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Red Hawks take 7th at Grandville, 3rd at Allendale

The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 30. They started the day with a loss against Grand Haven, 32-35. Northview was their next opponent with a victory, 40-31. They took a loss to Comstock Park but it was a close dual, 29-33; and the Red Hawks finished the day against Jenison with a win and big lead, 66-12. Out of the 13 teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 7th place. Grandville took the Championship, Hesperia 2nd place, Tri County 3rd place, Grand Haven 4th place, Comstock Park 5th place and Byron Center 6th place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and 125 lb Jordan Ringler all went undefeated with four wins each; 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 112 lb Logan Hull all with three wins each; 171 lb Gage Gardner, 160 lb Nate Patin, 152 Anthony Topolski , 145 lb Xavier Anderson , 135 Jesse Empie and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with two wins each; 215 lb Cody McHenry, 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia, 130 lbs Aaron Smith and Jordan Andrus and 119 Patrick Fliearman with one win each.

Spanish exchange student Gonzalo Baladia entered into his first wrestling tournament and won his first Varsity wrestling match against Jenison. “We are short handed at a few weights and lost two close battles today because of it,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “Hopefully, the boys have learned that every second, every point of each match counts. Moving forward I hope this team can rally around each other and spark the greatness it has the potential to achieve.”

Saturday, January 2, Cedar Springs traveled to Allendale for the Falcon Invite. The tournament attracted 15 area teams and some tough competition. Final team standings were Lakeshore with the Championship and score of 270.5, Allendale took 2nd Place with a score of 180 points and Cedar Springs took 3rd Place with a score of 179.5.

The tournament was broke up into Varsity A and B teams. Cedar Springs entered eleven competitors into the Varsity A division. Final Placements are as follows:

Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season, took home a Championship Title; 171 lb Ryan Ringler also took home a Championship title; 145 Lucus Pienton and 125 lb Jordan Ringler with 2nd Place each; 140 lb Jacob Galinis with 3rd Place; 152 lb Anthony Topolski with 4th Place; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman with 5th Place and 160 lb Nate Patin and 112 lb Logan Hull with 6th Place each. The Varsity B Team entered six competitors. 145 lb Xavier Anderson took home a Championship Title; 171 lb Chris Shaffer with 3rd Place; 130 lb Aaron Smith with 5th Place and 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with 6th Place each.

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WMP wrestlers take top four spots

Results from Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country and US Junior Open Championships

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit entered 15 grapplers to compete at Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country in Battle Creek, and the US Junior Open Championships in Oklahoma (USJOC). Thirteen placed in the top four. Our team battled 37 times, with 24 ending in victory.

All results are for Reeths Puffer, unless otherwise noted. Placements are as follows:

3rd Place Medalists include 58 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley (Spartan Country), 7/8 age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 43 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 85 lb Joshua Howard, 9/10 Novice age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 59/63 lb Joshua Vasquez, 7/8 age group.

Champions are 90 lb Gage Bowen, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58/61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Andrew Moro (USJOC) Division 1; and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

“Our numbers were down for the holidays but the efforts were exceptional. These kids show consistent improvement towards reaching their goal of state and national titles,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, come check us out. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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Be the referee

 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Wrestling weight monitoring 

It has often been said that wrestling is the toughest and most grueling six minutes in all of sports. It is a sport that requires great dedication, discipline and conditioning from those kids that step onto the mat.

One of the most important parts of the high school wrestling program in Michigan is the weight monitoring program. Prior to the season, every wrestler undergoes a body composition test where the body fat percentage of each student is determined and based on that data, a minimum weight and weight class is established for every participant.

This data provides a safe and healthy plan for kids that wish to drop weight and move down to a lower weight class as a wrestler can never lose more than 1.5 percent of their body weight in a given week. This program has made wrestling a safer and healthier sport for every single wrestler in the state of Michigan.

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Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers take home medals

Reeths Puffer medalists kneeling: Wyatt Cooper, Marek Russ, Blake Falan, Trevor Marsman, Hudson Crystal, Gavyn Byxbe and Tucker Crystal. Back Row: Coach Brian Goike, Matthew Vaughn, Carter Falan, Daniel Vaughn, Ariana Meyers, Blake Pickard, Andrew VanGessel, Logan Troupe, Coach Austin Emmery and Coach Jake Marsman.  Photo Courtesy of Jacquie Troupe.

