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Cedar Springs wrestlers sharp at tri, Sparta invite

The Cedar Springs varsity wrestling team took second place at the Sparta Invitational. Photo by B. Chong.

The Cedar Springs varsity wrestling team took second place at the Sparta Invitational. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted a tri meet and parent night last Wednesday, January 13. Unfortunately, with the inclement weather, some of the competition had to back out last minute. Three of the freshmen on the Junior Varsity team won matches: Aaron Smith, Xavier Anderson and Anthony Brew. Northview was the only competition of the evening and the Red Hawks claimed a victory with a final score 45-21.

The following also claimed victories, which contributed to the overall score: 119 lb Jordan Ringler, 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Lucus Pienton, 171 lb Gage Gardner, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza.

Saturday, January 16, the Red Hawks traveled to Sparta for their 40th annual invitational. The competition attracted 19 area teams looking to compete for the coveted championship titles. Final team placements ended with Sparta in first place with a score of 223.5; Cedar Springs in second place with a score of 162.5; and Tri County in third place with a score of 135.5.

Claiming championship titles was 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season.

In third place was 145 lb Anthony Topolski; in fourth place was 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 152 lb Lucus Pienton; in sixth place was 112 lb Logan Hull and 140 lb Jesse Empie. Out of the 196 wrestlers competing, freshman Ryan Ringler was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

Ringler pinned his first opponent with a 12 second pin; his second opponent with a 1:01 pin; and his third opponent by regular decision 10-3.

“We’ve started to gain some momentum and hopefully we can roll that through the rest of the season to finish strong and accomplish our goals,” said head coach Nick Emery.

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WMP wrestlers earn top spots

Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Byron Center this past weekend, which proved to be a tough tournament with over 700 grapplers competing. WMP entered 23 and placed 18 in the top four.

We have three Champions who remain undefeated this season: Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group.

Out of 75 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 75 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 and under age group.

Third place medalists include 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 and under age group; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

Second place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group and 90/95 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 and under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Joshua Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“With a tournament this size, it gives us a great perspective of where we stand within the West Region. These kids continue to exceed my expectations, [and] I am very proud of how they performed today,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers earn medals

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On January 17, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club traveled to Byron Center High School. There were over 700 wrestlers entered into this week’s MYWA West Tournament. We brought 22 grapplers and 12 placed in the top 4 of their divisions!

Fourth place medalists were Caleigh Wood in the 43lb, 09-11 All, Brandson Wood in the 49lb, 07-08 Open, Carter Falan in the 95lb, 03-04 Open and Andrew VanGessel in the 01-02 Open classes.

Third place finishers were Jonathan Libera in the 58lb, 09-11 All, Hudson Crystal in the 72lb, 07-08 Open, Trevor Marsman in the 75lb, 03-04 Open and Ariana Meyers in the 133lb, 03-04 Open classes.

Second place grapplers were Blake Falan in the 58lb, 07-08 Novice and Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb, 05-06 Open classes.

First place wrestlers were Logan Troupe in the 85lb, 03-04 Novice and Austin Miller in the 183lb, 03-04 Novice classes.

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Cedar suffers tough losses to Lowell and Wyoming

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Defense continues to improve

By Rebekah Cronk

On Tuesday, January 5, the varsity basketball game had fans on the edge of their seats as Cedar Springs went head to head with Lowell.

“Lowell is one of the better teams in the area this season. We battled with them throughout the game,” said Cedar Springs varsity basketball coach Jeff Patin.

The Red Hawks lost against Lowell with an ending score of 73-58. The game was close and the basketball team definitely gave the Arrows a run for their money.

“We played Lowell last year in the regular season and the districts, unfortunately, [we lost] both times. Their program has improved much in the last several years,” said Patin.

Although Cedar Springs suffered a loss at Lowell, there were some highlights throughout the game. Jameson Pavelka led the team with 17 points, and Taylor VanDyke added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Cedar Springs varsity basketball team has not won against Lowell the last few times they played against them, but their losses against the team will not hinder their hopes for the next time they take them on.

