By Barbra Chong
Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Wyoming for the last Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, February 3. Cedar Springs started the evening against Wyoming and claimed a victory, 71-6. Ending the night against Belding, it proved to be a battle going back and forth with each weight class. Unfortunately the Red Hawks came up short, with a 26-25 loss.
Overall, the team is 5-0 in the OK Bronze Conference. At our Junior Varsity level, 125 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Jacob Pease, 160 lb Xavier Anderson, 171 lb Billy Hammer and 215 lb Cody McHenry all won their matches. Special recognition goes out to freshman Anthony Brew, who wrestled an undefeated season. At our Varsity level, 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 Lucus Pienton, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 119 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 140 lb Jesse Empie, 152 lb Anthony Topolski, 171 Gage Gardner and 160 lb Nate Patin all won a match as well.
Junior, Patrick Depiazza claimed his 100th Varsity Career Win against Wyoming’s Caleb Gullick. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but not easily attainable. Congratulations Patrick!
Friday, February 5, the Red Hawks traveled to Northview for the 2016 Conference Finals. Final team placements ended with the Yellow Jackets of Greenville in first place with a score of 189.5, the Wildcats of Northview in Second Place with a score of 166 and Cedar Springs in Third place with a score of 160. Cedar Springs finished third in the Tournament and Second in the OK Bronze Conference.
Final individual placements ended with 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza with Conference Championship Titles. 119 lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Anthony Topolski and 152 lb Lucus Pienton took Second Place. 112 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jesse Empie and 160 lb Nate Patin took Third Place and 125 lb Aaron Smith and 171 lb Gage Gardner took Fourth Place. Freshmen, Ryan Ringler continues to show his impressive skill sets. Ringler broke the Freshmen wins record of 31 set in 1992, he is now at 40 wins and still climbing. He also took the 189 lb Conference Championship wrestling above his usual weight class, giving up almost 20 lbs.
“The most important thing you can learn from high school sports is to get back up. We took a beating and how we react will summarize our character and determine the outcome of our season. It’s been a good season and we still have an opportunity on Wednesday to make it great,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.