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Ringler takes state

Six individual Red Hawk wrestlers competed at state last weekend (L to R): Jacob Galinis, Anthony Brew, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith. That’s the first time Cedar Springs sent that many since 1992.

Six Red Hawks earned the trip to Ford Field to compete in the MHSAA State Championships last weekend. “They would like to thank all of the family and friends who made the journey and shared in the adventure. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it,” said Coach Nick Emery.

Trevor Marsman, Aaron Smith, Jacob Galinis, and Anthony Brew all made their first appearance at the State tournament and wrestled tremendously. The boys trained hard and were grateful for the opportunity to compete. Marsman, Smith, and Brew will look to return next season and stand on the podium, while Galinis walks away as one of the most decorated Red Hawk wrestlers of the decade.

Lucus Pienton and Ryan Ringler were no strangers to the State Tournament. Both juniors placed third as sophomores and made the trip down their freshman season as well.

 Pienton dropped a quarterfinal match to the eventual runner-up but went on to win three straight and take third place once again. He finished the season with an outstanding 50 victories, Already a two time medalist, Pienton will look to cap off his sensational career next season with a State Championship.

Ryan Ringler has been on a tear since he began as a freshman. A third place finish as a freshman and sophomore wouldn’t deter him on his quest for a championship. Ringler breezed through the opening round, then captured a 7-4 decision in the quarterfinals. His semifinal matchup with Juawan Vines ended in a tech fall. Next up came Cade Dallawitz, a 54-4 junior from Holly. Ryan scored the first takedown then never looked back, claiming a 9-4 decision and a State Championship for Cedar Springs.

The State Championship is the first by a Red Hawk since Dean Myers in 1998, and the 11th in program history. With 55 wins, Ringler also set a new school record formerly held by heavyweight teammate and state runner-up Patrick DePiazza, who claimed 54 wins in 2016.
 

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WMP wrestlers bring home 11 championship titles

Pictured is champion 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 17 grapplers to wrestle this weekend, placing 14 in the top 3. Of the 14 placements, 11 were Championship Titles. Team Pursuit claimed 47 victories out of 58 matches. 

Northview attracted nine of our wrestlers. 52/55 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group; 52/55 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group all claimed Championship Titles. 

Eight of our wrestlers travelled to the “East” Downriver and last of the Greights tournaments of the season. 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group finished 3rd. 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. 43 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group all claimed Championship Titles. 

“These kids have been stepping up their training and have been pushing each other at practice to secure their spot for an opportunity to compete at the State Finals. I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers take first at Northview

Jon Libera took third in the 2009-10 open division, 77 lbs class at Downriver, Michigan last Sunday, March 4.

The Libera family followed the road to Greightness to Downriver, Michigan on Sunday March 4. Jon Libera joined 756 wrestlers for the Eastern piece of the Greights medals. His fastest pin was :33 (91st), he had 2 pins in 3:33 and he placed 3rd in the 2009-10 Open division, 77lb class. Jon said he liked traveling to all the different parts of the state to see how other kids wrestle and he really liked staying in all the hotels!

525 grapplers headed to the Wildcat Brawl at Northview HS on Sunday March 4th. 48 CS wrestlers led the team to a first place finish in pins with 39 in 63:27 and in Total Match Points with 516. They placed 2nd in Techs with 4 in 11:44. They finished the day 89-73. 

Coach Scott Marsman said he couldn’t be happier with how the team is finishing out the season. “As we head into Regionals at Belding HS this weekend, I’m hoping the kids use everything they’ve learned to their advantage and do their best. They will work hard to make it into the top four to qualify for State.”

In the 2011-13 divisions Brycen Alber placed 1st in the 43lb class. Nolan Averill’s fastest pin was :14 (3rd), he had 3 pins in 2:09 (7th) and placed 2nd in the 52lb class. Dillon VanDyke’s fastest pin was :14 (3rd), he had 2 pins in :48 (35th) and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 3rd in the 61/64lb class. Ben Streeter’s fastest pin was :33 (58th), he had 2 pins in 2:25 (63rd) and placed 1st in the 67lb class. 

In the 2009-10 Novice division Kyle Hetrick placed 4th in the 58lb class. Alex Hanes’ fastest pin was in :21 (20th), he had 2 pins in 1:48 (53rd) and placed 1st in the 67/72lb class. Zach Vu had 2 pins in 3:47 (83rd) and placed 1st in the 97lb class. In the Open division Tucker Crystal had a tech in 2:09 (10th) and placed 2nd in the 58lb class. Chasyn Winchel placed 2nd in the 67lb class. 

