By Barbra Chong
Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Forest Hills Northern for a Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 20. Cedar Springs started the evening against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern and claimed a victory, 57-21. Ending the night, the Red Hawks suffered a loss to long time rival Sparta, 46-19. Overall, the team is 3-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.
Anthony Brew and Billy Hammer on the Junior Varsity Team each scored a victory. On the Varsity level; 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Aaron Smith, 140 Jesse Empie, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Xavier Anderson and 160 lb Nate Patin each won a match as well. Freshmen Aaron Smith also claimed his first varsity win by fall against Forest Hills Northern.
Saturday, January 23, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their team challenge. The varsity team is not at full strength, missing a 103 and 215 lb wt class, causing a void this weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this caused a 12-point deficit each dual. With a show of force, the Red Hawks started the day with a victory over St. Louis, 37-36 and continued the winning streak against Flat Rock with a score 46-33. Gaylord proved to be a tough competitor and the Hawks took a loss, 57-12. After a team bye, Cedar Springs regrouped and beat Brandon, 39-31 and kept the momentum going by ending the day with a final victory against West Ottawa, 35-28. The competition attracted 10 teams looking for the coveted Championship Title. Final team standings were Gaylord first place, Anchor Bay second place and Cedar Springs third place.
The individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated; 125 lb Jordan Ringler and 145/152 lb Anthony Topolski claimed four wins each; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis claimed three wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 145/152 lb Xavier Anderson, 160 lb Nate Patin and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed two wins each and 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew all claimed a victory. Freshmen, Xavier Anderson made his Varsity debut this weekend, proving he is a competitor.
Junior, Jordan Ringler claimed his 100th varsity career win while wrestling Jozef Motyka of Flat Rock. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but is not easily attainable. Congratulations Jordan!
“The boys demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork this weekend, said Head Coach, Nick Emery. “They gutted it out through four dual victories all decided by one match. When we needed someone to step up, they did. Everyone contributed and it was a day to celebrate. Now back to the grind.”