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Wrestlers bring home medals

Blake Peasley in action.

Blake Peasley in action.

West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty-five grapplers to compete at the Byron Center Tournament last weekend and 14 placed in the top four.  Sixteen of our competitors are Novice wrestlers which mean they have two years wrestling experience or less. Pursuit had a total of 84 battles and 48 of them ended in victory.

“I love working with these young kids; sharing my passion and coaching the skill of wrestling is what it is all about,” said owner and head coach Dave Andrus. “Watching these kids apply that knowledge on the mat is why I do what I do.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class and Daniel Vaughn in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Nathan Male in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class and Austin Ortowski in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt lb class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 130/138 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in 11/12 Novice age group in the 112/119 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt class. Special recognition goes to Blake Peasley who remains undefeated. Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

 

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Wrestlers pin defeat on Northview

 

The Cedar Springs wrestling team moved into sole possession of second place in the OK Bronze with a victory over homestanding Northview. Cedar took a big early lead in the upper weights beginning with a void at 171, followed by pins at 189 and 215 by juniors Austin Wamser and Teddy Edwards who both recorded their 20th victories. Northview voided to Partick DePiazza at heavyweight. When the match shifted back to the lightweights, freshman Jordan Ringler pinned in 36 seconds to run the lead to 30-0, but Northview stormed back with five straight wins of their own including a 6-5 win at 135 to make the score 30-25.

In a wild back and forth match at 140, sophomore Anthony Topolski pulled out a 26-15 win to earn four team points to push the lead to 34-25. At 145 Mike Smith quickly recorded a first period pin to make the lead an insurmountable 40-25. Cedar Springs voided at 152 but moved senior Jarrod Vodry up to 160 where he recorded the 100th win of his career with a pin. Final score 46-31 in favor of the Red Hawks.

An interesting twist to the match was provided by the rival coaches being former teammates, which increased the intensity of the match. Cedar coach Nick Emery and Northview coach Eric Fransen both were Red Hawk wrestlers from 1998-2001, and Fransen formerly was an assistant coach in the CS program.

With the win the Red Hawks secured second place in the OK Bronze needing wins against Forest Hills Eastern and Northern to earn the number two seed in the conference tournament.

Overall, the team dual record is 13-10 including a second place finish last weekend at the Pine River Invitational. Saturday 4 wrestlers placed at the Lakeview Individual Tournament. Pat DePiazza placed fourth at heavyweight while both Jordan Ringler at 103 and senior Baron Lenardson at 125 placed third. Junior Teddy Edwards pulled out heartpounding overtime win to be tournament champion at 215 pounds.

Ringler is off to a fast start to his high school career with a team leading 23 wins followed by Edwards with 22 wins including 15 pins. State ranked Zack Wamser has piled up 19 wins while Lenardson has 18 including his 100th career victory.

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Youth wrestlers keep winning

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Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers made their presence known at the annual Lowell Red Arrow Open/Novice wrestling tournament held at Lowell High School on January 12. Youth Hawks brought home a total of 12 medals from this tournament, as well as a Grand Champion from the NUWAY Great Lakes Championship held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Medal winners in the 4-6yr division was Veronica Tapia 2nd/37lb, Pistachio Gonzales 2nd/55lb, Brandson Wood 3rd/43lb, and Gavyn Byxbe 3rd/49lb. In the 7/8yr was Tommy Stevens 1st/58lb and Lane Wiggins-Russo 3rd/112lb. In the 9/10yr was Landon Demorest 3rd/55lb, Carter Falan 3rd/80lb and Sergei Byxbe 3rd/100lb. In the 11/12yr was Reese Gonzales 1st/95lb and Samuel Couturier 3rd/112lb. Allexis Gonzales took 4th in the 138lb 13-15yr age division.

While his team mates wrestled locally, Ryan Ringler traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was crowned Great Lakes National Champion in the U-12 Heavyweight division.

