The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Team traveled to Coopersville on Saturday February 4th to compete in the OK Blue Conference Tournament.
The Young team with its few seasoned wrestlers put up a good fight with many placing. Senior Wrestler Austin Wamser led the Red Hawks by taking 1st and claiming the Conference Champ Title in the 152 pound weight class. Cody Oeheme took 3rd in the 125 pound weight class, as well as Nate Dorr claiming a 3rd place finish in the 135 pound weight class. The following Red Hawk wrestlers were able to fight and win their 4th place finishes: Brett Bouwens in 119 pound class, Sean Thompson in the 140 pound class, Logan McGahnin the 160 pound class and Dominick Chong in the 171 pound weight class. Congratulations to all out conference placers.
The Red Hawks then traveled to Greenville on Wed. Feb 8 to compete in the Team Districts where Cedar Springs ended up being named the winner at the end due to Sparta, the #8 ranked team in the state, sending in an illegal wrestler in the 2nd to last match, forcing Sparta to forfeit the dual to Cedar Springs. The Red Hawks then had only a mere 10 minutes to get ready to take on Greenville’s #5 state ranked team. The Red Hawks did what they could but fell to Greenville, giving them the Distict Champ Title.
On Saturday Feb. 11, the Red Hawk wrestlers then headed to Gaylord, where they competed in the Individual District Competition. The Red Hawks came against many wrestlers that they had not wrestled throughout the season. Three Red Hawks were able to take places and move on to the Regional Individual Competition in Mt. Pleasant to be held on Feb. 18. Clinching the title of District Champion was senior Austin Wamser, taking 1st, in the 152 pound weight class. Junior Cody Oehme placed 3rd in the 125 pound weight class and sophomore Jared Vodry placed 4th in the 145 pound weight class. When these Red Hawk wrestlers head to Mount Pleasant next week, senior Austin Wamser will also continue to strive toward his goal of 150 career wins, of which he is only 4 away.
“The kids did a great job wrestling all season for being such a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost.
Good luck to the three wrestlers headed to regional to continue shooting for their chance at a state title.