The Cedar Springs varsity basketball team also battled it out with Wyoming on Friday, January 8.

“It was our first league game and we wanted to come out with a good start. We didn’t play particularly well in the first half. We were trailing by 9. In the second half, we fought back and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter. From that point, the game was back and forth,” said Patin.

Unfortunately, the Red Hawks lost that night against Wyoming with a final score of 69-66.

“Losing on Friday is a minor setback for us, but we’ll keep focusing on the areas we need to improve,” said Patin.

It wasn’t the strongest week for the varsity basketball team, but they’re taking the losses against Lowell and Wyoming and spinning something positive out of it.

“Our defense has continued to improve. We will [continue] to work in all areas as we approach the midpoint of the season,” said Patin.

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Red Hawks take two at Tri Conference

Red Hawk Jordan Andrus (130 lbs) was one of several Cedar Springs wrestlers that went undefeated last Wednesday. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Jordan Andrus (130 lbs) was one of several Cedar Springs wrestlers that went undefeated last Wednesday. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Comstock Park last Wednesday, January 6, for a Tri Conference Meet. The evening was a huge success for the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs took on Greenville with a long anticipated win 34-24.This is the first victory against the Jackets since 2003. Next they took on the Panthers of Comstock Park and took another win with a large point advantage of 39-18. This currently puts the Red Hawks 1-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.

Individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight, Patrick Depiazza, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, 160/171 lb Nate Patin, 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 125 Jordan Ringler all went undefeated.

Our 215 lb Chris Shaffer, 171 lb Gage Gardner, 152 lb Anthony Topolski and 112 lb Logan Hull all had one win each, which contributed to the overall team scores.

Some highlights for the Red Hawks: three grapplers are currently ranked on Michigan Grappler, where the best of the best are featured. Featured is our 119 lb Jordan Ringler (Junior) currently ranked #5; 171 lb Ryan Ringler (Freshmen) currently ranked #7; and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (Junior) currently ranked #4 in the State of Michigan.  Depiazza also remains undefeated this season.

“The Cedar boys have become fierce and relentless in their pursuit of the Conference Championship. Their skill, commitment, and team cohesion bloom as a garden in the month of June,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Red Hawks bowlers place third

Two Red Hawk bowlers received medals at the Jenison invitational. Dugan Conely (L) and Trevor Ruark (R).

Two Red Hawk bowlers received medals at the Jenison invitational. Dugan Conely (L) and Trevor Ruark (R).

On Jan 9, at the Jenison invitational, the Red Hawk boys bowlers qualified 2nd out of 5, but placed 3rd for the overall invitational. The top five bowlers were honored, and we had two that received medals: Dugan Conely placed 5th, with a 182 and 248 game, with a 430 total; and Trevor Ruark placed 2nd, with a 224 and 233 game with a 457 total.

“The boys bowled very good,” said Coach Jackson.

The team also had a match on Monday, January 11, at Spectrum lanes against Wyoming and won.

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Red Hawk girl bowlers take 2nd

Pictured left to right: Coach Jackson, Ellie Ovokaitys, Kathy Dancer, Melissa Meguire, Rebecca Williams, Allyson Marvel, Emma Schut, Sarah Galloway, and Breanna Feikema.

Pictured left to right: Coach Jackson, Ellie Ovokaitys, Kathy Dancer, Melissa Meguire, Rebecca Williams, Allyson Marvel, Emma Schut, Sarah Galloway, and Breanna Feikema.

On December 29, at Park Center Lanes, the girls team took second place at a baker tournament.

“The girls were bowling well and qualified 7 out of 8 teams,” said Coach Jackson. “It came down to Cedar and Northview to determine who would win. It was the 10th frame and Northview needed a strike to beat us. They got that strike, beating us by one pin. It was a great game.”

