, High School division; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 46/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley (Carson City) 7/8 age group; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

“My team is stepping up their training this week as we head to Regionals for the opportunity to compete at the State Finals next week. In order to secure their place, they must place in the top four. I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers earn medals

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Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club traveled to Brighton, Fremont, Carson City and Ann Arbor last weekend to compete in several tournaments marking the end of the regular season. Twenty-two wrestlers, several coaches and their families represented our community with great sportsmanship. As they head into the MYWAY Regional Championships at Northview High School March 19-20, their hard work and dedication will determine whether they qualify for the State Championship in Battle Creek on April 3. If you see them in school or around town give them a high five and tell them congratulations on a hard fought, respectable season.

Two wrestlers traveled to Brighton High School for the Border Wars Monster Medal Tournament. Hudson Crystal placed 3rd in the 72lb 08-07 Open division. His fastest tech fall was 2:10, 3rd fastest in his age bracket and 11th over all. He qualified for the 2016 Border Wars Folkstyle Nationals at the Kellogg Arena! They finished their day with 5 wins-3 losses.

Ten wrestlers traveled to Fremont High School. Carter Falan finished 4th, David DeWeese finished 3rd, Brandson Wood and Blake Pickard finished 2nd. Dakota Winchel and Annabelle Wood were our first place Champions! They finished the day with 14 wins-18 losses and had 7 pins in a total time of 12:27. Carter Falan had 2 pins in a total time of 2:30, the fastest one for the team being :39. Chasyn Winchel had the fastest technical fall in 2 minutes.

Five wrestlers traveled to Carson City High School. Placing 4th were Gavyn Byxbe and Wyatt Cooper, placing 2nd were Benjamin Streeter and Andrew VanGessel. They finished the day with 5 wins-11 losses. Andrew VanGessel had the fastest pin for the team. Gavyn Byxbe had the most matches for the day with 4.

Seven wrestlers and their families traveled to Saline High School to participate in the Saline Novice Championship alongside 450 other grapplers in 59 divisions. Tucker Crystal placed 4th, Jonathan Libera placed 3rd, Blake Falan, Logan Troupe & Ariana Meyers placed 2nd and our 1st place Champion was Hudson Crystal! Ariana Meyers had 3 pins in a total time of 3:22 and the fastest pin for the team at :26. They finished the day 28-9, 9th place out of 92 teams from all over the state!

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Rock City Indoor BMX Double, Double race weekend

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Come join us for our Race For Life on Saturday, March 19.  No membership required and all proceeds go to benefit Leukemia Lymphoma Society. If you have been out of the game for a while or recently practiced on a One Day pass and would want to try again, all you have to do is show up with your $20 dollar donation and we will sign you up to race. As a bonus, it’s a double point race. Registration is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., racing starts at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, March 20, RCIBMX is hosting its State Qualifier race. Michigan’s USABMX State Series is a fun program that gets riders out to other Michigan tracks and exposes them to different techniques against kids of their own age level and proficiency. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and racing will start ASAP. This is also a double point race.

So visit RCIBMX this weekend for two double point races at 1220 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville, Michigan. Admission is always free and don’t forget we have open $8 practice on Friday, March 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  See you there!

For more info, contact Tracy at 616-696-3368.

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Varsity wrestlers earn all-state titles

Junior Patrick Depiazza placed fourth at state in the heavyweight division.

Junior Patrick Depiazza placed fourth at state in the heavyweight division.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend the Varsity Red Hawks traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills for the 2016 High School State Finals. Four individuals entered the competition and two finished in the top 4.

Junior Patrick Depiazza wrestled the Heavy Weight Division. His first opponent was senior Billy Titoff of Mt. Pleasant and won by major decision 12-1. Another win by fall against sophomore Owen Miller of Marshall kept his momentum going. Senior Sam Benson of Mason proved to be a contender and Patrick took his first loss of the season by a close regular decision 2-3. Depiazza came back against sophomore Evan Gast of Byron Center and won by regular decision 2-1. His last opponent of the season, senior Jake Gnegy of St John, also proved to be a tough competitor and Patrick lost by fall. Patrick ended his season in fourth place, earning an All State title and a record of 52-2. Senior Isaiah Espinoza of Adrian is the Heavy Weight Division 2 State Champion.

