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CS Youth wrestling at Meijer State Games 2017

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers Logan Troupe, 3rd place and Carter Falan, 1st place 2004-2005 Open division, 105lb class at Meijer State Games 2017. Photo by J. Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers Logan Troupe, 3rd place and Carter Falan, 1st place 2004-2005 Open division, 105lb class at Meijer State Games 2017. Photo by J. Troupe

By Jacquie Troupe

On Sunday, February 19, 21 wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club competed at Sparta High School in the fourth annual Meijer State Games of Michigan-Winter Games. There were 91 teams and 623 wrestlers gathered to compete in a tournament that focuses on sportsmanship, participation, and healthy living. They finished the day 44-31, with 23 pins and 197 match points. They placed 2nd overall in pins, 12th in match points.

Coach Jake Marsman remarked on how proud he is of all of his wrestlers. “They’ve come a long way this year. We have a lot of beginning wrestlers who are out here every week competing against kids who have been wrestling for years. They are holding their own and even coming home with medals. They are helping rebuild this program from the bottom up with strong family involvement and great pride in their accomplishments. These kids are working hard for a sport they love,” he said.

In the 2010-2012 All division, 49lb-B class Tucker Crystal placed 1st after 3 matches. He had 3 pins in a total time of 1:56. In the 58lb class Chasyn Winchel placed 1st after 3 matches. He had 2 pins in 2:37, scoring 22 match points for the day.

In the 2008-2009 Open division, 64lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd after 4 matches. He had 2 pins in 3:11, scoring 12 match points for the day. In the 72lb class Jonathan Libera placed 4th after 4 matches. He had 1 pin in 2:46.

In the 2006-2007 Novice division, 75lb class Remington DeWeese placed 4th after 4 matches. He had 1 pin in 2:02. In the 110lb class Dakota Winchel placed 1st after 2 matches. He had 2 pins in 2:42. In the 130lb class David DeWeese placed 3rd after 3 matches. He had 1 pin in :43. In the Open Division, 80lb class Hudson Crystal placed 2nd after 6 matches. He had 2 pins in 3:34, scoring 29 match points for the day. In the 150lb class Wyatt Cooper placed 3rd after 2 matches.

In the 2004-2005 Novice Division, 75/80lb combined class Ricco Artecki placed 1st after 4 matches. He had 2 pins in 1:49, scoring 19 match points for the day. In the 100/105lb combined class Ben Brunner placed 1st after 3 matches. He had 3 pins in a total time of 2:22. In the Open Division, 105lb class Carter Falan placed 1st after 3 matches. He had 2 pins in 1:49, scoring 11 match points for the day. Logan Troupe placed 3rd after 3 matches, scoring 13 match points for the day.

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WMP at Meijer State Games

Pictured is Blake Hammer in the 11/12 Novice age group. He won his very first match last weekend, and his coaches and teammates are very proud of him. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Blake Hammer in the 11/12 Novice age group. He won his very first match last weekend, and his coaches and teammates are very proud of him. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Sparta for the Meijer State Games and Indianapolis for the Indy Nationals last weekend.

Blake Peasley entered the 75 lb Intermediate division at the Indy Nationals. He battled thru tough competition and went 2-2 for the day, finishing 4th place overall.

WMP entered 14 grapplers to compete at the Meijer State Games and placed 13 in the top four. 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, finished in 4th Place. 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group, finished in 3rd Place.

In second place was 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group and 75 Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group. Desmond went 4-1, battling his way back for a True Second.

Champions of the day were 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“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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Varsity and JV Cheer are OK White champions

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On Wednesday, February 8, the Cedar Springs JV and Varsity competitive cheer teams traveled to Northview High school for the last conference meet of the competitive season. Both teams left as OK White conference champs, and this is the first time varsity has held this title in school history.
Cedar Springs JV took the mat and after round 1 received a score of 167.80. Round 2 brought them a score of 145.22, and a subtotal score of 303.02. Round 3 earned them a score of 230.20, which gave them a total score of 533.22 and placed them higher then two of the competing Varsity teams.
Four teams competed at the varsity level for the title of OK White conference champion.
Cedar Springs Varsity took the lead after round 1 with the score of 221.90. Round 2 gained them an additional 220.44 points, a subtotal score of 442.34 and a 20-point lead over second place. The completion of round 3 gained them an additional 289.30 points, a total score of 731.64, and secured their first place finish by 30 points to win the OK White conference championship.

