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Girls compete in War of the Roses

L-R: Ashly Erxleben, Caleigh Wood, Annabelle Wood, and Ariana Meyers all wrestled in the War of Roses last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

L-R: Ashly Erxleben, Caleigh Wood, Annabelle Wood, and Ariana Meyers all wrestled in the War of Roses last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

Michigan Girls State Finals

By Jacquie Troupe

Seventy-two girls grappled for the chance to become the Girls Michigan State Champion at Fenton High School Sunday, February 26. They participated in a freestyle wrestling clinic then proceeded to take that experience to the mats. Led by Coach Brandon Wood, four Cedar Springs ladies competed in this round robin event.

“I was very happy with their performance today!” said Wood. “We lost some matches but made great advances in their techniques. I’m so proud of these ladies!”

In the Elementary Folkstyle 3-5 Grade division, 49lb class, Caleigh Wood placed 3rd after two matches.

In the Middle School 6-8th Grade division, 105lb Class, Annabelle Wood placed 6th after five matches. In the 115lb class, Ashly Erxleben placed 2nd after two matches. In the 150lb, class Ariana Meyers placed 2nd after three matches.

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CS Youth wrestlers at Tri County/Traverse City

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By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers traveled to both Tri County and Traverse City last weekend.

According to Coach Scott Marsman, “It’s nice to see the amount of kids at these tournaments. Twenty-eight went to Tri County and the competition was excellent. Our kids are improving every week. We have Bryson Streeter who had his first pin, Chasyn Winchel placed 12th over all with most pins in the shortest time, and Jayden Mull had an :18 pin. We came in 1st place in match points with 217. The kids are running their moves. They are looking very good and we are excited to see how they finish out the season.”

In the 2010-2012 Open division 43lb class Dawson Pike placed 3rd after 5 matches. In the 49lb class Bryson Streeter placed 3rd after 5 matches. In the 55lb class Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 4th after 4 matches. In the 58lb class Chasyn Winchel placed 1st after 3 matches and had the fastest pin for the team with :16! Also in the 58lb class, Ben Streeter placed 4th after 4 matches. In the HWT class Luke Ball placed 2nd after 2 matches.

In the 2008-2009 Open division 58lb class Deegan Pike placed 4th after 5 matches. In the 61lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd after 5 matches with 2 pins in 1:17.

In the 2006-2007 Open division 75lb class Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th after 4 matches. In the 90lb class Thomas Prins placed 4th after 3 matches. In the 100lb class Elijah Artecki placed 4th after 4 matches and had a :21 pin! In the 110lb class Dakota Winchel placed 1st after 3 matches. In the combined 130/150 class Wyatt Cooper placed 2nd after 4 matches with 2 pins in 1:08 and David DeWeese placed 4th after 4 matches.

In the 2004-2005 Open division, 80lb class Ricco Artecki placed 4th after 3 matches. In the 100lb class Ben Brunner placed 4th after 5 matches with 2 pins in 2:00. In the 158lb class Nolan Myers placed 4th in his first ever tournament after 4 matches.

In the 2002-2003 Open division, 85lb class Trevor Marsman placed 2nd after 3 matches. In the 95lb class Andrew VanGessel placed 2nd after 2 matches.

MYWAY Greights Far North

In the 2010-2012 All division, Tucker Crystal had a pin in :45, 12 match points, and took 3rd place after 5 matches. Jonathan Libera had a pin in :31 & scored 6 match points. In the 2006-2007 division, Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in 1:35, scored 19 match points and took 3rd place after 4 matches.

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WMP compete in three tourneys

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By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit split up this weekend and competed in three different tournaments. WMP had three enter the Fruitport tournament. 85 lb Logan Bennett entered the 11/12 age group and finished 3rd Place. 122 lb David Erxleban and 143/148 lb Ahmad Starr entered the High School Division and both finished 4th Place.

Tri County attracted 12 of our grapplers and 10 placed in the top four. 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group, finished 4th Place. 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group, finished 3rd Place. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group finished 2nd Place. Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 61 lb Selena Stalker, 4/6 age group and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

The MYWA Greights tournament in Traverse City attracted four of our grapplers and all placed in the top four. 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group finished 3rd Place. 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Champions are 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. “Wrestling is an emotional sport which tends to bring out the best and worst,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to keep those high and low emotions in check. These actions can negatively impact the outcome of a match. I strive to impress the importance of good sportsmanship on and off the mat. I want my wrestlers to be the ones that others look up to and admire.”

