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Five youth wrestlers state champions


Five state champions…one for each month that the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have worked toward the MYWAY State Wrestling Championships. Since early November, youth wrestlers and coaches have been sacrificing and training in hopes of earning the coveted title of State Champion. Twenty of those Red Hawks, along with approximately 2,500 other youth wrestlers, earned their spot to wrestle at the 2015 MYWAY State Championships, held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan,  March 28, 29 and 30.  Of the 20 who competed, twelve of them placed in the top eight, further qualifying them to compete in national events. Possibly the biggest accomplishment of any club in the state of Michigan is that Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had five wrestlers crowned 2015 State Champions!

Eighth grader, Ryan Ringler, went 4-0 to earn his fifth State Champion title! Ringler’s second period pin in the championship round against Aaron Gilmore of Donahoe secured his 2015 State Champion Title in the 170lb, 13/14 division.

Allexis Gonzales, also an eighth grader, took Girls State Champion in the 14U division at 130lbs. She went 5-0, winning her first four matches by pins. She earned a minor decision in her championship match against Kelsy Coger of Pennfield.

Seventh grader, Reese Gonzales, went 4-0, pinning all of her opponents, in a round robin. She earned Girls State Champion at 110 lbs in the 14U division. Her toughest match was against runner-up Payton Smith of Clio, who she pinned in the second round.

Zoe Gonzales battled her way to Girls State Champion at 76lbs in the 11U division. Gonzales went 3-0, winning each match by only one point. In the championship round, she beat Karlie Woodall of Coloma, with a score of 3-2. Gonzales won after she earned a reversal in the last few seconds of the third round.

Cora Gonzales was the youngest Girls State Champion for the Red Hawks this year. Gonzales, who wrestled at 52lbs in the 9U division, went 4-0, with 3 pins and one decision. She won her State Champion title with a 5-0 decision in the final round against Tricia Pyrzewski  of Gladwin.

Freshman George Gonzales Jr. battled the toughest side of the 20-man chart to earn his second place finish. With a record of 4-1, he suffered his only loss, at 174lbs in the 15/16 division, against Trevor Piggott of Ionia.

Seventh grader Rosie Castro finished in second place at 122lbs in the 14U Girls Division. She had first and second round pins to secure her spot in the championship round where she took runner-up to Kennedi Gotha of Linden.

By placing in the top three spots at State or top two in the Girls division, all seven wrestlers listed above won a custom championship singlet and the opportunity to be partially sponsored by MYWAY  for national tournaments. The next five wrestlers below battled tough, but were unable to secure a top finish.

Six-year-old, Veronica Tapia was the only girl in the area who competed in both the MYWAY State Finals and the MYWAY Girls State Finals, wrestling a total of 12 matches! Tapia went 5-2 on a 32-person chart to take fourth at 40lb in the 4/6 division.  She went 3-2 at 40lb in the 9U Girls’ division to take third.

Keaton Klaasen had a very impressive  6th place finish at 52lbs in the 7/8 division. He went 5-2 on a chart of 31 wrestlers.

The girls rounded out the results with 6th and 7th place finishes in the Girls Division. First year wrestler Madisyn Britley took 6th in the 11U HWT division. Analize Tapia took 7th at 43lbs in the 9U division. Brooklyn Wright finished 7th at 122 lbs in the 14U division.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has been and continues to be one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the state of Michigan. Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. attributes that to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches and the wrestlers.

“I am proud to be part of a program that teaches athletes about integrity, hard work and dedication,” said Gonzales. “Sure, there are times when the wrestlers want to give up, but you don’t win by giving up. They need to earn what they want by working hard and not by cheating themselves. These are lessons they will be taking into adulthood. It’s about integrity, on and off the mat. That is what makes us champions and that is what will make these kids champions in life.”

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Youth wrestlers head to state finals


Over 600 youth wrestlers competed at the 2015 MYWAY Western Regional held at Lowell High School on March 13 and 14, 2015. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 33 wrestlers to compete for the top four spots in each age group and weight class in hopes of advancing to the MYWAY State finals which will be held this weekend. Of those who competed, 17 of them placed in the top 6 and 13 qualified for state finals.

Head coach George Gonzales Sr. was pleased with the results of the regional tournament. “The kids have been working very hard this year. They all competed to the best of their ability. All of our wrestlers are winners in one way or another,” said Gonzales. “Some of them took championship, some of them qualified for state, some of them won their first match ever, some of them battled and still lost. It is easier to get back on the mat after you won a match. It takes a lot more courage to step back on the mat after losing. We had wrestlers who lost more than they won, but still got back on the mat. Some of those are the wrestlers with the most heart. Even the ones who never set foot on a mat for competition have gained a lot this year. They have learned about integrity, hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance; all which are true Red Hawk values, and values they can take with them into adulthood. I am very proud of all of these boys and girls this year.”

2015 Western regional champions were Veronica Tapia at 40lb in the 5/6 age group, Tyler Parmeter at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Gage Gardner at 155lb and the 13/14 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 170lb in the 13/14 age group.

Runners-up were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 7/8 age group , Trevor Marsman at 70lb in the 11/12 age group, Wayne White at 143 pounds in the 00/99 High School Division, and George Gonzales Jr at 174lb in the 00/99 High School Division.

Third place finishers were Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Kayden Scott at 133lb in the 11/12 age group, Fredrick White at 80lb in the 13/14 age group, and Michael Smith at 163lb in the 96/98 High School Division.

Fourth place finisher was Austin Emmorey at 100lb in the 13/14  age group.

Fifth place finisher was Aaron Smith at 130lb in the 13/14 age group.

Sixth  place finishers were Jonathan Libera at 52lb in the 5/6 age group, Juan Angel Acosta at 97lb in the 7/8 age group and Tacho Gonzales at 71lb in the 9/10 age group.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club will also be sending 9 female wrestlers to compete in the 2015 MYWAY Girls State Championship. Representing Cedar Springs in the Girls Division are Veronica Tapia, Analize Tapia, Cora Gonzales, Zoe Gonzales, Reese Gonzales, Allexis Gonzales, Madisyn Birtley, Rosie Castro, and Brooklyn Wright. Cedar Springs is a co-ed wrestling club, but they have the most registered female wrestlers in all of West Michigan. As the interest in wrestling for girls has grown, it has become apparent that head coach George Gonzales Sr. has something special to offer for girls wrestling, as many girls choose to attend his wrestling club.

Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers will be competing at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 27, 28 and 29 for their chance at the state championship title. If you would like to come check out any of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers, please look up the state finals schedule on Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Facebook page or at mywaywrestling.com. Thank you for supporting your wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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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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