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Youth wrestlers earn medals

 

S-Wrestling-youthBy Jacquie Troupe

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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WMP grapplers finish strong at tournaments

Pictured is Drew Moro in the 6 and under age group. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Drew Moro in the 6 and under age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Tri County and Allendale last weekend. Tri County offered monster trophies that our WMP warriors could not turn down. WMP entered 25 grapplers and 20 placed in the top four. Out of 82 battles, WMP claimed 54 victories. Individual placements are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Hayden Moro, 9/10 age group and 55/59 lb Kameron Ogden (Allendale) 9/10 age group.

Third place medalists include 80 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group and 61 lb Logan Galinis, 6 and under age group.

Second place medalist include 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 85/90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 and under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 and under age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group. “West Michigan Pursuit continues to grow. Each week, it’s a proud moment yet heartening when two of my kids meet up in the Finals to square off. I have to sit back and watch them apply what I have taught them without coaching either one. These kids put on an entertaining match every time they step on the mat,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Karger named women’s basketball player of week

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Tiffany Karger, of Cedar Springs, named MIAA Women’s Basketball Player of the week.

Tiffany Karger, a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, who currently plays for Calvin, claimed the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award on Monday, February 22, for games through Feb. 21.

Karger, a junior guard from Cedar Springs, played a key role in the upset over third-ranked Hope on Saturday, February 19, by sinking a career-best five three-point baskets in seven attempts to finish the game with 16 points, one short of her career high. 

On Wednesday, February 17 against Alma, Karger recorded 12 points in the win. The forward also registered a rebound, an assist and a steal against the Scots. All dozen points came from three-point range where she made 50 percent from beyond the arc.

For the week, all nine of Karger’s made field goals were treys to end the week at 60 percent from long range on 9-of-15 shooting. She averaged 14.0 points in an average of 18.0 minutes on the floor.

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Two Cedar Springs seniors to play in All-Star football game

Taylor VanDyke and Cameron Umphrey, both seniors at Cedar Springs High School, have been awarded a spot on the “Muskegon All-Star Classic” football team. They attended the MAC selection banquet on February 17,where they received their awards. This is a great honor, as the MAC chooses players for the All-Star team from 40 West Michigan schools. Taylor and Cameron will be playing in the All-Star game at 7:00 p.m., on June 17, at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, Mich.

The award states “These awards are presented for your hard work and excellence both on and off the field. The WV Foundation is pleased to recognize your achievements among the elite student-athletes in West Michigan, and excited to include you as a participant in the Muskegon All-Star Classic football game and scholarship program.”

The WV Foundation is founded by Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch.  The mission of the MAC is to use athletics as a vector toward higher education and community growth.

The Muskegon All-Star Classic gives graduated senior athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents with the best student athletes in West Michigan, as well as become eligible for scholarship funding and internships through The WV Foundation.  

Since 2011, The WV Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to West Michigan students. Scholarships are generated from proceeds from the Muskegon All-Star Classic.

Watch the website at 1Web-Mac-Award-Vandyke-and-Umphrey 1Web-Wrestling-varsity 1Web-Wrestling-WMP-Jayden-Meijer-State-086 1Web-Wrestling-youth for tickets to go on sale.

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Youth wrestlers finish strong at Meijer games

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers show off their medals from the Meijer State Games. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers show off their medals from the Meijer State Games. Photo by J. Troupe.

 

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club travelled to Grandville High School on Sunday, February 21, to participate in the Meijer Winter Games Open, Novice and High School Tournament. They brought 14 wrestlers, and eight placed in the top four.

It was a great showing in our first statewide tournament,” said Coach Goike.

First place championships went to Blake Falan in the 55lb 07-08 Novice; Keaton Klaasen in the 55lb 05-06 Open; and Carter Falan in the 95lb 03-04 Open divisions.

Second place finishers were Jonathan Libera in the 58lb 09-11 All, and Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 07-08 Open divisions. 

Third place finishers were Blake Pickard in the 80lb 05-06 Novice, and Andrew VanGessel in the 85lb 01-02 All divisions.

Fourth place went to Marek Russ in the 72lb 07-08 Novice division.

Of the 38 matches wrestled, 16 brought CSYWC a victory on the mat. Jonathan Libera had two pins for the day in a total time of 1:17; Blake Pickard had two pins for the day in a total time of 2:05; and Carter Falan had two pins for the day in a total time of 3:10. Keaton Klaasen had two tech falls in a total time of 6:29. Tucker Crystal had the team’s fastest pin with 36 seconds, and Jonathan Libera was close behind with 37 seconds. Way to go boys!

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WMP takes top spots at Meijer games

 

Jayden Marcano-Cruz was a champion at the Meijer State Games last weekend for West Michigan Pursuit. Photo by B. Chong.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz was a champion at the Meijer State Games last weekend for West Michigan Pursuit. Photo by B. Chong.

 

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Grandville High School this past weekend to compete at NEMWA State and the Meijer State Games. The philosophy of the Meijer State Games of Michigan is that everyone participates regardless of age or ability; everyone is welcome and everyone plays. WMP entered 13 grapplers to compete and nine placed in the top four. Out of 49 battles, WMP claimed 31 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Third place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Michael Cannon (NEMWA State) 9/10 age group; and 61/64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

Second place medalists include 55 lb Quinton Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 61/64 lb Luke Egan; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group; and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 43/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group and 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

Our numbers were down this week, but we plan to come back in full force next week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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