Cedar Springs youth coaches George Gonzales Sr, Jake Marsman, Bryan Goike, and Paul Ringler are all very excited to see all of the talent being shown in the youth program, which feeds into the Middle and High School Programs. Coach George says, “I love watching the middle and high school wrestlers. Especially, those who were once part our youth program.” He also hopes that the wrestling program will be restored to its full potential, as Cedar was once known to be a wrestling powerhouse.

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Middle School Cheer finishes exciting season

The CSMS Competitive Cheer Program had two teams representing their program for the 2013-2014 Season.

Amy Arnold coached our CS White team, where more than half of the girls that joined had no prior experience in the sport. This team showed determination and perseverance each week and the improvements showed on the mat.

Anne Olszewski coached our CS Red team and had a group of girls who have cheered together every other year since kindergarten and have the gymnastics skills that are much needed to earn points in Round 2 of competition.

“Coaching CS Red Team this season has been a ton of fun!” remarked head Coach Anne Olszewski. “This season gave me a great group of talented, hard working young ladies, with parents that supported their endeavors wholeheartedly. I had many girls who took gymnastic lessons out side of the season and it showed in our rounds. Gymnastics is an awesome sport that builds strength and body control. Those two skills are the tools for great stunters as well. I love coaching and the young ladies in Cedar Springs have always risen to the challenges I have placed before them! We have been MS Conference Champions for the last two years! I am excited to be handing off some tremendous talent up to the High School Varsity program!”

Their first competition was held at Kenowa Hills for a conference meet with eight schools in attendance. CS White earned a final score of 353.90 points securing a 3rd place title. CS Red earned a final score of 392.34 points securing a 2nd place title.

The next competition was held at Coopersville for a conference meet with eight schools in attendance. CS White earned a total score of 296.06 points securing a 4th place title. CS Red earned a final score of 384.76 points securing a 1st place Championship Title.

Jenison hosted the next Invitational with 26 schools in attendance. CS White competed in Pool A and earned a total score of 294.34 points securing a 5th place title. CS Red competed in Pool B and earned 380.98 points securing their 1st Place Championship title.

Sparta hosted the next conference meet with seven schools in attendance. CS White earned a final score of 309.58 points securing a 3rd place title. CS Red earned final score of 357.2 points securing a 1st Place Championship title.

Cedar Springs hosted an Invitational with nine schools in attendance. CS White competed in Pool A and earned a final score of 286.7 points securing a 1st place Championship Title. CS Red competed in Pool B and earned a total score of 421.48 points, securing a 2nd Place title.

Comstock Park hosted the next Conference Meet with 16 schools in attendance. CS White earned a total score of 342.42 points securing a 5th place title. CS Red earned a total score of 410.74 points securing a 1st Place Championship title.

Catholic Central hosted the final invitational of the season with five schools in attendance. CS White earned a total score of 288.84 securing a 4th Place title. CS Red earned a final score of 403.54 points ending their season with a final 1st Place Championship title.

Congratulations to our Lady Hawks! These coaches and cheerleaders worked extremely hard and their placements were well deserved. This year’s theme has been “Hawks Let’s Win . . . Go All In” and that’s just what they did!

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Wrestlers take top spots

West Michigan Pursuit medal winners from the Lowell tournament.

West Michigan Pursuit medal winners from the Lowell tournament.

West Michigan Pursuit brought 18 grapplers to compete at the Lowell Tournament last weekend and 13 placed in the top three. Pursuit had a total of 66 battles and 42 of them ended in victory.

Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus was pleased. “Each week I am continued to be impressed with the progress of my young grapplers and their own determination to be the best they can be!” he remarked. This week›s placements are as follows:

Third place medalists include Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, and Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class. Note that Jayden has been to two practices and this was his very first tournament! Way to go Jayden!

Second place Medalist include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100/105 lb wt class, Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt. class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Cody McHenry in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 145/155 lb wt class, Austin Ortowski in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 95 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 122/130 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 60/65 lb wt class.

