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WMP Rockford, Byron Center and Lawton results

By Barbra Chong

WMP 49/52 lb Champion Brody Compau, 7/8 Age Group. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit had a busy holiday schedule. On 12/23, WMP traveled to the West Region’s Rockford tournament. Thirteen entered the competition and twelve finished in the top four. Out of 41 battles, WMP claimed 31 victories. 

61 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished in 4th. 61 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished in 3rd. 67 lb Jaxen Bowyer, 7/8 age group; 90/95 lb Ayden McClurken, 11/12 age group and 49/52 lb Austin Rogers, 7/8 Novice age group finished in 2nd. Rockford Champions are 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group; 72/75 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Luke Egan, 11/12 age group, 54/57 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group and 90/95 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group. 

This past weekend, the team had wrestlers travel to the West Region’s Byron Center and the South West Region’s Lawton. Seventeen entered competitions and 13 placed in the top four. Out of 55 battles, WMP claimed 36 victories. 72 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group and 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group both claimed Championship titles at Lawton. The rest of the team traveled to Byron Center. 61 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 80 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group; 60/63 lb Kaleb Pautke, 9/10 age group and 58 lb Dylan Russo finished 3rd. 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Luke Egan, 11/12 age group and 52 lb Austin Rogers, 7/8 Novice age group finished in 2nd. Champions of the day are 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group; 49/52 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 90/95 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group and 43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group. 

“Congratulations to all of you for working as hard as you do. You truly are the Pursuit of Champions. This sport takes a lot of dedication. Even with the busy holiday schedule, these kids still show up to compete,” 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 Thursdays.

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CSYW Club Places 8th At Byron Center

By James Streeter

Twenty-nine Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers traveled to Byron Center last Sunday to compete in another MYWAY West Region tournament. The Red Hawks competed against 29 other teams on their way to placing 8th overall with a record of 64 and 51. Along with bringing home 23 medals the Hawks were 2nd in total pins with 30 (51:33), 2nd in technical falls with 2 (4:07), and 2nd in total match points with 423. 

Coach Scott Marsman had this to say following the tournament, “We saw a number of our wrestlers having to wrestle up weight classes today and they all rose to the challenge! As a team we wrestled our hearts out!”

In the 2012-2014 age division Brycen Alber got things started in a split bracket for the Red Hawks with a 2nd place finish in the 46lb. weight class. On the other side of the 46lb. bracket Brandon Mortensen took home a 4th place finish. In another split bracket Sierra Streeter took 2nd in the 49lb weight class while Henry Galinis took 4th place on the “B” side. Hudson Cassiday had a 3rd place finish in the 52lb weight class to wrap up the 2012-2014 age group.

 Starting off the 2010-2011 Open age division Bryson Streeter had a 3rd place finish in the 55lb bracket. Tucker Crystal also took 3rd in a combined bracket off 64/67lbs while Chasyn Winchel brought home a 2nd place finish in another combined bracket of 72/77lbs. Rounding out the Open side of the age division was Benjamin Streeter who in a combined bracket of 82/97lbs took 4th place on the day.

The 2010-2011 Novice age division saw three Red Hawks medal with Eli Gunderson and Elijah Elam taking 3rd and 4th respectively in the 52lb bracket and Dillon Vandyke took 1st place in the 61lb bracket.

In the afternoon session of wrestling in the 2008-2009 Open age division Spencer Schoenborn took 1st in the combined bracket of 66/69lbs in what was his first Open tournament of the season! Blake Falan also took home a 1st place medal in the 75lb bracket while Zachary Vu had a strong finish to take 4th place in the combined bracket of 100/110lbs. On the Novice side John Elam took 3rd place in the 69lb bracket and Caleb Austin had a 4th place finish in the combined bracket of 72/75. Finishing out the 2008-2009 age group was a 3rd place finish in the 78lb weight class by Timothy Smith.

The 2006-2007 age group saw some tough wrestling as Hudson Crystal took 3rd in the Open 105 bracket and Rory Schoenborn took 1st place in the Novice 85lb bracket.