In the 2007-08 Novice division Trenton Perez placed 3rd in the 59lb class. Spencer Schoenborn had a tech in 2:06 (9th), 4 pins in 6:05 (4th) and placed 2nd in the 67lb class. Rory Schoenborn’s fastest pin was in :26 (35th), he had 3 pins in 4:58 (22nd) and placed 1st in the 80lb class. Thomas Prins had 2 pins in 4:07 (93rd) and placed 1st in the 110lb class. In the Open division Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 71lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had a tech in 4:30 (33rd) and placed 3rd in the 80lb class. Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in 3:42 (79th) and placed 1st in the 85/90lb class. Dakota Winchel placed 3rd in the 130lb class. 

In the 2005-06 Novice division Jack Sherburn had 2 pins in 3:38 (74th) and placed 3rd in the 75lb class. In the Open division Gabe Gair placed 1st in the 105lb class. Wyatt Cooper had 2 pins in 4:06 (92nd), placed 1st in the 183/HWT class. In the 2003-04 divisions Ricco Artecki placed 3rd in the 90/95lb class. Joey Meade placed 3rd in the 100lb class. Carter Falan placed 2nd in the 114lb class. Ben Brunner’s fastest pin was :31 (54th), he had 2 pins in 2:47 (66th) and placed 2nd in the 122lb class. Maston Wood placed 3rd in the 170lb class. In the HS division Andrew VanGessel had a tech in 2:59 (20th) and placed 3rd in the 106/115lb class. David Erxleben placed 3rd in the 133lb class.

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Girls bowling team headed to state

The Cedar Springs girls bowling team is headed to state. Pictured L to R: Coach Tim Jackson, Rose Baty, Alexa Thompson, Katelyn Paige, Michayla Paige, Gabi Lamek, Sarah Galloway, Omani Morales, assistant coach Trevor Ruark.

Two individuals also to compete at state level

Individuals headed to state competition are senior Josh Hamilton (4th), and Omani Morales, the top girls bowler at regionals.

Both the Cedar Springs boys and girls bowling teams competed at regionals in Muskegon on Friday, February 23, and individual bowlers competed on Saturday, February 24.

The girls team finished second in the region, securing a trip to state for the third year in a row. Mona Shores came in first, and Sparta placed third. 

The boys team finished fourth, behind Kenowa Hills (1), Lowell (2), and Northview (3).

Individuals making it to state were sophomore Omani Morales, who finished as the top girls bowler in the region, with a six-game total of 1168; and senior Josh Hamilton, who finished fourth, with a six-game total of 1190.

State competition for teams is in Canton on Friday, March 2. Individuals will compete on Saturday, March 3.

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Freshmen girls basketball finish undefeated in conference

Abby Buttermore with the ball.

Freshmen girls basketball team wins conference.

The Red Hawks freshmen girls had two goals in mind when the season started. They wanted to win the OK White freshmen conference title and have fun. They did that and then some. The season started rough with a loss to open the season, but the girls quickly got things together and finished the season 16-2 over 12-0 against conference teams, ending the season on a 13-game win streak.  

“We had a bit of an identity crisis with six girls being moved up to JV and Varsity, to start the season,” Coach Steven Washington said. “We figured out our identity pretty quick for losing so many players.”  

The teams focused on playing aggressive man to man defense the full length of the floor and it paid off for them. The girls are an experienced athletic team led by captains Abby Buttermore, Gloria Alvarez and Morgan Reyers, as the primary ball handlers.  Sydney Schafer and Baylee Mosher provided much needed inside scoring.  

“Hailey Begeman got pulled up to JV halfway through the season. We were happy for her opportunity, but knew others needed to step up in her absence,” said Washington. Rose Pigorsh helped ease Begeman’s loss by filling the inside with intense defense averaging 4 blocks per game. The team got key back-up support from Kaleigh Hull and Makayla Pierce.  This season the freshmen had three foreign exchange students, Amanda Verella (Brazil), Alice Gelli(Italy), and Klaudia Kulakowska(Poland).  

Washington added, “I am extremely proud of not only the record but the hard work and the growth these ladies made this year.”  

Gloria Alvarez summed up the season when she said, ‘This season was one where I worked my hardest to improve, made great progress and had so much fun.”

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Two compete in Michigan’s indoor state track meet

Brandon Sawade

Corey Bowers

Brandon Sawade and Corey Bowers put in time and training over this winter and competed in the Michigan Indoor Track Series (MITS). Both met state qualifying standards to compete in the Michigan Indoor Track Series State Meet, which took place at Saginaw Valley State University on February 24 and February 25. 

