By Barbra Chong
The first tournament of the 2016-2017 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Kentwood wrestling this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete with two entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. We also had one grappler travel to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals. Our team placed 18 of our young competitors in the top four. Out of 72 battles, WMP claimed 44 victories.
“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 2016 season brings”, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:
4th Place Medalists include 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 Novice division; 62 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division (Hawkeye Nationals); 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 Open division; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 Open division and 133/158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 division.
3rd Place Medalists include 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 Open division; 49 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 Open division and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division.
2nd Place Medalist include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division.
CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 Open division; 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 63 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.
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.