Reeths Puffer medalists kneeling: Wyatt Cooper, Marek Russ, Blake Falan, Trevor Marsman, Hudson Crystal, Gavyn Byxbe and Tucker Crystal.
Back Row: Coach Brian Goike, Matthew Vaughn, Carter Falan, Daniel Vaughn, Ariana Meyers, Blake Pickard, Andrew VanGessel, Logan Troupe, Coach Austin Emmery and Coach Jake Marsman.
Photo Courtesy of Jacquie Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Last weekend marked an end to winter break and the return to the mats for the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club. Fourteen members and their families traveled to tournaments at Reeths-Puffer High School and one to Lawton High School. Thirteen out of the 15 took home medals.

“After a two-week lay off from practice, the kids performed really well today,” said Coach Goike.

First place finishers were Tucker Crystal in the 4/5/6 year old 46lb Open

Division; Blake Falan in the 7/8 year old 55lb, and Hudson Crystal in the

7/8 year old 72lb Novice Divisions; Blake Pickard in the 9/10 year old 80lb

Novice Division; Trevor Marsman in the 11/12 year old 75lb, and Carter Falan in the 11/12 year old 90lb Open Divisions.

Second place wrestlers were Matthew Vaughn in the 9/10 year old 90lb Novice; and Daniel Vaughn in the 11/12 year old 105lb Open Divisions.

Third place grapplers were Marek Russ in the 7/8 year old 67lb Novice

Division; Wyatt Cooper in the 9/10 year old 110lb Open Division; and Andrew VanGessel in the 13/14 year old 80lb Open Division.

Finishing fourth were Logan Troupe in the 11/12 year old 85lb Novice Division at Reeths-Puffer; and Gavyn Byxbe in the 7/8 year old 67lb Open Division at Lawton.

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CS Quad and Kent County Championships

From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

by Barbra Chong

Wednesday, December 16, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted a North Kent Quad where Cedar Springs, Sparta, Rockford and Kent City were all looking for the Championship Title. In the first dual of the night, Cedar Springs defeated Kent City with a final score, 42-27. The Red Hawks then went up against Sparta and lost by a difficult, 9-49. Out of the four teams competing, Cedar Springs took 2nd Place after Sparta.

The two highlights of the evening were wins by junior Jordan Ringler at 119 lbs and junior Patrick Depiazza at Heavyweight.  Jordan Ringler took to the mat against Sparta senior Dylan Wilkins, who is currently ranked #1 in the state of Michigan. Ringler and Wilkins went head to head but Ringler successfully defended Wilkins’ signature low single as time expired, final score 5-3. Patrick Depiazza had the anticipated last match of the evening against Sparta senior Tom Rock, who is currently ranked #2 in the state of Michigan. Depiazza and Rock battled into overtime, with Depiazza defeating his opponent with the first take down and final score of 5-3.

Saturday, December 19, Cedar Springs traveled to Davenport University for the Kent County Championship. The tournament attracted 17 area teams and some of the best wrestlers in the area. The best fan base award was claimed by our very own Cedar Springs crowd. Final team standings were Lowell, 1st Place; Forest Hills Central, 2nd Place; Rockford, 3rd Place and Cedar Springs, 4th Place.

The individual records were: heavyweight, Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 3 wins and took home the Championship title; 119 lb Jordan Ringler, with two wins and 2nd place; 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 171 lb Ryan Ringler with three wins and 3rd place each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus with 4 wins and 5th place; 112 lb Logan Hull and 160 lb Nate Patin with two wins each and 6th Place. 152 lb Anthony Topolski, 160 lb Gage Gardner and 189 lb Chris Shaffer won two matches each and 125 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135 lb Jesse Empie with 1 win each.

“Facing adversity, the boys decided to double down this weekend,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “There were unexpected and eye opening performances throughout the day. In the words of the great Vince Lombardi, ‘It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, as long as you keep getting back up.’ Our fans were spectacular and I love our grassroots mentality. Freshmen Ryan Ringler and Lucus Pienton both proved they are legit contenders with tough battles against all-state seniors.”

If you are able to come support the Red Hawks, the next tournament will be held at Grandville High School, next Wednesday, December 30. Competition will start at 9 a.m.

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WMP wrestlers take top spots

 

Landon Foss took first place in the 7/8 age group in the 55lb weight class. Photo by B. Chong.

Landon Foss took first place in the 7/8 age group in the 55lb weight class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit entered 23 grapplers to compete in both Belding and the Battle of the Bay in Bay City. Nineteen placed in the top four. Our team battled 72 times with 46 ending in victory. Placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Gage Bowen, 7/8 age group in the 95 lb wt class; Casey Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group in the 71 lb wt class; Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class and Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class; Michael Cannon (Battle by the Bay) 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class, Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group in the 130/150 lb wt class, Braden Hallman (Battle by the Bay) 9/10 age group in the 80 lb wt class and Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist includes Maston Wood, 9/10 age group in the 133 lb wt class.

