The victory march began on Wednesday, December 15, as the varsity Red Hawk wrestlers traveled to Forest Hills Northern for an OK-Blue contest. The Huskies struggled to stay in the match, as the Red Hawks earned rounds of points and pins to achieve a final score of 60-12 in favor of the Hawks.
On Saturday, December 18, the Red Hawks found themselves on top once again as they took home the first place trophy at the Freeland Team Invitational. The first round found Cedar Springs matched up with the home team Freeland. First year wrestler, Connor Ackerman (215 lb/freshman) put the initial six points on the board for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the first period. Junior Austin Wamser (160 lb) earned the last points of the match with a strong, technical win to beat the Falcons with a 54-19 victory.
Round two matched the Red Hawks with the Vassar Vulcans. A forfeit win in the initial match and a quick, first round pin by Cory Wozniak (189 lb) in the next round lead to a domino effect in the six weight classes that lead the Hawks to a 60-23 victory and sent them into the next round with Heritage High School from Saginaw. The Red Hawks swooped the Heritage Hawks to earn their third win of the day with a 69-12 score.
The Red Hawks would find themselves going into the fourth round with Gladwin. The Hawks weren’t taking the match up lightly. In 2009, the Gladiators put up a tough fight and only allowed the Red Hawks to squeak out a four-point lead. This year the Hawks set out to conquer Gladwin for a second time. A slow start to the match, a rally in the mid-weight classes and a speedy pin by Dom Chong (145 lb) in the first minute of his round removed all chances of Gladwin moving into the championship match. The Red Hawks defeated Gladwin 57-24.
The Red Hawks dominated the tournament to earn a spot in the finals.
Reed City and Nouvel Catholic Central each had three wins in their pool and had to go head to head to see who the Red Hawks would battle for first place. Nouvel gave a tough fight, but were ousted 33-39 by Reed City.
As the final round of the tournament ensued, senior Levi Whipple (171 lb) started the ball rolling with a pin for the Hawks. Reed City dominated the next two matches. Heavy weight, Joe Simon (senior) countered with a pin to tie the match 12-12.
Freshman, Baron Lenardson (103 lb) earned a 29 second fall to put Cedar Springs in the lead. The Red Hawks continued to dominate thanks to a pin by Scott Stockreef (112 lb), a technical win by Aaron Brooks (119), a forfeit win by Nic Baird (125 lb) and a fall by Jared Vodry (130 lb). The Hawks were ahead 41-18. The point of no return for the Coyotes was during the 140 lb round. Junior Matt Patin sealed the win for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the second period, which was reinforced by Jake Marsman’s (152 lb) quick fall of his Reed City opponent. The final score 53-30 awarded the Red Hawks the title of tournament champions and the first place trophy.
Joe Simon, Matt Patin, Scott Stockreef and Nic Baird wrestled undefeated for the day. Next match up for the Red Hawks will be December 30 at the Comstock Invitational Tournament in Comstock, MI.