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Youth wrestling off to a great start


Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

It looks like the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program is off to a running start to another great wrestling season this year. Belding hosted one of the first tournaments of the 2014 season on January 5, at Belding high school. Eighteen out of 24 of our young Red Hawk wrestlers received medals. Of those 18 wrestlers, half of them were novice, meaning they are with in the first two years of competition.

In the Novice 09-07 division, medal winners were Veronica Tapia 3rd/37lb, Brandson Wood 2nd/43lb, Elijah Troost Jr. 4th/49lb, Gavyn Byxbe 4th/52lb, and Pistachio Gonzales 2nd/55lb.  In the novice 06-05 division, medal winners were Jeremiah Simons who took 2nd at 58lbs and Lane Wiggins-Russo who took 1st at 112lbs.  Rounding out the novice division was Zoe Gonzales who took 2nd at the 04-03, 67lb class.

In the 06-05 Open division, Keaton Klaasen took 2nd in the 06-05, 49lb class. In the 04-03 division medal winners were Trevor Marsman took 1st/63lb, Tacho Gonzales 3rd/67lb, Aiden Bouwens 2nd/95lb, and Sergie Byxbe 4th/110. In the 02-01 division were Logan Hull 4th/90lb, Reese Gonzales 2nd/95lb and  Samuel Couturier 2nd/112lb.  In the 00-99 division was Allexis Gonzales 3rd/130lb and Gage Gardner 1st/145lb.

Also hosted on January 5, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, was the Spartan Country “Superbowl of Wrestling” Tournament. Ryan Ringler, seventh grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was crowned the 2014 Champion in the 02-01, 158lb division, after wrestling some of the toughest kids in the state of Michigan. Ryan had a stellar year last year at the bottom of his age group, also winning the 2013 Superbowl Champion. He is guaranteed to be the top wrestler in his age group and weight class this year. Ryan is only one of the many talented wrestlers coming out of the youth wrestling program.

On December 8, 2013, MYWAY Wrestling hosted the MYWAY National Dual team tryouts at Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. Wrestlers from all over the state of Michigan attended the try-outs for the National traveling team. Five wrestlers and two coaches from Cedar Springs will be representing the youth program on three of those teams. Landon Demorest won the 50lb spot on the MYWAY U-10 Boys team.  Ryan Ringler won the 133lb spot on the MYWAY U-12 Boys team with his father, Paul Ringler as assistant coach. Cora, Reese and Allexis Gonzales will all be on the MYWAY Girls 14 and under team. Youth wrestling head coach, George Gonzales Sr., will be at the reigns of the Girls’ 2014 team. All three of the teams will be traveling to Ohio State University in February.

Wrestling can get very expensive, with costs of up to $1,000 of personal expenses per tournament, when travelling with national teams. Anyone who may be interested in sponsoring any of our talented youth wrestlers is encourage to make donations to Choice One Bank in Cedar Springs under the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club or contact Coach George Gonzales Sr. at 616-299-2812 or treesbygeorge@charter.net. An investment with our youth today, will yield many rewards tomorrow. You can ask any wrestler.

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Youth wrestlers bring home medals


youth wrestlersCedar Springs youth wrestlers continue to bring home medals as they traveled to Caledonia High School January 23, 2011. Despite temperatures that were below zero outside, these youth were heating up the mat, bringing home a total of 14 awards.
Placers in the 5/6 year age group were Tacho Gonzales 2nd/49lbs, Maston Wood 1st/58lbs and Ronnie Brown 2nd/58lbs.
In the 7/8  year age group, placers were Trevor Marsman 2nd/49lbs, Aiden Bouwens 2nd/64lbs and Kody Miles 4th/72lbs.
Placers in the 9/10 age group were Aaron Smith 4th/71lbs, Ryan Ringler 1st/85lbs and Allexis Gonzales 1st/90lbs.
Placers in the 11/12 year age group were Jordan Ringler 1st/75lbs, Tylor Carter 2nd/112lbs and George Gonzales Jr. 1st/90lbs.
Finally in the 13-15 year age group placers were Michael Smith 2nd/130lbs and Chuckie Scheidel 2nd/145lbs.
Don’t forget to check out the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling web site at www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com.