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Student Athletes of the Month for January

Alan Kolenda – Hockey

Dustin Shaw – Basketball

Ryan Ringler – Wrestling

*No photos available at print time

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Athletes sign letters of intent

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Congratulations to Hannah Cederquist on committing to cheer next year at Davenport University.  Hannah is pictured signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski. (right)

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Congratulations Maddie VanDusen on committing to play soccer next year at Ferris State University.  Maddie is pictured here signing her national letter of intent with her parents Jon & Kim VanDusen and Cedar Springs Soccer Coach, Justin H

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Varsity wrestlers headed to state

Senior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza, who is ranked #2 in the state, wrestled the #1 ranked wrestler in the state, Chase Beard, of Allegan, at regionals last week.

Senior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza, who is ranked #2 in the state, wrestled the #1 ranked wrestler in the state, Chase Beard, of Allegan, at regionals last week.

For the second year in a row, four Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers are headed to the individual state finals at the Palace at Auburn Hills March 2-4. The four include senior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza, who remains unbeaten at 44-0 and is ranked at #2 in the state; sophomore Ryan Ringler 171 lb, who is 45-1 and ranked #2; senior Jordan Ringler, 135 lbs, 38-8 and ranked #6; and sophomore Lucus Pienton, 145 lbs, 33-8, and ranked #8. To find out more, read the story here.

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Varsity Cheer headed to regionals

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team is headed to regionals after their fourth place win at districts last weekend.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team is headed to regionals after their fourth place win at districts last weekend.

Cedar Springs Varsity competitive cheer team is headed to regionals and one step closer to their goal of making it to the State Finals!

On Saturday, February 18, the team traveled to Kenowa Hills to compete in the District finals.

With sickness hitting the team hard last week, these ladies had to give it all they had and prove their ability to come out on top, even with the odds stacked against them.

Fifteen teams competed for the top four spots and a chance to move on to Regionals.

In Round 1 they earned a score of 217.5, putting them in 6th place. Round 2 gained them an additional 219.46 points, a subtotal score of 436.96 and moving them up to third place. The completion of round 3 earned an additional 291.3, a total score of 728.26, and a fourth place finish securing their spot in regionals.

Mona Shores took first place, followed by Kenowa Hills in second, and Reeths Puffer in third.

Next stop for the Lady Red Hawks will be Saturday, February 25, at 10:00 am to compete in MHSAA Regional Finals at Mona Shores high school.

The top four placing teams at regionals will then move on to the State finals at the Delta Plex on Saturday, March 4.

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Four Red Hawk wrestlers head to state

These four Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers will be heading to the state finals for the second year in a row. From left to right: Ryan Ringler, Patrick Depiazza, Lucus Pienton, and Jordan Ringler. Photo by B. Chong.

These four Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers will be heading to the state finals for the second year in a row. From left to right: Ryan Ringler, Patrick Depiazza, Lucus Pienton, and Jordan Ringler. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team had their 2017 Individual Regionals this last weekend, which were hosted by the Bull Dogs of Byron Center. The Red Hawks had six Regional Qualifiers that entered the competition and four are advancing to the State Finals.

Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza is a senior and is currently ranked #2 in the State of Michigan, at MichiganGrappler.com. He remains undefeated with a record of 44-0 and is the 2017 Heavy Weight Conference, District and Regional Champion. The highlight of the Heavy Weight division was Depiazza defeating #1 ranked Chase Beard of Allegan in the finals, by regular decision 4-3.

Ryan Ringler, 171 lb, is a sophomore and is currently ranked #2. His current record is 45-1 and is the 2017 171 lb Conference, District and Regional Champion.

Jordan Ringler, 135 lb, is a senior and is currently ranked #6. His current record is 38-8 and is the 135 lb Conference Runner up, District Runner Up and Regional Runner Up.

Lucus Pienton 145 lb, is a sophomore and is currently ranked #8. His current record is 33-8 and is the 145 lb Conference Champion, District Runner Up and Regional Runner Up.

Congratulations to these four individuals for qualifying to the State Finals two consecutive years in a row. These boys have worked extremely hard for this opportunity. If you would like to support your local Red Hawks, they will be competing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 2-4.

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Be the Referee

Recruiting Officials

One of the most challenging tasks for the MHSAA is the recruitment and retention of game officials and referees.

In many cases, the job of the referee can be a thankless one. It’s an avocation where others expect an official to be perfect on their very first day on the job, and then improve on that performance.

Officials must be fit, knowledgeable on the rules, decisive and most importantly, have good people skills in handling competitive situations with emotional players, coaches and fans. While this can be a great challenge, many of our officials find this experience to be incredibly rewarding.

There is no better feeling than to officiate a game where the rules are fairly enforced, judgment calls are made decisively and the teams involved determine the outcome of the game.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this great team, go to MHSAA.com to learn more about officiating and how to get started in this rewarding avocation.

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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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