By Barbra Chong
West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek this past weekend for the 2016 State Finals. Nineteen grapplers entered the competition and nine finished in the top 8 earning All State recognition. WMP claimed 47 victories out of 81 tough battles. The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Quinten Cassiday and Jayden Marcano-Cruz won three matches each. Michael Cannon, Brocke Fisher, Jacob Galinis, Isaiah Sostenes and Aaiden Vasquez won two matches each. Patrick Fliearman and Tyler Parmeter won a match. Final placements are as follows:
Eighth Place medalist is 143 lb Jordan Andrus, High School division. Seventh Place medalists include 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group and 115 lb Logan Hull, High School division. Fourth Place medalist is 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group. Third Place medalist is 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group. Second Place medalists include 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group. 2016 State Champion is 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group.
“A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination, drive and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal,” he added.