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WMP wrestlers place in top four


Pictured is Harper Cheng, Champion in the 75 lb, 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 16 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and 15 placed in the top 4. 

Blake Werkema, travelled to Chippewa Hills and wrestled in the 52 lb, 7/8 age group. He went undefeated and claimed his first Championship of the season. 

Three grapplers travelled to Vicksburg for the opportunity to claim a Championship ring instead of the typical medal. Aaiden Vasquez, 61 lb 7/8 age group finished 2nd. Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group, both claimed Championship titles along with their Championship rings. 

Four grapplers traveled to Oxford for the Northeast Greights tournament. Kellen Weckesser, 59 lb 9/10 age group finished 3rd. Finishing second was Quinten Cassiday, 63 lb 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to GVSU. Kamden Witte, 67 lb 9/10 age group finished 4th. Finishing second was 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 67 lb Caden Green, 7/8 Novice age group; and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group. Those claiming Championship titles included 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group. This was Harper’s first Championship of the season. 

“Each week my athletes and their families continue to impress me with their dedication to this sport. Even with the inclement weather and being Super Bowl Sunday, these kids all showed up to compete. We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers all place in tournaments


 

Kaleb Pautke was the 55 lb Champion in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and everyone one of them placed. 

Drew Moro, 64 lbs, traveled to Oklahoma for Tulsa Nationals. He went 4-2 for the day, and finished in 5th Place. 

Five traveled to Sterling Heights for the Metro Greights tournament and 12 went to Ionia. Metro Greights results: 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group finished 2nd Place. Greights Champions are 67 lb Luke Egan and 85 lb Blake Peasley, both in the 9/10 age groups. 

Ionia results: 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 novice age group and 63/37 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 65/70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 age group and 95/100 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63/67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 65/70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Ionia Champions are 43/46 lb Brody Compau and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, both 7/8 age groups. 

“Our kids have excellent team and sportsmanship qualities. I could not be more proud of this team,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers win medals, championship rings


Pictured is Brody Compau, champion of the 46 lb 7/8 division. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had two grapplers travel to Bay County this weekend looking to earn the Monster Medals and Championship rings offered for 1st Place. Both Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group, and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, went undefeated and claimed what they came for, each earning another Championship Title. Moro also earned the Most Valuable Wrestler award. 

WMP had 16 grapplers enter the Orchardview tournament and placed 14 in the top 5. Orchardview was also a “Greights” tournament which attracts several tough competitors from all over the state. Isaiah Sostenes, 80 lbs 9/10 age group finished 5th. 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 95 lb Blake Hammer, 13/15 age group and 90 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group finished in 3rd. 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished in 2nd. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

“I see growth in each athlete every week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “I love having them light up when moves they drill at practice provide the intended result during a live match! We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers place at two events


Tatianna Castillo was champion in the 52lb 7/8 age group at Grandville.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit split up this weekend to compete at the Mat Mahem Duals and Individual event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Grandville tournament. 

Brody Compau wrestled with Team MYWAY Blue, 8U. Compau claimed a victory and his team finished 8th. Drew Moro wrestled on Team MYWAY Red, 8U. He went undefeated for the day and his team finished 3rd. Moro also entered the 61 and 64 lb individual event and claimed Championship titles in both weight classes. Luke Egan and Tyler Parmeter wrestled with Team MYWAY Blue, 10U. Egan claimed 4 victories for the team and finished 4th in the individual. Parmeter claimed a victory for the team and finished 4th in the individual. Their team finished 12th. Blake Peasley wrestled with Team MYWAY Red, 10U. Peasley claimed 3 victories for the team. He finished 3rd in the individual and his team took 6th. Josh Vasquez wrestled for Team MYWAY Blue, 12U. Vasquez claimed 4 victories for the team and finished 3rd in the individual. His team finished in in 12th. Quinten Cassiday and Kaleb Pautke entered both Mat Mahem and Grandville.  Pautke finished 3rd at Mat Mahem in the 8U, 55 lb wt class and claimed a Championship title at Grandville in the 7/8 age group, 55 lb wt class. Cassiday finished 3rd at Mat Mahem in the 10U, 62 lb wt class and 2nd at Grandville in the 9/10 age group, 63 lb wt class. Kellen Weckesser entered Mat Mahem and finished 5th in the 10U, 58 lb wt class. 