The day finished with the 2004-2005 Open age division and three Red Hawks took advantage of their opportunity! Tommy Stevens took home a 2nd place medal in the 114lb weight class while Gabe Gair and Carter Falan both had 3rd place finishes in the 130lb and combined bracket of 138/145lb respectively. 

January 6th will see the Red Hawks traveling west to the lake shore for a tournament at Grand Haven High School.

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Youth wrestlers have strong showing at Rockford tournament


By James Streeter

Forty-six CS Youth Wrestlers traveled to Rockford last Sunday, December 23, to compete against 29 other teams. The Red Hawks had a strong showing, taking first in total pins with 31 (42:24) and match points with 511. They were also 3rd in tech falls (2:02) and finished the day with an overall record of 68-76). 

Coach Jake Marsman was happy with the performance saying, “It shows a great amount of commitment on behalf of these wrestlers and their families that they came out for a tournament during the holidays and performed at such a high level!”

Opening things up in the 2012-14 Open division 43lb weight class Deacon Reynolds took 3rd place while having the 2nd (:09) and 9th (:13) fastest pins of the day. In the 46lb weight class Brycen Alber was the 1st place champion. In the 49lb weight class Henry Galinis took 4th place, with Sierra Streeter turning in a 2nd place finish. The 52lb weight class saw a couple of Red Hawks place as Taylor Crystal finished 4th,  with the 7th fastest pin of the day (:12) and Hudson Cassidy finished 3rd.

In the 2010-11 age division Karsen Roelofs brought home a 3rd place finish in the combined 49/52lb Novice weight class. Jayce Karafa also took 3rd place in the Novice 77lb bracket while Tanner Wood took 4th in the combined 82-97lb Novice bracket. Also securing 3rd place finishes in the Open divisions were Brandon Mortensen in the combined 46/49lb class and Bryson Streeter the 55lb weight class. In the Open 64lb weight class, Tucker Crystal took second place and in the 67lb weight class Jaxon Fitzgerald took home a 3rd place finish. Rounding out the 2010-2011 age group Benjamin Streeter took 2nd in the combined 72/77lb weight class.

The afternoon session of wrestling saw much of the same with the 2008-2009 wrestlers winning a number of medals. Spencer Shoenborn took 1st in the Novice 69lb bracket and Caleb Austin turned in a 3rd place performance in the Novice 72lb bracket. Dayton Reynolds took 3rd place in a combined bracket of 81/85lbs. In another combined bracket of 90/95lbs Liam Kelley brought home a 4th place finish. Finishing up the Novice division Zachary Vu took 1st in the combined 100/110lb weight class while recording 3 pins (3:11) which was good enough for 9th overall for the tournament. In the Open division at 78lbs Blake Falan and Alexander Hanes were a pair of Red Hawks that medaled taking 3rd and 4th respectively. Jonathan Libera finished 2nd place in a combined bracket of 81/85lbs to round out the Open division. 

For the 2006-2007 wrestlers Rory Shoenborn took 1st in the Novice 85lb bracket and finished 13 overall for the tournament with 3 pins (3:57). In the combined 65/70lb bracket Branson Wood turned in a 4th place finishand Gavyn Byxbe was the 100lb 1st place champion. Wyatt Cooper had a solid outing as he took 2nd place in the HWT bracket.

In the 2004-2005 age group Carter Falan and Logan Troupe battled it out in the combined 130/138lb bracket to finish 1st and 3rd respectively. Maston Wood rounded out the wrestling for the day securing the 1st place title in another combined bracket of 170/195 pounds.

Looking ahead the Red Hawks will be traveling to Byron Center to take part in another MYWAY West Region Tournament on December 30.

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Varsity cheer takes first in their division at West Ottawa

Varsity cheer took finished first in their division and third overall at West Ottawa.

On December 15, all three levels of the Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer team traveled to Holland and competed in the West Ottawa Invitational. 

