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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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Young wrestlers battle at Sparta


Brocke Fisher

Brocke Fisher

This week’s MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Sparta. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete, half entering Novice and the other half entering the Open division. Our team battled 59 times with 30 ending in victory. This past weekend placed 14 of our young competitors in the top 4.

“I challenged my kids to beat their personal fastest pin for this season and six rose to the challenge. I now owe six King Sized Candy Bars! These kids have heart and a competitive drive to be the best,” 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 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in 11/12 Open age group in the 112/119 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 107/114 lb wt class and Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80/85 lb wt class, Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65/70 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122/130 lb wt class, Colton Schmid in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 95/100 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Cody McHenry in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 155/170 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 49/52/58 lb wt class. Blake still 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!

We somehow missed Brocke Fisher from last week’s Champions. He also took 1st Place at the Tri County tournament in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt class. Way to go!

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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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