Senior Brandon Sawade met state qualifying standards for boys’ pole vault with a height of 13’3” at Grand Valley State University on January 13. This 2018 trip to the state meet was Brandon’s second time competing at the indoor state meet. Brandon is a member of Landon Athletics where he has been practicing this dynamic and complex sport that requires a high level of athleticism and skill. Brandon placed an impressive 9th at the indoor state meet with a jump of 13’3” on February 24. 

Freshman Corey Bowers qualified to run in the state meet in the 800-meter run and the 1600-meter run. Corey ran the 1600-meter run as participants are only able to compete in one individual event per MITS rules.  Coming into the race, Corey was one of only two freshmen in the state to qualify and was seeded 25th of 41 runners. Corey finished with a personal record and time of 4:29.83 and placed 17th overall, gaining eight spots. 

Congratulations to both Brandon and Corey and best of luck to them in their 2018 outdoor track season for Cedar Springs High School.

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Cheer team finishes fifth at regionals

The 2017-18 Competitive Cheer team are both conference and district champions. They placed fifth at regionals.

Competitive Cheer all-conference athletes this year, from L to R: Gabby Endres, Sophie Mihlethaler, Emily Pierson, Kaley Louck, Elayna Male. Not pictured: Honorable Mention Paige Pierson and Kacie Uhall.

Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer competed in Regional competition at Thornapple Kellogg High School on Saturday, Feb 24. Competition was very tight with Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Mona Shores, Reeths Puffer and DeWitt. 

According to Cheer coach Anne Olszewski, they were going into the last round ahead of the Reeths Puffer and DeWitt, giving them an opportunity to advance to state finals. “We stunted our very best round 3 to date until the very last sequence, where we had a fall that landed us an 8-point penalty and we did not advance by 2 points,” she explained. That placed them fifth.

Coach said the team was crushed and disappointed. “We had worked so hard this season and really wanted to advance for the 6 seniors that will be leaving us at the end of this year,” she said. “They have been wonderful leaders and assets to the team function as a whole. Four of them were in all three rounds.”

Seniors include Kaley Louck, Sophie Mihlethaler, Emilee Hickox, Jasmine Suschil, Kacie Uhall and Peyton Elliston. “They have left an incredible legacy for our program and the remaining members are focused and determined to get to state next year,” she said. “I have no doubt those six girls will be there cheering us on!”

As a coach, Anne has come to rely on several of the seniors over the years. “I have coached 4 of them for the last six years.  It is going to be a completely new experience for me not having Kaley, Sophie, Emilee and Jasmine on the mat next year.  This team has my heart. We will continue to succeed and love having the alumni come back and cheer us on each year!  This year we had 12 former cheerleaders there rooting for us at TK. It was amazing having them there and meant the world to the team!” she said.  

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CS Youth wrestlers still going strong

By Jacquie Troupe

“This week marks the 15th week of the Youth wrestling season. We started out the year with 82 wrestlers and we still have over 50 coming to practice twice a week,” said Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling coach Richard Haack. “We’ve had 50 percent or better placing at every tournament, with our first year wrestlers holding their own against opponents who’ve competed twice as long. We have a tough competition at Northview this weekend and Regionals will be here in a week and a half. I’m very excited about the number of kids I see qualifying for State.” 

The Streeter family travelled to Evart, joining 115 other grapplers in the weekly North Region tournament. Sierra Streeter’s fastest pin was 2:53 (80th), she scored 25 Total Match Points (10th) and placed 3rd in the 2011-13 43lb class. Bryson Streeter’s fastest pin was :39 (27th), he scored 10TMP (50th) and placed 2nd in the 09-10 52lb class. 

377 wrestlers headed to Traverse City to compete for this weeks Upper Peninsula shaped Greights medal. Four CSYWC grapplers competed and four brought home medals! Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 4th in the 2011-13 61lb class. Chasyn Winchel placed 3rd in the 09-10 67lb class. Jon Libera placed 4th in the 09-10 77lb class. Dakota Winchel placed 3rd in the 07-08 130lb class. 

420 wrestlers competed for the top spots at The Trojan Battle at the Bayou. CSYWC brought 26 grapplers with 21 placing in the top 4. They had 26 pins in 46:05 (3rd), 4 Techs in 10:31 (3rd), scored 437 TCMP (3rd) and finished the day 58W-34L (15th).  

In the 2011-13 age group Brycen Alber had a pin in 2:55 and placed 2nd in the 43lb class. Karsen Roelofs had 4 pins in 8:35 (5th), scored 35 TMP (17th) and placed 3rd in the 46lb class. Dillon VanDyke scored 32 TMP (21st) and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. 