The Varsity team placed first in their division, with a combined score of 709.26, but several critical errors were made in Round Three that resulted in the squad falling from first place overall to finishing third. Coach Anne Olszewski offered this comment: “This was an incredible learning experience for the teams. The Varsity took first and took home a trophy, but it was not our best performance. This experience will prepare us for future competitions when the margins are tighter, and a greater level of concentration is necessary.”

JV cheer finished third at West Ottawa.

The JV team finished third within a large field of Division 1 schools. Coach Katy Hradsky is facing challenges with minor injuries and eligibility issues and is using the strengths of her athletes to maximize scoring for each round. Coach Olszewski said about the team, “I am so proud of the girls and am very lucky to have Coach Katy as part of the coaching staff.”

The Middle School team earned the highest scores of their season and finished 2nd place overall against a pool of 26 teams! “They are one of the few teams that throw back-handsprings in round 2. That’s a testimony to Coach Abby Olszewski. She has a team of primarily 7th graders and they are still scoring as high as the 8th grade teams,” reported Anne Olszewski.

The team will be competing at the Jenison Invitational on December 19, which will be the last competition for 2018. The road to state will continue in 2019…#EARNIT!

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Red Hawk Bowling results

On December 12, Cedar Springs had a conference match against Forest Hills Central at Forest Hills Central.  The Boys won 28.5-1.5. The girls won 23-7, with junior Omani Morales bowling her high school high of 267, and setting a new school record for high score in girls bowling.

On December 15, Cedar Springs hosted a tournament at Westgate and 17 schools attended. The boys finished 5th, with freshman Cody Marshall bowling his new high school high of 212. The girls finished 8th. 

Junior Omani Morales placed 6th in individuals with a 2 game total of 390. Senior Dane Conely placed 10th in individuals with a 2 game total of 424.

On December 17, Cedar Springs hosted a conference match against Northview. The boys lost 7-23. The girls won 23-7, with senior Morgan Nauta bowling her High school high of  119. 

Last week freshman Kayla Walters bowled her high school high of 118 and freshman Audrey Waite bowled her high school high of 117 against Lowell.. 

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Youth wrestlers at Reeths Puffer

By Jacquie Troupe

CS Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Wrestling sent 25 wrestlers to Reeths-Puffer O & N on Sunday, December 16. They had 27 pins in 25:34 (1st) and scored 308 TMP (1st). They finished the day 52-34. 

Coach Scott Marsman said “We’re so pleased with how the kids are improving every week. They show up to practice every week ready to go and are excited to wrestle with confidence about what they are doing on the mat every Sunday. We have a great group of kids and parents and are really looking forward to the rest of the year!”

In the 2012-14 46lb class Brycen Alber placed 2nd, had 4 pins in 3:48 (1st), fastest pin was :19 (11th) and scored 18TMP. In the 49lb class Henry Galinis placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:55 (39th), his fastest pin was :21 (13th) and he scored 26TMP(34th). Ethan Trompen placed 3rd and his fastest pin was :24 (16th).

In the 2010-11 52lb Novice class Eli Gunderson placed 2nd and scored 15TMP. Kyam Gorby placed 3rd and scored 22TMP. Tristan Wilkerson placed 4th. In the 61lb class Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd, had 3 pins in 2:07 (5th) and his fastest pin was :39(53rd). In the 82lb class Tanner Wood placed 2nd. In the 52lb Open class Dawson Pike placed 4th. Chasyn Winchel was the 1st Place Champion in the 72lb class, had 3 pins in 2:18 (7th), his fastest pin was :36 (44th) and he scored 17TMP. At Christmas Sparty he placed 2nd. 

In the 2008-09 69lb Novice class Spencer Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 1:04 (24th) and his fastest pin was :24 (21st). In the 70lb class Caleb Austin placed 2nd. 75lb class Kale Faurot placed 4th and scored 33TMP (6th). In the 110lb class Zach Vu placed 3rd. In the 75lb class Deegan Pike placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :50(87th). In the 78lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :31 (30th). Jon Libera placed 2nd in the 81lb class, had 2 pins in 1:42 (35th) and his fastest pin was :22 (14th). 

