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MYWA wrestlers start season


Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

The first tournament of the 2014-2015 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Mona Shores last weekend.  West Michigan Pursuit took 21 grapplers to compete, with eight entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. Our team battled 70 times with 49 ending in victory. Twenty of our young competitors placed in the tournament.

“Looking at the group of kids I have, I have a feeling this will be one of the best groups, as a whole, I’ve had to work with so far. Judging from today’s competition, I am very impressed and excited to see what the season brings,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

5th Place Medalist include Chase Sarniak  in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46/49 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Bryan Vandermark in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

Champions include Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the11/12 Novice age group in the 133/158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100/130 lb wt class.

Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

 

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Wrestler ends season as 2014 State Champion


Coach Dave Andrus and Blake Peasley stepping off the mat after an undefeated season and becoming a 2014 State Champion.

Coach Dave Andrus and Blake Peasley stepping off the mat after an undefeated season and becoming a 2014 State Champion.

Last weekend was the final tournament for the West Michigan Pursuit 2014 season, MYWA State Finals. WMP took 15 grapplers to compete and five brought home a coveted All State Title. There were 265 teams and over 2,500 grapplers competing.

“I think there is a time when every coach questions the effect they have on their athletes. It’s moments like these that solidify why we do what we do,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.
Jayden Marcano-Cruz wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class. He battled six times with four ending in victory. Jayden had 31 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 7th place with a final record of 35-6.

Ty Whalen wrestled in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class. He had 13 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 6th place with a final record of 19-8.

Luke Egan wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class. He battled seven times with five ending in victory. Luke had 26 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 5th place with a final record of 55-7.

Brocke Fisher wrestled in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class. He battled four times with three ending in victory. Brocke had 13 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 3rd place with a final record of 19-7.

Blake Peasley wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 58 lb wt class. Blake is our only West Michigan Pursuit grappler who remained undefeated the entire season. He had 25 kids in his bracket. Going into the Championship match, Blake took on Da’Quavon White from the East Region, who also had an undefeated season. The stakes were high on both sides. During the third period, the score was tied 5-5, and, with three seconds left on the clock, Blake got the last take down, with a final score of 7-5. Blake is a second year wrestler who finished out his season with a record of 33-0. He is our first MYWA State Champion! Congratulations Blake on such a huge accomplishment.
We also had Hannah Pienton who competed in the MYWA All-Girls State Championship. This is Hannah’s first year of wrestling and she joined the sport half way into the season. She battled in the 12 and under age group in the 85 lb wt class and finished in 4th place.

Olivia Male competed in the USAW Women’s Nationals. She competed in the 9/10 age group in the 70 lb wt class and finished in 6th place. What a great accomplishment to be recognized as top 6 in the nation. All of our wrestlers who stepped on the mat this weekend wrestled tough. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

 

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers going to state


Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Last weekend was the last tournament before State Finals, which was hosted by Ionia. West Michigan Pursuit brought nine grapplers to compete and eight placed in the top four. The team battled 30 times with 17 ending in victory.

“I admire the kids who did not qualify for State but are still on the pursuit of becoming a Champion,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 75/80 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100/105 lb wt class and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 77 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class and Chase Sarniak in the 4/56 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Champions are Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Please watch for the State Finals results next week, which will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Good luck to all of the young grapplers competing next weekend! You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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Young wrestlers medal at tournaments


Ty Whalen

Ty Whalen

The West Michigan Pursuit team brought 22 grapplers to compete this past weekend. Pursuit entered 20 grapplers to battle at Fruitport and two battled at Alma. Fruitport offered Novice and Open Divisions and the Alma tournament is an Open Tournament that appealed to the more seasoned wrestlers with trophy awards being offered. The team battled 71 times with 35 ending in victory and 18 grapplers placing in the top 4.

“I am very impressed with the performance consistency of these kids and how hard they work to continuously improve,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95/100 lb wt class, Austin Ortowski (06/05 Open) in the 97/112 lb wt class, Kaden Ortowski in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122/130 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in 11/12 Open age group in the 112/119 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Nathan Male in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class, Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class. *Hannah’s first competition!

2nd Place Medalist include Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85/90 lb wt class, Corbin Orange in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class and Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95/100 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 58/64 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 60/65 lb wt class.

Special recognition still applies to Blake Peasley, who remains undefeated. Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

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Wrestlers take top spots


Olivia Male

Olivia Male

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Orchardview Tournament on Super Bowl Sunday last weekend, bringing eighteen grapplers to compete, with twelve entering the novice division. Pursuit placed 17 in the top 4. This week brought 35 victories out of 59 battles. Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus said, “I am very proud to represent the past, the present and the future of wrestling.” This week’s placements are as follows:

4th place medalists include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 64 lb wt class and Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 107/114 lb wt class.

3rd place medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95/100/105 lb wt class, Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class and Colton Schmid in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class.

2nd place medalists include Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80/85 lb wt class, Austin Ortowski (06/05 Open) in the 97/112 lb wt class, Kaden Ortowski in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class. Kaden wrestled his own teammate, Luke Egan for the Championship!

Champions are Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85/90 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49/52/58 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 122/130 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in 11/12 Novice age group in the 119 lb wt class, and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 60/65 lb wt class. Special recognition to Blake Peasley and Zak Schmid, who both remain undefeated. Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit.  We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Wrestlers earn medals


Second place medalist Luke Egan.

Second place medalist Luke Egan.

West Michigan Pursuit braved the crazy Michigan weather to attend the Forest Hills Tournament last weekend, bringing 18 grapplers to compete, and 13 placing in the top 4. This week brought a total of 59 battles, with 33 ending in victory for the Pursuit family.

“The interest in youth level wrestling keeps growing in numbers,” said owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Our facility alone has 14 kids who are trying this competitive sport for the first time this season and are completely hooked.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

Fourth Place Medalists include Chayson Chlebek in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class; Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class; Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 107/114 lb wt class; and Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class. It was Blake’s first tournament!

Third Place Medalists include Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class; Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class; and Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt lb class. It was Derek’s first tournament.

Second Place Medalist was Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt clas.

Champions are Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class; Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 58 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class; Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 122/130 lb wt class; and Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class. Special recognition still applies to Blake Peasley who remains undefeated.

Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit.  We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

 

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Local wrestling club sees gold


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These three wrestlers were undefeated in a tournament last weekend. L to R: Nathan Male, Nathan Elliston and Olivia Male. Coach Dave Andrus standing in back.

West Michigan Pursuit, located on White Creek Avenue, has been open for training just six short months, and already owner Dave Andrus is seeing the kids’ hard work start to pay off. This past Sunday, Andrus, who is also Cedar Springs High School’s varsity wrestling coach, took three kids to an individual MYWA tournament in Mendon, Michigan to kick off the season. With over 200 wrestlers in attendance, and over 50 in the 7/8 year old bracket alone, the kids wrestled a combined 14 matches with each finishing undefeated in their weight class.   Nathan Male finished with 3 pins, one bye and one decision. Olivia Male finished with four decisions, and Nathan Elliston ended the day with 4 pins and one decision. All three are students at Beach Elementary School in Cedar Springs.

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