“This is the first time Cedar Springs has finished first in their conference for competitive cheer,” said Coach Anne Oszewski. “I am really excited that this group of girls made it happen. And our plan is to make it a tradition! They are a hardworking group that have worked their way up through our rocket cheer program to high school. They have all they need to be awesome. And they are! I love them all fiercely and I want to see them succeed post season!” she remarked.
On Friday, February 10, both teams traveled to Caledonia for the SCOTastic competitive cheer meet.
Four teams competed at the JV level.
Round 1 earned a score of 181.4. After round 2 they gained an additional 170.4 points, bringing their subtotal to 351.8. Round 3 gained an additional 255.5, giving them a final score of 607.34 and ending the night with a second place finish.
Six teams competed at the Division 2 Varsity level. It was a neck and neck fight until the end between Cedar Springs Varsity and Kenowa Hills.
Round 1 earned the girls a score of 224.9 putting them in second place, with less than a 4-point difference. Round 2 gained them an additional 221.88 points bringing their subtotal to 446.78, keeping them in second with less than a 1-point lead. At the end of round 3 they gained an additional 311.5, giving them a final score of 758.28, and ending the night with a second place finish with a difference of just over 2 points.
On Saturday, February 18, the Varsity team will travel to Kenowa Hills for District finals, beginning at 10 a.m. Come show your support for our cheerleaders and their coaches as the continue their fight to the State Finals.

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Two Red Hawks wrestlers district champs

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Two others placed second, and two more finished third

On Wednesday, February 8, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted team Districts. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell short to Sparta with a final score, 33-38. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 125 Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 189 lb Ryan Ringler won their matches.

On Saturday, February 11, the Red Hawks traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. District Champions are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (41-0) and 171 lb Ryan Ringler (42-1). 135 lb Jordan Ringler (36-7) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (31-7) finished in 2nd Place. 125 lb Aaron Smith (35-11) and 160 lb Nate Patin (25-13) finished in 3rd Place. Congratulations to these six individuals who will continue on to Regionals and the chance to compete at the State Finals.

The following individuals ended their season with Varsity wins as listed: 112 lb Nate Male, 18 wins; 119 lb Logan Hull, 26 wins; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 21 wins; 130 Jordan Andrus, 27 wins; 140 Anthony Brew, 14 wins; 140 Jacob Galinis, 24 wins; 152 lb Zak Schmid, 10 wins and 189 lb Chris Shaffer, 13 wins. Regionals will be held at Byron Center, Saturday, Feb. 18 if you would like to continue supporting your Red Hawks.

“The boys put together a memorable season,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Patrick Fliearman and Jordan Andrus, who I will miss in the room everyday. But we will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals.”

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Be The Referee

“Be The Referee” is a series of one-minute messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials. “Be The Referee” features MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl’s insights on officiating.

Post Play

Over the past several years, a point of emphasis in basketball has been to eliminate the unnecessary – and unneeded – rough and physical play, especially in the post area.

This year, a point of emphasis continues to be the calling of an automatic foul whenever a player in the post or lane area commits one of these four actions:

  • It will automatically be a foul whenever one of the post players uses an arm bar;
  • Or when one of those players uses an elbow to gain position;
  • It’s also an automatic foul when that player uses the leg or knee to move an opponent out of the way;
  • Or when that player backs down an opponent to establish new position. Post Play

 

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CS Youth wrestlers battle for Monster Medal

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By Jacquie Troupe

Thirty-one Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers travelled to Greenville last weekend along with 379 other competitors to battle it out for a custom Monster Medal. They came in 2nd place in match points with 339 (Greenville had 349) and 4th in over all number of pins in the shortest amount of time with 20 in 24:28. Wyatt Dickinson put his moves to the test and finished the day with 40 match points! Chaysn Winchel had 2 pins in a combined time of :24, and Tucker Crystal had 3 in 1:10.

“Our kids showed up in force on Sunday and really put their skills to the test—some of them wrestling in their first competitions. And the parent volunteers have been an amazing help every week. We wouldn’t have this level of excellence without them!” said Coach Scott Marsman.

In the 2010-2012 All division, 40lb class, Micah LaFlure placed 4th after 3 matches. In the 43lb-B class Dawson Pike placed 3rd after 4 matches, scoring 19 match points. In the 52lb-B class, Tucker Crystal placed 2nd after 4 matches, and Jayden Mull placed 3rd after 4 matches, scoring 29 match points. In the 55lb class, Chasyn Winchel placed 3rd after 4 matches, and Ben Streeter placed 4th after 3 matches.

In the 2008-2009 Novice division, 58lb class Johnny Fanhauser placed 3rd after 5 matches, scoring 26 match points. In the 58lb-B class, Deegan Pike placed 1st after 3 matches, scoring 26 match points. In the Open division, combined 72/77lb bracket Jonathan Libera placed 2nd in his weight class, 3rd over all after 3 matches. He scored 15 match points.

In the 2006-2007 Novice division, 90lb class Thomas Prins placed 3rd after 4 matches, scoring 16 match points. In the 130lb class David DeWeese placed 3rd after 3 matches. In the Open 80lb class, Hudson Crystal placed 2nd after 3 matches, scoring 7 match points.

In the 2004-2005 Novice division, combined 70/75lb class Ricco Artecki placed 2nd in his weight class, 3rd over all. In the 80lb class Marisol Ramos placed 2nd in her first competition, had her first pin in 2:27 and scored 12 match points for the day. In the combined 85/90lb Mason Vernon placed 2nd in his weight class, 4th over all after 3 matches. In the 95lb class Cole Haack placed 2nd after 3 matches, scoring 7 match points. In the 133lb class Daqwuan Jones placed 3rd in his first competition.