In the 85lb Novice class Rory Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion and scored 32TMP (12th). In the 90lb class Kaiden Dreyer placed 2nd had 3 pins in 2:15 (6th) and his fastest pin was :43(69th).

In the 2004-05 138lb class Antwuan Nicholls placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:13 (26th) and his fastest pin was :34(38th). Carter Falan was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 5:19 (75th) and scored 28TMP (24th).

In the Christmas Sparty 150/170lb 15U Individual Maston Wood Placed 3rd.

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Local girl wins Reserve Championfor West Catholic

By Josie Hiltz

Cedar Springs is a great place to be a horse crazy girl, having our own show grounds, 4-H groups, and Equestrian Teams at the schools. But if you live here and go to West Catholic, you find your horse-riding opportunities far more limited. That didn’t stop Kyra Hanna. As the lone rider for West Catholic’s Equestrian team, she took home the Reserve Championship in her division.

Kyra Hanna (R), of Cedar Springs, is shown here with her Equestrian Coach Gretchen Clarke. 

Kyra, 15, the daughter of Shawn and Denise Hanna of Cedar Springs, only started competing three  years ago, when she got her horse, “Jack Splash,” a registered American Paint Horse. They started with open shows, then 4-H, and looked forward to being on the Equestrian Team, which, at West Catholic, meant it was her and one other rider. During her freshman year, they finished a distant 3rd in the placings and then he graduated, leaving her to carry the team alone. 

Kyra and her coach, Gretchen Clarke, weren’t sure how the year would go, but after the first meet, she was in 2nd place out of 6 in her Division, and they decided to shoot for making it to the Regional Competition.  To do that, they had to accrue as many points as possible in each of the 3 District Meets. Some classes, like the 2-man relay, were obviously out for a single person team, as was jumping, which takes special training. But Kyra was game to take on anything else, including speed classes, and classes she had never tried before. Her coach mentioned that not many competed in Saddle Seat, would she be willing to learn how to show in that? She took one lesson from her trainer, and the next day, she placed 2nd at her meet in that. She and Jack would compete in up to 15 classes a meet, sometimes exiting the ring, swapping gear, then heading right back into the ring for another class.

Kyra Hanna and her horse, Jack Splash.

Her hard work paid off, and they won Reserve Champion in their Division, and qualified to show in the Regional Competition, showing against 8 teams in Division D, from 4 different Districts. “It was a great experience. I liked meeting new people, and everyone was friendly and helpful,” Kyra said of the experience. She and Jack placed 3rd there, missing 2nd place by just 15 points.

“Kyra is awesome”, says Coach Clarke. “She is very focused, an excellent rider. She just let the pressure roll right off her. She loves her horse and is an all-around great kid.”

Others recognized her good qualities as well. The District 16 Chairman chose Kyra as part of the “Dream Team,” which is the best of the best in the District, based on sportsmanship, performance and attitude. Only 11 competitors out of 80 are chosen, so it was quite an honor.

Next year, Kyra will be back in the saddle, possibly with a second mount to take some of the pressure off of Jack, and maybe with a new teammate. But whatever the situation, you can be sure she will be out there giving it her all.

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WMP wrestler earns team MVP honor

By Barbra Chong

WMP wrestler Josh Vasquez, 72 lbs, went 12-0 last weekend.

West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Lansing for the Sparty School Team Duals, Individual and Team Duals and West Region’s Reeths Puffer tournament this last weekend. 

School-based duals were held on Friday. Kaleb Pautke and Harper Cheng wrestled with Byron Center. Pautke won two of his matches and Cheng won a match. Their team finished in 8th. Josh Vasquez wrestled with Grandville and he went 4-0, his team finished in 7th. 

WMP entered 11 wrestlers in the Saturday individual event. 49 lb Brody Compau, 8U finished in 4th. 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 9U Girls finished in 2nd and 72 lb Luke Egan, 12U finished in 2nd. Sparty Champions are 95 lb Blake Peasley, 12U and 72 lb Josh Vasquez, 12U. 