Grandville results are as follows: 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes finished 3rd in the 9/10 age group. 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group and 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished in 2nd Place. Champions of the day are 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group. Congratulations to Isaiah Smith, this is his first Championship title! 

“I have been pushing these kids hard this year preparing them for very bright futures. I am very proud of their response. They are competing with some of the best wrestlers in the nation,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestler claims national title


Drew Moro claimed the 2017 Hawkeye National Title last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Other wrestlers place at Kentwood

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2017-2018 MYWA Western Region was hosted by Kentwood wrestling. West Michigan Pursuit brought 16 grapplers to compete with one entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. One grappler—Drew Moro—traveled to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals in Iowa. 

On Saturday, December 2, Drew Moro bumped up an age group and entered the 3rd/4th grade division in the 66 lb wt class, finishing in 2nd Place. On Sunday, he entered his own age group, 1st/2nd grade division in the 65 lb wt class. After two days of tough competition, Moro battled hard and claimed the 2017 Hawkeye Nationals Championship Title. 

At the Kentwood tournament, West Michigan Pursuit placed 15 young competitors in the top three. Out of 60 battles, WMP claimed 43 victories. 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 64 lb Caden Green, 7/8 age group and 90 lb Blake Hammer all finished in 3rd Place. 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 85 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group all finished in 2nd Place. Both Pautke and Parmeter battled back and went 4-1 claiming their True Second. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 40/46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 65/70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

“Each year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to be a part of the continued success here at WMP.  Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2017 season brings,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus. 

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, come check us out.  We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

 

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WMP wrestlers end season at national tournaments


By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had wrestlers registered to compete in two different National tournaments last weekend.

Drew Moro traveled to Missouri for the Adidas Nationals. Moro entered the 2nd Grade division in the 61 lb wt class. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing in 2nd Place, and earning All American status. He ended with a 44-11 season record. Moro also entered their Mohawk contest and won with 190 votes.

The rest of the team traveled to Battle Creek for NUWAY Nationals. As a team, West Michigan Pursuit finished 32 out of 297 teams. WMP entered seven wrestlers and five earned All American status by placing in the top 8.

Chayson Eberspeaker entered the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class. He went 2-2 for the day, finishing in 7th Place and ending with a 36-11 season record. Quinten Cassiday entered the 7/8 age group in the 61 lb wt class. He went 4-2 for the day, finishing in 5th Place and ending with a 52-6 season record.

Josh Vasquez and Blake Werkema both finished in 4th Place. Vasquez entered the 9/10 age group in the 59 lb wt class. He went 4-2 for the day and ended with a 48-7 season record. He also made the top 100 for number of pins for the National tournament. He had 3 pins with a combined time of 4:45 out of 1,221 wrestlers. Werkema entered the 4/6 age group in the 47 lb wt class. He went 3-2 for the day and ended with a 50-5 season record.

Kellen Weckesser entered the 7/8 age group in the 54 lb wt class. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing in 2nd Place and ending with a 40-15 season record.

“My mission from the start has always been the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “I am extremely proud of the success we are having. It’s not always about how these kids win; recovering after an emotional loss and continuing to succeed is equally important. These are valuable life lessons as they continue to grow and mature. I feel fortunate to have so many parents trust me as I try to instill these values into their kids.”

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WMP wrestlers at State finals


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S-Wrestling-WMP-State-Finals-1295Six earn all-state honors

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Lansing Center for the 2017 State Finals this past weekend. There were 272 teams and just over 2900 wrestlers registered to compete. WMP is currently ranked #41 as a team. They had 16 individuals enter the tournament and six finished in the top 5, earning All State Recognition.

The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Luke Egan won 3 matches; Carter Castillo, Chayson Eberspeaker and Kellen Weckesser all won two matches each and Logan Bennet won a match.