The girls had a match Monday January 11 at Spectrum Lanes against Wyoming and won. During the match, Allyson Marvel bowled a 265 game.

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WMP claims 14 championship titles

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By Barbra Chong

Last weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to compete at Big Rapids in the North Region for the trophies offered, Grand Haven in the West Region and the Salina Open in Oklahoma. WMP had 29 grapplers competing, placing 26 in the top four and claiming 14 championship titles.

Placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 71 lb Casey Eberspeaker, 9/10 age group; 100 lb David Erxleben, 13/14 age group; 58 lb Logan Galinis in the 6 & under age group; 59 lb Kameron Ogden in the 9/10 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser in the 7/8 age group.

3rd Place Medalist include 95 lb Gage Bowen in the 9/10 age group; 130 lb Isaac Casey in the 9/10 age group; 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes and 95 lb Dylan Whidden in the 13/14 age group.

2nd Place Medalist include 85 lb Joshua Howard in the 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Kaden Schmid in the 11/12 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez in the 6 & under age group.

Champions are 80 lb Logan Bennett (Grand Haven) in the 9/10 age group; 59 lb Michael Cannon in the 9/10 age group; 80/85 Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker in the 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group; 85/90 lb Brocke Fisher in the 13/14 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group; 46 lb Jacob Howard in the 6 & under age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 7/8 age group; Andrew Moro (Salina Open Oklahoma) in Division One; 72 lb Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group; 145 lb Zak Schmid in the 13/14 age group; 55 lb Joshua Vasquez in the 9/10 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood in the 11/12 age group. Special recognition goes to Chayson Eberspeaker and Luke Egan, who remain undefeated this season, and to Andrew Moro, who was recognized as Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

“Watching them build momentum each week is exciting.  Their passion and drive is adding fuel to their levels of confidence. I am thankful for my athletes and the support of their parents,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers medal at tournaments

Troupe facing off against his opponent in the 46lb 09-11 All class. Photo courtesy of J. Troupe.

Troupe facing off against his opponent in the 46lb 09-11 All class. Photo courtesy of J. Troupe.

By J. Troupe

Despite the weather last Sunday, January 10, the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 21 wrestlers to tournaments in Grand Haven and Big Rapids.

“The kids are really starting to put their moves into action and it’s showing in their matches. Out of 21 wrestlers, 15 medaled. We have some great young wrestlers!” said Coach Jake Marsman.

Ending the day 4th in their weight classes were Tucker Crystal in 46lb 09-11 All, Zack Haack in the 61lb 07-08 Novice & Gavyn Byxbe in the 67lb 07-08 Open brackets.

Finishing in 3rd Place was Logan Troupe in the 85lb 03-04 Novice bracket.

2nd Place grapplers were Treyce Niles in the 49lb 09-11 All, Reed Haack in the 61lb 09-11 All, Trevor Marsman in the 75lb 03-04 Open and Austin Miller in the 183lb 03-04 Novice brackets.

1st Place Champions were Blake Falan in the 55lb 07-08 Novice, Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb 05-06 Open, Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 07-08 Open, Blake Pickard in the 80lb 05-06 Novice, Andrew VanGessel in the 85lb 01-02 All, Carter Falan in the 90lb 03-04 Open and Ariana Meyers in the 133lb 03-04 Open brackets.

If you would like to check out our program please feel free to check out a practice at the Cedar Springs High School on Tuesday or Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the wrestling room.  Also look up our Facebook page Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling or our homepage http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cedarspringswrestling.

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DK Gold Cup race in Greenville

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Rock City Indoor BMX of Greenville, Michigan will host a Regional DK Gold Cup Qualifier on January 31.  Spectating is always free of charge and the racing starts at noon. Come watch 300-plus riders from around the state participate in this special event. We are located 1220 N.Lafayette (in the old Meijer building north of downtown Greenville). For more information about BMX (Bicycle Racing) or on this event contact Tracy at 616-696-3368 or to find a BMX track near you visit USABMX.COM

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