In the 2009-10 Novice age group Tucker Dines had the overall fastest Tech with :46 (1st), his fastest pin was :45 (84th), he scored 30 TMP (36th) and placed 1st in the 55lb class. Zac Vu placed 3rd in the 97lb class. In the Open division Caleigh Wood placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Tucker Crystal scored 24 TMP (80th) and placed 1st in the 58lb class. Cade Troupe scored 14 TMP and placed 3rd in the 58lb class. 

In the 07/08 Novice Division Deegan Pike had 2 Techs in 7:08 (3rd) and his fastest was 3:15 (31st). He scored 55 TMP (2nd) and placed 1st in the 67lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had 3 pins 5:59 (23rd), his fastest pin was :50 (94th) and he placed 1st in the 80lb class. Conner Dines had 2 pins in 3:13 (57th), his fastest was 1:15 and he placed 3rd in the 80lb class. Thomas Prins scored 15 TMP and placed 2nd in the 100/110 class. In the Open Division Brandson Wood had 2 pins in 2:07 (46th), his fastest was 1:03 and he placed 1st in the 63lb class. Blake Falan had 2 pins in 1:20 (35th), his fastest was :27 (32nd), he scored 24 TMP (tied @80th) and placed 2nd in the 71lb class. Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in 5:31 (79th), placed 1st in the 90/95lb class.

In the 05/06 Novice Division Jack Sherburn’s fastest pin was :33 (57th) and he placed 4th in the 75lb class. In the Open Division Gabe Gair had a pin in 3:35, scored 24 TMP (tied @ 80th) and placed 2nd in the 112lb class. Wyatt Cooper had a pin in 1:23 and placed 1st in the 183HWT class. 

In the 03/04 Open Division Cole Haack had 2 pins in 3:10 (56th) and placed 3rd in the 114lb class. Ashly Erxleben had a pin in 2:52 and placed 4th in the 114lb class. 

In the High School Division David Erxleben had a pin in 1:42, scored 15 TMP and placed 2nd in the 128/133lb class.

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WMP travels around the state; earns 49 victories

Pictured is 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group Champion.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle at individual tournaments this weekend and 16 finished in the top 4. 

Two entered as part of the Greenville MYWAY Team State tournament. 62 lb Evan Andrews and 67 lb Kamden Witte entered Greenville’s 6th Grade and Under Team. Both Andrews and Witte went 4-1 for the day earning All State recognition. Their team finished 3rd. 

85 lb Blake Peasley travelled to St. Johns. Peasley went undefeated and claimed another Championship Title. 

WMP had seven grapplers travel to Fruitport. 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 80/85 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group both finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group; 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to Traverse City for the Far North Greights tournament. 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 9/10 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group and 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 43 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

Out of 65 matches, WMP claimed 49 victories. “This week, the kids were spread out all over the state. I am very proud of how they competed and represented our team,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Six Red Hawk wrestlers headed to state finals

These six Red Hawk Varsity wrestlers are headed to the State Wrestling Championships at Ford Field March 2-3. Pictured L to R: Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler Anthony Brew, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith.

The Varsity Wrestling Program matched school history on Saturday by sending six individuals to the State Championships at Ford Field on March 2-3, 2018. Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), Jacob Galinis (140), Anthony Brew (145), Lucus Pienton (152) and Ryan Ringler (171) have earned the privilege of wrestling for the title of State Champion.

According to Varsity Coach Nick Emery, the only other time that the Red Hawks sent this many wrestlers to the state finals was in 1992.

Ringler is a two time Regional Champion and two-time returning all-stater. With a 51-1 record and #1 ranking on migrappler.com he will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

Pienton enters the tournament at 45-7 on the year. A two time qualifier and a third place finish last season makes him a top contender that no one will overlook.

Jacob Galinis finally makes his first state tournament appearance and will finish his carreer as a Red Hawk with two Conference Championships and over 100 wins. Galinis is dangerous on his feet and could catch anyone at anytime. 

Aaron Smith struts into Ford Field with confidence after a late season collapse kept him out in 2017. Smith loves his mother and is primed to make her proud by bringing home some hardware in 2018.

Trevor Marsman became only the fifth freshman in school history to step into limelight. At 103 lbs Marsman brings a sweetshot and mental toughness that will be hard to knockout.

Anthony Brew made his way through in exciting fashion with a dramatic last second comeback victory over his Allendale opponent in the blood round. Brew looks to follow in family footsteps with a solid showing next weekend.

This will mark the first time Ford Field has host the MHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Action starts at noon on Friday March 2 with the semifials at 730 pm and concluding with the finals at 3 pm on Saturday. Good Luck Red Hawks!

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