Champions are Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Luke Egan, 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class; Landon Foss, 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class; Andrew Moro, 6 & under age group in the 55 lb wt class; Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class; Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group in the 72 lb wt class and Joshua Vasquez, 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class.

“Wrestling and my team is a passion of mine,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “This group of kids has earned a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. I am very thankful to my wrestlers and their parents for their support and allowing me to make an impact on their lives. Sharing my knowledge to those who wish to learn makes all of my efforts worth it.”

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex, 4758 Cornfield Drive (off Northland). Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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CS Youth wrestlers compete at Belding

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

By J. Troupe

Last weekend the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers hit the mats for the Belding Open & Novice Tournament hosted by the Belding Folkstyle Wrestling Club. We brought 25 grapplers~9 Open and 17 Novice that wrestled a total of 65 matches. “It’s early in the season,” said Coach Marsman. “Practices are so important. They did better than the Lions!”

Our Novice grapplers Caleigh Wood took 2nd place in the 09-11 46B lb weight class, Hudson Crystal took 1st place in the 07-08 72lb weight class, Blake Pickard took 3rd place in the 05-06 80lb weight class, Matthew Vaughn took 3rd place in the 05-06 90lb weight class, Annabelle Wood took 4th place in the 03-04 70/75lb combined weight class & Austin Miller took 2nd in the 03-04 183lb weight class.

The Open contenders were Trevor Marsman, who took 4th in the 03-04 70/75 combined weight class; Ariana Meyers placed 3rd in the 03-04 133lb weight class; and Andrew VanGessel brought home a 2nd place medal in the 01-02 80lb class.

The next competition will be January 3 at Reeths Puffer High School.

Visit their website at http://www.leaguelineup.com/cedarspringswrestling for more info about the club.

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Red Hawk wrestlers place third at Tri County

Cedar Springs junior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with five wins at Tri County.

Cedar Springs junior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with five wins at Tri County.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Tri County on December 12, for the first invite of the 2015-2016 season. The Varsity team is almost at full strength, missing a 103 lb weight class that caused a void this weekend. With the void at 103, this created a 6-point deficit each dual. They defeated Kenowa Hills with a score of 65-9, then defeated Lakeview with a score of 53-22, and continued the winning streak against Pine River with a score of 35-25.

The next dual was a loss against Comstock Park, with a score of 23-43, and finished the day against Tri County with another loss of 18-38. Out of the eight teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the tournament in third place. Comstock Park took second place, and Tri County took first.

The boys wrestle for their individual score but each individual contributes to the overall team score. The individual records are:

Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza who went undefeated with 5 wins; 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 152 lb Anthony Topolski and 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, with 4 wins each; 112 lb Logan Hull and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer with 3 wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135 lb Jesse Empie with 2 wins each; and 119 lb Patrick Fliearman, 160 lb Gage Gardner and TJ Brecken with 1 win each.

The upset of the day was caused by freshman Ryan Ringler, when he wrestled up a weight class and beat Tri County’s Senior state qualifier, Jarrod Tague, by regular decision 11-9.

“The boys strolled into the tournament with their typical Red Hawk swagger. They were tenacious on their feet and ferocious on the mat,” said Varsity Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We have a young team overloaded with potential and starving for glory. If you enjoy wrestling and are looking for entertainment, make the trip to Forest Hills Central to watch the Kent County Championships starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, to support the team and be a part of something special.”

The Junior Varsity took five wrestlers to compete against Tri County on Friday, December 11. The top placers were two freshmen—Aaron Smith who went undefeated with a record of 4-0 and Cody McHenry with a record of 3-1.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville

 

Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.

 

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WMP wrestlers take top four places

Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, 22 West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers competed in Lakewood, Manton and the Metro kick off in Pontiac, and 21 placed in the top four. The team battled 74 times, with 52 ending in victory.

“I am very excited watching these kids exceed my expectations,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Each week this motivates me to keep doing what I do. Looking forward to see what they will do now and in the future.”

Placements are as follows:

4th place medalists include Madisyn Birtley in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 126 lb wt class; Braden Hallman in the 9/10 age group in the 85 lb wt class; and Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class.

3rd place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class; Isaac Casey in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class; Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 age group in the 80 lb wt class; Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 71 lb wt class; and Isaiah Sostenes in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd place medalists include Jacob Howard in the 6 & under age group in the 43 lb wt class; Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class; Joshua Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Kellen Weckesser (Manton) in the 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class; and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 133 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 95/100 lb wt class; Michael Cannon (Metro Kick Off) in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class; Chayson Eberspeaker in the 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class; Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class; Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 72 lb wt class; and Aaiden Vasquez in the 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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