In the 2002-2003 All division, 95lb class Andrew VanGessel placed 2nd. In the combined 170/195lb class Landen Totten placed 1st over all, scoring 9 match points.

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WMP wrestlers finish in top places

West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had another busy weekend of wrestling. 62 lb Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals Midwest Tour. Drew finished 5th Place in the First and Second Grade division.

58 lb Kellen Weckesser entered the Chippewa Hills tournament. Kellen finished 2nd in the 7/8 age group.

WMP had 19 grapplers enter the Greenville Tournament and placed 17 in the top four. 80 lb Isa Starr finished 4th Place in the 9/10 age group. Finishing in third was 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; 55/59 lb Mason Hendrick, 9/10 age group; 52/55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group. In second place was 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group. Sostenes battled hard. He lost his first match of the day and battled back with a record of 5-1 to finish with a true second.

Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 65/75 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 145/155 lb Aaiden Dowdell, 13/15 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

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

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Lady Chargers Take WMAES Tournament Title

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

The Lady Chargers continued to improve on their season by competing in the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) Basketball Tournament. The ladies took on the host WMAES Eagles in the first round and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back while charging to a 31-10 victory. It was CTA’s relentless pressure that enabled the team to force 36 turnovers in the game. Faith Watson led the Lady Chargers with eight points, freshman Hannah Hofstra threw in an additional six points. All of this was supported by senior point guard Holly Fahling who had five points, four rebounds and four assists.

In the Championship games, CTA faced the Grand Rapids Thunder for the the Tournament title.

The Lady Chargers played an aggressive player-to-player defense. Stifling pressure frustrated the Thunder team forcing 32 turnovers which created numerous fast break opportunities for the Lady Chargers’ 37-13. Holly Fahling stepped it up and scored 14 points with five steals and four rebounds. Faith Watson threw in an additional 11 points with Junior Autumn Watson cleaning up the boards with 8 rebounds. All players were able to get into both games and first year players Kaela Bucholtz, Elizabeth Jahns and Molly Wortz also logged points in the tournament. “It is great when when can play good team defense and get all 14 girls significant court time,” stated coach Steven Washington. “All of our players had the opportunity to contribute to a good team win.” With the wins, the Lady Chargers are 5-7 for the year and play this Friday, February 17th at Grace Bible College hosting the Wellspring Academy Wolves.

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Cheer teams compete at Southgate

The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

On Saturday, February 4, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Southgate, Michigan, for the 2017 Southgate invitational.

Five JV teams competed at the JV level.

In round 1, Cedar Springs JV earned a score of 203.40. They gained an additional 175.6 in round 2, bringing their subtotal to 379.00. In round 3 they earned an additional 275.70  points, giving them a total score of 654.70, their highest scores of the season and another first place finish.

Nine teams competed at the Varsity level. At the end of round 1, Cedar Springs Varsity received a score of 224.20. Round 2 brought an additional 217.96 and a subtotal score of 442.16. After a couple of unfortunate errors, they earned an additional 295.8 at the end of round 3 and a final score of  721.96 and a 7th place finish.

On Wednesday, February 8, the JV and Varsity traveled to Northview for their final conference meet of the season. See results in next week’s Post.

On Friday, February 10, they will be traveling to Caledonia for the SCOTastic Competitive Cheer meet. This will be the last regular season competition before heading to districts on February 18 at Kenowa Hills.

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Three Red Hawk wrestlers are conference champs

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Home quad

Wednesday, February 1, Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted a home quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Northview, 71-6 and Grant, 40-24. The team overall record is 21-8 and the Conference Record is 4-2.

125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 103 lb Miles Cartwright and 119 lb Logan Hull all won both of their matches. 125 lb Patrick Flierman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 160 lb Nate Patin, 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 215 Chris Shaffer and 112 lb Nate Male all claimed a victory. Junior Varsity 189 lb Caleb Baty won both of his matches and 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Conference meet

On Friday, February 3, the Red Hawks traveled to Ottawa Hills for the OK White Conference Meet. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (38-0), 171 lb Ryan Ringler (38-1) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (28-5) are the OK White Conference Champions. 160 lb Nate Patin, 140 Jacob Galinis, 135 lb Jordan Ringler and 125 lb Aaron Smith all finished in 2nd Place. 112 lb Nate Male finished in 3rd Place. 189 lb Chris Shaffer and 130 lb Jordan Andrus finished in 4th Place.

Lowell won the Conference out right by going undefeated in the conference and earning a score of 234 for the tournament. Cedar Springs and Greenville shared runner up in the Conference, but the Red Hawks took 2nd in the Conference Tournament with a score of 173.5, while Greenville scored 157.

In the D2 Individual Rankings for the State of Michigan: senior Jordan Ringler is currently ranked #6 at the 135 lb wt class; sophomore Lucus Pienton is currently ranked #7 in the 145 lb wt class; sophomore Ryan Ringler is currently ranked #2 in the 171 lb wt class; and senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #2 in the Heavy Weight division. Congratulations to these student athletes! Their next meet will be at Lowell this Saturday, 2/11, if you are interested in coming to support your Red Hawks.

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