Special recognition goes to Blake Peasley and Lucus Pienton who remain undefeated and have participated in the East Kentwood , Belding and Lowell Tournaments. Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

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Youth wrestling off to a great start

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

It looks like the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program is off to a running start to another great wrestling season this year. Belding hosted one of the first tournaments of the 2014 season on January 5, at Belding high school. Eighteen out of 24 of our young Red Hawk wrestlers received medals. Of those 18 wrestlers, half of them were novice, meaning they are with in the first two years of competition.

In the Novice 09-07 division, medal winners were Veronica Tapia 3rd/37lb, Brandson Wood 2nd/43lb, Elijah Troost Jr. 4th/49lb, Gavyn Byxbe 4th/52lb, and Pistachio Gonzales 2nd/55lb.  In the novice 06-05 division, medal winners were Jeremiah Simons who took 2nd at 58lbs and Lane Wiggins-Russo who took 1st at 112lbs.  Rounding out the novice division was Zoe Gonzales who took 2nd at the 04-03, 67lb class.

In the 06-05 Open division, Keaton Klaasen took 2nd in the 06-05, 49lb class. In the 04-03 division medal winners were Trevor Marsman took 1st/63lb, Tacho Gonzales 3rd/67lb, Aiden Bouwens 2nd/95lb, and Sergie Byxbe 4th/110. In the 02-01 division were Logan Hull 4th/90lb, Reese Gonzales 2nd/95lb and  Samuel Couturier 2nd/112lb.  In the 00-99 division was Allexis Gonzales 3rd/130lb and Gage Gardner 1st/145lb.

Also hosted on January 5, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, was the Spartan Country “Superbowl of Wrestling” Tournament. Ryan Ringler, seventh grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was crowned the 2014 Champion in the 02-01, 158lb division, after wrestling some of the toughest kids in the state of Michigan. Ryan had a stellar year last year at the bottom of his age group, also winning the 2013 Superbowl Champion. He is guaranteed to be the top wrestler in his age group and weight class this year. Ryan is only one of the many talented wrestlers coming out of the youth wrestling program.

On December 8, 2013, MYWAY Wrestling hosted the MYWAY National Dual team tryouts at Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. Wrestlers from all over the state of Michigan attended the try-outs for the National traveling team. Five wrestlers and two coaches from Cedar Springs will be representing the youth program on three of those teams. Landon Demorest won the 50lb spot on the MYWAY U-10 Boys team.  Ryan Ringler won the 133lb spot on the MYWAY U-12 Boys team with his father, Paul Ringler as assistant coach. Cora, Reese and Allexis Gonzales will all be on the MYWAY Girls 14 and under team. Youth wrestling head coach, George Gonzales Sr., will be at the reigns of the Girls’ 2014 team. All three of the teams will be traveling to Ohio State University in February.

Wrestling can get very expensive, with costs of up to $1,000 of personal expenses per tournament, when travelling with national teams. Anyone who may be interested in sponsoring any of our talented youth wrestlers is encourage to make donations to Choice One Bank in Cedar Springs under the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club or contact Coach George Gonzales Sr. at 616-299-2812 or treesbygeorge@charter.net. An investment with our youth today, will yield many rewards tomorrow. You can ask any wrestler.

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Red Hawk bowlers win tournament

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Cedar Springs boys bowling team won their first tournament of the 2013-2014 bowling season at the Fruitport Bowling Invitational.

The seven bowlers consisted of senior Josh Austin, junior Kyle Knarr, sophomores Jacob Cartwright, Blake Fisk, and Jarod Plank, and freshman Dugan Conely, and Trevor Ruark.

After a total pin count of 3592 in 3 regular and 4 Baker games, the team moved on to the semifinals to bowl against 2nd place qualifiers-Muskegon Mona Shores.  Josh Austin led his team with a 674 series which qualified him for a 4th place in his division.

Cedar trailed Mona Shores by 5 pins after their first game, but came back strong the 2nd game to defeat Mona Shores. The Cedar boys moved on to face the 4th place qualifiers-Fruitport who had defeated the 1st place qualifiers-Zeeland.  Cedar fell behind their first match, but rallied in their second game to defeat the Fruitport team.  Cedar took home a 1st place finish and trophy in their division.