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Wrestlers take top honors at national championship


Hard work and determination are just a couple of the things one can expect to see from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.  Champions are another. Trenton Wachter and George Gonzales Jr. are the definition of champions after competing at wrestling nationals this past weekend.

Youth wrestlers George Gonzales Jr. (left) and Trenton Wachter (right) competed in the NUWAY National Championships last weekend. Gonzales came away as National Champion in his age and weight class, and Wachter finished as National Runner-up in his category.

Youth wrestlers George Gonzales Jr. (left) and Trenton Wachter (right) competed in the NUWAY National Championships last weekend. Gonzales came away as National Champion in his age and weight class, and Wachter finished as National Runner-up in his category.

Wrestlers from 11 different states traveled from as far as Florida  to compete in the NUWAY National Championships held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on April 18. Trenton and George, representing Michigan and Cedar Springs, were among those elite wrestlers.

Wrestling for the first time at the national level, Trenton took an explosive victory over the MYWAY State Champion that put him in the running for the championship title.  In a disappointing decision in the round robin competition, Trenton lost by only one point to Logan Ours from Ohio, leaving him with the very impressive title of national runner-up in the 5-6 year old 59 lb weight class.

The road was just as tough for George as he fought his way to victory with pins in his first and second bouts, win by major decision in the third bout and another pin in his fourth. It was his last bout that put his skills to the test. George wrestled against Charles Jones, of South Lyon, Michigan. Both wrestlers came into the championship bout undefeated with the desire to be named champion.  Although they fought hard, the bout remained scoreless at the end of the first two rounds. It was in the third and final round that George chose the down position, quickly escaping at the referee’s whistle to earn one point. The bout ended with a score of 1-0 and George as the national champion in the 9-10 year old 100 lb weight class.

With these two victories, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling now holds a 2010 NUWAY National Runner-up and a 2010 NUWAY National Champion title. MYWAY, the Wrestling Club, the coaches, and the boys’ parents are very proud of their hard work and determination, which have made them champions.

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Youth wrestlers take home regional medals


Muskegon Orchardview was the host for the 2010 MYWAY Western Regional Wrestling Championships held on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Wrestlers from ages five to eighteen competed for the title of Western Region Champion and a spot in the MYWAY State Finals.

A total of twenty-two youth and seven middle/high school wrestlers from Cedar Springs attended regionals. Out of the twenty-two youth who competed, thirteen placed in the top six. Of those thirteen, eleven placed top four and qualified for State Finals.  The elite among those were Ryan Ringler, George Gonzales Jr. and Jordan Ringler who, this year,  were all undefeated in their weight classes in the Western Region, taking home Regional Champion medals. Youth wrestler, Cody Gott, also took home a first place finish.   Dominick Chong and Cody Oheme were  crowned champions in the high school division.  The remaining results, complete with state qualifiers, are as follows;

In the 7/8 year division, placers were Landon Demorest 37lbs/2nd, Trenton Wachter 52lbs/2nd and Aiden Bouwens 61lbs/2nd.  In the 7/8 year division, placers were Trenton Snoeyink 55lbs/2nd, Reese Gonzales 58lbs/2nd, Logan Hull 61lbs/2nd, Ricky Wood 67lbs/6th, Ryan Ringler 82lbs/1st, and Cody Gott 112lbs/1st.  In the 9/10 year division, placers were Allexis Gonzales 71lbs/5th, George Gonzales Jr. 100lbs/1st and Jeremy Wildfong 150lbs/2nd.  In the 11/12 year division was Jordan Ringler with a first place in the 65lbs class.

In the High school division, placers were Cody Oehme 128lbs/1st, Dominick Chong 138lbs/1st, Scott Vodry 163lbs/3rd, and Jeremy Stellema 192lbs/3rd.

State Finals will be held this weekend, March 27 and 28, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI.  Over 2,300 wrestlers will be competing for the MYWAY State Champion title and the coveted, specially designed singlet only awarded to the top three finishers in each weight class. Each of the top four placers will qualify for national championships held in April.  Please visit the wrestling website www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com for the State results.

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