Freshman Ryan Ringler placed third at state in the 171 lb division.

Freshman Ryan Ringler placed third at state in the 171 lb division.

Freshmen Ryan Ringler wrestled the 171 lb weight class. He started the competition against junior Gabe Larner of Dewitt and lost by regular decision 4-6. He quickly shook that off as he stepped on the mat with senior Nate Nutter of Gaylord, ending with a win by fall. Next up was senior John Penfold of Goodrich and a win by regular decision 4-3. Ringler kept his momentum going against sophomore Drake Pauwels of New Boston Huron, with another win by regular decision 6-2 and over senior Levi Sabin of Allegan, with a win by major decision 11-2. With pure determination on his mind, his last opponent did not stand a chance. Ringler won by major decision 19-10 against junior Will Feldkamp of Dexter. Ringler came back from his first loss and still ended his season in third place earning an All State Title and a record of 52-5, which is truly unheard of at the State Finals. Junior, Jalani Embree of Warren Lincoln is the 171 lb, Division 2 State Champion.

The other two Red Hawk wrestlers that went to state were junior Jordan Ringler and freshman Lucus Pienton. Both lost their first match, won their second, then lost their third.

“Ryan Ringler pulled off a legendary performance defeating five competitors in a row to capture a third place finish,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “Pat DePiazza showed he is the heavyweight to beat next season in Division II. Jordan Ringler wrestled as well as he had all season but couldn’t quite break through on a tough chart. Freshman Lucus Pienton is the fifth freshman in school history to qualify for state and will contend for the title next season. I’m proud of these kids,” he added.

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Girls youth wrestlers place at War of the Roses

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Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club had three ladies and their families travel to Grass Lake, Mich. for the War of the Roses Michigan Girls State Championship, on Sunday March 6. Caleigh and Annabelle Wood and Ariana Meyers all competed in round robin matches. This style of competition allows the girls to have plenty of quality matches. There were 111 girls who participated in 29 divisions.

Caleigh Wood placed 3rd in the 40-45lb Elementary division; Annabelle Wood placed 4th in the 67-75lb Elementary division; and Ariana Meyers placed 3rd in the 124-134lb Middle School division.

“Three amazing girls went to wrestle against some of the best girls in the state of Michigan,” said Coach Brandon Wood. “Caleigh, a veteran of girls wrestling, has 3 years experience and fought a hard bracket for third. Ariana and Annabelle, both first year wrestlers, showed great heart. Ariana quickly made a name for herself, giving both girls she lost to a heck of a run for their money. I’m proud of our outstanding Cedar girls!”

Check out www.waroftheroseswrestling.com for more information on girls’ competitions.

If you are interested in wrestling locally, please contact us through our facebook page: Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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Youth wrestlers earn medals

 

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Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their families had a busy weekend! A total of 12 wrestlers travelled to Thornapple-Kellog High School for a MYWAY West Regional Tournament, Shepherd High School for a MYWAY North Regional Tournament and Grass Lake High School for the War of the Roses Girls State Championship (see article here for girls results).

Blake Falan placed first in the 08-07 55lb novice Division.

Jonathan Libera placed second in the 11-09  Combined 61/64lb all; Logan Troupe placed second in the 04-03 90lb novice; and Carter Falan placed second in the 04-03 90lb open divisions.

Wayne White placed fourth in the 143 high school division.

At the end of the day, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers competed in 38 matches resulting in 21 wins and 17 losses. Carter Falan had the most pins in the least amount of time with three pins in 9:48 and the fastest tech fall with two minutes. Blake Falan was second with two pins in 4:10. Overall, eight team pins in a total time of 20:53 for the day!

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WMP wrestlers place 16 in top spots

Pictured is Zak Schmid, 138/145 lb, 13/14 age group Champion. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Zak Schmid, 138/145 lb, 13/14 age group Champion. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Thornapple Kellogg and the Last Man Standing tournament in Huron this past weekend. The Last Man Standing tournament offered singlets for the Champions. WMP entered 21 grapplers and 16 placed in the top four.