Cedar’s next match, for the overall tournament championship, was against Hudsonville Unity Christian.  Cedar started out with a 212 game to stay 10 pins ahead of Hudsonville. The Cedar team defeated Hudsonville Unity Christian with a 246 game to seal their 1st place win for the Fruitport Invitational.

“They really came through as a team and supported each other throughout the whole tournament,” said Coach Todd Austin. “I am very proud of these boys and what they accomplished today.”

 

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Youth wrestlers place in championship match

S-Wrestling-youthHundreds of youth wrestlers from all over the nation attended the Border Wars Folkstyle National Championships held Sunday, November 2, 2013 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.  In attendance were three of Cedar Springs very own youth wrestlers, Landon Demorest, Aiden Bouwens and Gage Gardner, all of whom placed in their divisions.

Landon Demorest and Aiden Bouwens both wrestled in the 9/10 year-old division. Landon took an impressive 4th place finish in the 55lbs weight class. Aiden also took home an equally impressive 4th place finish in the 90lbs weight class. Gage Gardner was crowned Border Wars National Champion this year. He pinned all three of his opponents in 26 seconds or less to secure his victory in the 11/12 year-old, 133lb weight class.

If your son our daughter would be interested in wrestling for a program that has been proven to produce State and National Champions or if they just want to be conditioned,  come join the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays in the High School Wrestling Room from 6:00 p.m. To 8:00 p.m. Registration is going on right now! Check the website at cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com.

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Sand Lake woman’s horse captures title

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The horse named Born Hot Feelin Good captured the first-place Intermediate title in senior hunter under saddle at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Show on Friday, November 22 in Oklahoma City. The first-place Intermediate horse is owned by Deanna Bailey of Sand Lake, Michigan, and was shown by Amber Hanson of Byron, Michigan.

Born Hot Feelin Good is a 2006 red roan gelding. Born Hot Feelin Good, sired by Born To Be Blazing and out of Good Graces, was bred by Kristin Rinkenberger of Morton, Illinois.

The Intermediate awards program is designed to recognize exhibitors who have never placed in the top 10 at an AQHA world show in the particular class in which they are competing. Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor’s lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated. Intermediate accomplishments will appear on the official records of the horse and exhibitor. Intermediate first-place winners in each class receive an 8-inch clear globe.

 

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2013 OK Bronze Fall All Conference Athletes:

Front Row - (L-R)  Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, Breanna White, Kelsie Webber, Conner White, Marissa Morales, Julian Quiroga 2nd Row – (L-R) Jordan Johnson, Brittany Todd, Mia Scheidel, Jared Vodry, Blake Fisk Back Row – (L-R) Caden Burrows, Austin Sargent, Justin Jones, Mitch Hamner, Kaden Myers, Cameron Klompstra

Front Row – (L-R) Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, Breanna White, Kelsie Webber, Conner White, Marissa Morales, Julian Quiroga
2nd Row – (L-R) Jordan Johnson, Brittany Todd, Mia Scheidel, Jared Vodry, Blake Fisk
Back Row – (L-R) Caden Burrows, Austin Sargent, Justin Jones, Mitch Hamner, Kaden Myers, Cameron Klompstra

Boys Cross Country:  Austin Sargent, Justin Jones

Girls Cross Country:  Kenzie Weiler, Maddie Pekrul

Volleyball:  Brittany Todd

Tennis:  Blake Fisk

Girls Golf:  Conner White, Bre White

Football: Kaden Myers, Caden Burrows, Jordan Johnson

Soccer:  Mitch Hanmer

 

2013 Fall OK Bronze Honorable Mention Athletes:

Marissa Morales – Girls Golf, Julian Quiroga – Boys Soccer, Jared Vodry – Football, Cameron Klompstra – Football, Kelsie Webber – Cross Country, Mia Schiedel – Volleyball

 

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