Final placements are as follows:

Quinten Cassiday entered the 61 lb wt class in the 7/8 age group and finished in 5th Place. Cassiday’s season record is 48-4.

Ahmad Starr entered the 138 lb wt class in the High School division and finished 4th Place.

Finishing in third place was 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group, and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group. Vasquez has a season record of 44-5. Werkema’s season record is 47-3, and he also made the top 100 for most pins at the State Finals. He is currently listed at #59 with 3 pins totaling 1:34.

In the 7/8 age group, 58 lb Drew Moro and 67 lb Tyler Parmeter both finished in 2nd Place. Parmeter’s season record is 38-11 and Moro’s season record is 41-10.

State Champion is 75 lb Blake “Beast” Peasley, 9/10 age group, finishing his season with a 48-8 record. This is Peasley’s second State Title, with his first one in the 2014 season.

“A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal.”

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WMP West Regionals results


WMP state qualifiers. Photo by B. Chong.

WMP state qualifiers. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Caledonia for the 2016-2017 Regionals. Twenty-one individuals entered the tournament and 17 placed in the top four, which qualifies them to compete at the State tournament in two weeks at the Lansing Center.

Finishing in fourth place was 90 lb Logan Bennett, 11/12 age group.

In third place was 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group.

Finishing in second place was 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 122 lb David Erxleben, High School division; 75 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

Regional Champions are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 155 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division; 138 lb Ahmad Starr, High School division; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

“My first year running WMP, I had seven individuals qualify with three Regional Champions. Five years later, I have 17 individuals qualifying with 10 Regional Championship titles. These kids and their parents continue to impress me with their neverending support and dedication. The combined efforts are what makes this program a success,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers finish in top places


West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had another busy weekend of wrestling. 62 lb Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals Midwest Tour. Drew finished 5th Place in the First and Second Grade division.

58 lb Kellen Weckesser entered the Chippewa Hills tournament. Kellen finished 2nd in the 7/8 age group.

WMP had 19 grapplers enter the Greenville Tournament and placed 17 in the top four. 80 lb Isa Starr finished 4th Place in the 9/10 age group. Finishing in third was 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; 55/59 lb Mason Hendrick, 9/10 age group; 52/55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group. In second place was 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group. Sostenes battled hard. He lost his first match of the day and battled back with a record of 5-1 to finish with a true second.

Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 65/75 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 145/155 lb Aaiden Dowdell, 13/15 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“As we get closer to Regionals, we are starting to peak at the right time and their confidence grows each week. These kids are learning to focus on their own in preparation of their matches,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers win trophies, medals


 

Results from Battle on the Eve, Great Lakes Championship, Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego.

By Barbra Chong

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

West Michigan Pursuit has had a busy schedule of wrestling. Drew Moro traveled to Missouri for the Battle on the Eve, December 31. He competed in the 8 and under age group/60 lb weight class. Drew went undefeated, 4-0 and took the Championship Title.

Friday, January 6, seven grapplers traveled to Indiana for the Great Lakes Championship. Competitors from California to Pennsylvania came to compete in this tough tournament. 14U, 143 lb Aaiden Dowdell finished 7thPlace; 10U, 58 lb Josh Vasquez, finished 8th Place, and 80 lb Blake Peasley finished 7th Place; 8U, 58 lb Drew Moro finished 6th Place, and 72 lb Tyler Parmeter finished 8th Place.

Sunday, January 8, the team split to compete at Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego. Blake Peasley entered the MYWAY Greights tournament in Otsego. He went undefeated, 4-0 taking the Championship Title in the 80 lb wt class/ 9/10 age group.

WMP entered 6 grapplers at the Big Rapids trophy tournament. The 2 foot tall trophies attracted several tough competitors. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke took 3rd Place in the 9/10 age group. Taking home Championship titles were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group, and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

The West Region tournament was held at Grandville where eight WMP grapplers entered to compete. 55/59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Those taking home Championship titles included 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 67/72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group and 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“After a difficult start to the weekend with Great Lakes Nationals, I was very impressed how they refocused and dominated on Sunday,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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