Out of 68 battles, WMP claimed 50 victories. Highlights of the day were Xavier Contreras and Aaiden Vasquez who had records of 5-1 for the day to battle back for true second placements. Individual placements are as follows:

Fourth Place Medalist: 95/100 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group.

Third Place Medalist: 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group (Huron).

Second Place Medalists: 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group (Huron); 58 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group (Huron); 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 61/64 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 46/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group; 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group; 51/55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

“As we get closer to Regionals, we are starting to peak at the right time and their confidence grows each week. The boys are learning to focus on their own in preparation of their matches,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Girls bowlers going to state for first time

The girls Red Hawk bowling team is going to state for the first time ever. Emma Schut (second from the right) qualified is also going to state as an individual bowler.

The girls Red Hawk bowling team is going to state for the first time ever. Emma Schut (second from the right) qualified is also going to state as an individual bowler.

Dugan Conely is going to state as an individual boys bowler.

Dugan Conely is going to state as an individual boys bowler.

The Red Hawk girls bowling team had regionals on Friday, February 26 at Spectrum Lanes. They placed third, which qualified them to go to state. This is the first time ever the girls team has made it to state.

Regionals for individuals was held Saturday, February 27. We had one girl and one boy make it to state. Congratulations to Dugan Conely and Emma Schut for taking third place at regionals. Good luck at state.

State is held Friday, March 4 for the team event and Saturday, March 5 for individuals in Canton, Michigan.

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Wrestling tournament canceled due to power outage

Pictured is Red Hawk middle school wrestler Fernando Pedraca.

Pictured is Red Hawk middle school wrestler Fernando Pedraca.

By Colleen White

Cedar Springs Middle School wrestlers attended a tournament at Sparta on Friday, February 19.

The multi-team tournament proved to be tough competition for our young grapplers. They started the night versus Greenville and lost 70-6. The next team up was Lowell, with our young team losing 46-30. The third team in the line up was Forest Hills Northern. Our Red Hawks were taking an early lead when the meet was canceled due to a power outage. Our young Red Hawks showed a lot of heart in all their matches.

The team was at home on Tuesday March 1, and will be home again on Tuesday, March 8, at the Middle School, at 4:15 p.m. Come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Youth wrestlers rack up 20 pins

Brandson Wood pins his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

Brandson Wood pins his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club travelled to Allendale H.S. and Tri County H.S. for MYWAY tournaments Sunday 02/26/16. 29 wrestlers represented Cedar Springs with 3 at Allendale and 26 at Tri County. The team had 54 wins and 51 losses overall. There were 20 pins in a total time of 23 minutes, 52 seconds. Brandson Wood had 3 pins in a total time of 1:39. Cade Troupe had 2 pins in a total time of 42 seconds. Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in a total time of 1:16. Jonathan Libera had 2 pins in a total time of 2:06. Blake Pickard had 3 pins in a total time of 3:49.

Fastest pins of the day go to Hudson Crystal with 18 seconds, Cade Troupe with 19 and 23 seconds, Gavyn Byxbe with 20 seconds and Brandson Wood with 23 and 33 seconds.

Fourth place finishers were Caleigh Wood in the 11-09 ALL 43lb division (TC), Hudson Crystal in the 08-07 ALL 72lb division (TC), Annabelle Wood placed 04-03 ALL 75lb division (TC),  Logan Troupe in the 04-03 ALL 90lb division (TC) and Kamden Klaasen in the 02-01 ALL 100/107lb division (TC). 

Blake Pickard placed third in the 06-05 NOVICE 80lb division (Allendale).

Second place went to Brandson Wood in the 08-07 ALL 52lb division (TC), Keaton Klaasen in the 06-05 ALL 59lb division (TC), Carter Falan 04-03 ALL 90lb division (TC), Andrew VanGessel in the 02-01 ALL 85/90lb division (TC) and Daniel Vaughn in the 04-03 OPEN 100/105lb division (Allendale).   

First place champions were Matthew Vaughn in the 06-05 NOVICE 90lb division (Allendale) and Jonathan Libera in the 11-09 ALL 61lb division (TC).

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