Team Duals were on Sunday and WMP had six wrestlers enter. 49 lb Brody Compau wrestled on the 8U Team MYWAY. He won 3 matches and his team finished 2nd. 72 lb Luke Egan, 85 lb Ayden McClurken and 95 lb Blake Peasley wrestled on the 12U Cyclone Team. Egan and Peasley won 4 matches each and McClurken won 2 matches. Their team finished 4th. 85 lb Tyler Parmeter wrestled on the 10U Cyclone Team. Parmeter won three matches and his team finished 6th. 72 lb Josh Vasquez wrestled on the 12U Michigan Revolution team. He went 5-0, earning Team MVP of the day. Special recognition to Josh for going 12-0 the entire weekend. His Team MVP status is very well deserved. 

Josh Vasquez. Photo by Melissa Egan.

We also had nine wrestlers enter the Reeths Puffer tournament. 67/72 lb Jaxon Bowyer, 7/8 age group; 78 lb Logan Galinis, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group and 46 lb Emmett Russo, 4/6 age group all finished in 4th. 80 lb Alex Russo, 11/12 novice age group finished 3rd. Champions of the day are 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 61/64 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“I have been pushing these kids hard, preparing them for very bright futures. They are competing with some of the best wrestlers in the Nation and I am very proud of their response,” 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 Thursdays.

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Red Hawk bowlers win against Lowell

Both the Cedar Springs boys and girls bowling teams took on Lowell in an away conference match on December 5 and came home winners. 

The boys won 19 to 11, with freshman Cody Marshall bowling his high school high of 206. The girls won 29-11.

Their next match was scheduled for yesterday, Wednesday, December 12 at Eastbrook Lanes against Forest Hills Central.

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CS Youth wrestlers travel to Evart and Allendale

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe

By Jacquie Troupe

The CS Youth Wrestlers headed to Evart and Allendale Sunday, December 9. 

The Evart team had 5 pins in 2:56 (12th), scored 28 TMP (15th) and finished the day 6-4. The Allendale team had 31 pins in 46:10 (2nd), 2 Techs in 5:14 (3rd), 413 TMP (2nd) and finished the day 59-52 (22nd). 

In the Evart 2012-14 division Sierra Streeter was the 49lb 1st Place Champion. In the 2010-11 division Bryson Streeter placed 3rd in the 55lb class. Ben Streeter placed 3rd in the 77/82lb class. 

In the Allendale 2012-14 Open division, Deacon Reynolds was the 43lb 1st Place Champion. Brycen Alber placed 2nd in the 46lb class. Hudson Cassiday was the 52lb 1st Place Champion. Tristan Wilkerson placed 3rd in the 52lb class. 

In the 2009-10 Novice division, Brandon Mortensen placed 2nd in the 46lb class. Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd in the 61lb class. Tanner Wood placed 2nd in the 82lb class. Chasyn Winchel was the Open 72lb 1st Place Champion. 

In the 2008-09 Novice division, Spencer Schoenborn was the 69lb 1st Place Champion. Caleb Austin placed 3rd in the 72lb class. Alex Hanes was the 78lb 1st Place Champion. Dayton Reynolds placed 3rd in the 81lb class. James Themm placed 4th in the 85lb class. Zach Vu was the 110lb 1st Place Champion. 

In the Open division, Caden Troupe placed 4th in the 60lb class. Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 78lb class. Jon Libera placed 3rd in the 81lb class. 

In the 2006-07 Novice division Kaiden Dreyer was the 1st Place Champion in the 90lb class. Rory Schoenborn placed 2nd in the 90lb class. 

In the Open division Brandson Wood placed 2nd in the 65lb class. Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th in the 100lb classss. Wyatt Cooper was the HWT 1st Place Champion.

In the 2004-05 Open division, Gabe Gair placed 3rd in the 122lb class. Carter Falan placed 2nd in the 138lb class. Logan Troupe placed 2nd in the 145 class. Maston Wood was the 170lb 1st Place Champion.

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