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WMP wrestlers medal at state

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers that placed at the state tournament. Pictured from left to right:  Back Row, Coach Bill Ketchum and Dave Andrus. Front Row: Josh Vasquez, Luke Egan, Chayson Eberspeaker, Drew Moro and Blake Peasley. Missing are Zak Schmid, Logan Hull, Lucus Pienton and Jordan Andrus. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers that placed at the state tournament. Pictured from left to right: Back Row, Coach Bill Ketchum and Dave Andrus. Front Row: Josh Vasquez, Luke Egan, Chayson Eberspeaker, Drew Moro and Blake Peasley. Missing are Zak Schmid, Logan Hull, Lucus Pienton and Jordan Andrus. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek this past weekend for the 2016 State Finals. Nineteen grapplers entered the competition and nine finished in the top 8 earning All State recognition. WMP claimed 47 victories out of 81 tough battles. The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Quinten Cassiday and Jayden Marcano-Cruz won three matches each. Michael Cannon, Brocke Fisher, Jacob Galinis, Isaiah Sostenes and Aaiden Vasquez won two matches each. Patrick Fliearman and Tyler Parmeter won a match. Final placements are as follows:

Eighth Place medalist is 143 lb Jordan Andrus, High School division. Seventh Place medalists include 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group and 115 lb Logan Hull, High School division. Fourth Place medalist is 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group. Third Place medalist is 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group. Second Place medalists include 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group. 2016 State Champion is 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group.

A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination, drive and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal,” he added.

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Youth wrestlers finish strong at regionals

 

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers had a strong showing at regionals, with 15 placing in the top 6. Several will be headed to state in two weeks. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers had a strong showing at regionals, with 15 placing in the top 6. Several will be headed to state in two weeks. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Last weekend, 19 Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers competed in the MYWAY West Regional Tournament. There were two days of intense competition that resulted in 49 wins, with 15 wrestlers placing in the top 6 spots. Seven of those wrestlers will head to Battle Creek in two weeks for the state tournament. 

Hudson Crystal had the fastest pin for the team with :10, Brandson Wood with :22, and Blake Falan with :30. According to Coach Goike, “Having 15 out of 18 wrestlers place place made for a very impressive finish for the year. The dedication that they have all shown in practice has given them the edge they need to be successful for the State Tournament and beyond.” 

Placing 2nd in the 11-09 ALL 61lb division was Jonathan Libera; in the 08-07 ALL 72lb division was Hudson Crystal; and in the 02-01 ALL 85lb division was Andrew VanGessel.

Placing 3rd in the 06-05 ALL 59lb division was Keaton Klaasen; in the 08-07 ALL 67lb division was Gavyn Byxbe; and in the 04-03 ALL 75lb division wasTrevor Marsman.

Placing 4th in the 08-07 ALL 58lb division was Blake Falan.

Placing 5th in the 11-09 ALL 46lb division was Tucker Crystal, and in the 04-03 ALL 90lb division, Carter Falan.

Placing 6th in the 11-09 ALL 46lb division was Caleigh Wood; in the 11-09 ALL 49lb division was Chasyn Winchel; in the 08-07 ALL 52lb division was Brandson Wood; in the 08-07 ALL 97lb division was Dakota Winchel; in the 06-05 ALL 80lb division was Blake Pickard; and in the 06-05 ALL 130lb division was David DeWeese.

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WMP wrestlers head to state finals

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These West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers will wrestle in the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Northview for the 2016 Western Regionals this past weekend. Twenty-two grapplers placed in the top five out of the 31 entered, and 21 are moving on to the 2016 State Finals. WMP claimed 58 victories out of 67 battles.

One of the highlights of the weekend was Aaiden Vasquez, who battled back for a true second placement with a record of 5-1. Individual placements are as follows:

Fifth Place medalists include 143 lb Jordan Andrus, High School division, and 80 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group.

Fourth Place medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; and 138 lb Patrick Fliearman, High School division.

Third Place medalists include 163 lb Xavier Anderson, High School division; 61 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group and 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Second Place medalists include 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 155 lb Jacob Galinis, High School division; 115 lb Logan Hull, High School division; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division; and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Western Region Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group; and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Special recognition goes out to Luke Egan, Jayden Marcano-Cruz and Blake Peasley for their 2014, 2015 and 2016 West Regional Champion status.

This year’s Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena the weekend of April 1-3. The time is here and the focus is on for the Pursuit to the Podium.

Each year the number grows of how many WMP grapplers qualify for State,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “My first year running WMP, I had seven grapplers qualify with three Regional Champions. Four years later, I have 21 grapplers qualifying with eight Championships. These kids and their parents continue to impress me with their neverending support and dedication. The combined efforts are what make this program such a success.”

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Chargers Finish on High Note, Sweep Senior Night

 

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

In their only home games of the year, the Creative Technologies Academy boys and girls basketball teams came up with great performances, winning both games against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES).

In the first game, the Lady Chargers battled throughout, trailing by as many as 8 in the fourth quarter. Senior Aubrey Slocum and junior Holly Fahling came up with big baskets to give the Chargers their first lead of the quarter with only two minutes remaining. Stifling defense by 8th graders Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson shut down WMAES, and the Lady Chargers went on to win their final home game at Grace Bible College, 34-30.

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

It was the last home game of the careers of Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, and Shauna Russell. Many tears were shed, but it was exactly the way the seniors had hoped to go out, with many hugs passed around after the game. The girls’ team showed great improvement throughout the season, ending with a 4-10 record.

The CTA boys team came out with great intensity after the senior festivities had ended. Junior Brandon Beck and sophomore Dawson Armstrong got started early, and the Chargers never looked back, holding a comfortable double digit lead throughout the majority of the game, winning by 15.

The Chargers varsity team finished with their best record in four years, at 8-6. With no seniors on the team, and growth and maturity expected over the next year, the Chargers could be an extremely dangerous team come next November. Congratulations on a great season, Chargers!

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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

 

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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