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Varsity wrestlers punch tickets to State



The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling team claimed the title of regional champions last week. The last time they won that title was 23 years ago. Courtesy photo.

The Varsity wrestling team continued their magical post season run Wednesday night, February 13, against Reeths-Puffer and Allendale.

The stage was set in the Hawks Nest as the three evenly matched teams prepared to battle for the Regional Championship at Cedar Springs High School. The night would unavoidably end with dreams come true and broken hearts.

The Reeths-Puffer team had been tough all year long with solid wrestlers from head to toe. After eight classes and a 27-12 lead, it looked as though they would eliminate the Hawks after a nice season. However, Aaron Smith got things rolling with a MD (Major Decision) at 135 and sophomore Nate Elliston stole a match at 140. Lucus Pienton tightened the score to 27-23 with an MD at 145. 

In the 152 lb weight, class Anthony Brew turned legend. Brew, who had been hobbling on an ankle sprain for two weeks, chose to take the mat against an opponent who had defeated him 16-4 just days before. The acrobatic Brew bridged from his back to his feet and threw a chin whip on the way to pin his man and give the Hawks a two-point advantage. Alex Ream withheld a pin and State Champ Ryan Ringler finished the dual with a pin to close out the Rockets 35-31.

The following dual brought more fireworks. The Falcons of Allendale, led by local legendary coach Duane Watson, have reached the Regional finals five years in a row and are no strangers to the State tournament.

Xavier Anderson lit things up with an OT victory and the Hawks took the lead out of the gate. The Falcons came back to build a 24-9 advantage but once again Smith, Elliston and Pienton rose to the occasion and tied the dual at 24 a piece. After two consecutive pins from Allendale, there were only two weight classes left. Fortunately for the Red Hawks they had a few aces in the hole. Ringler pinned. Sage Serbenta pinned. The score was tied 36-36 and went to the officials for the tiebreaker. When the announcer rang, “Your winner on tiebreaker criteria C, Cedar Springs!” the hometown crowd erupted with joy and celebration. The Red Hawks had won their first Regional Wrestling Title since 1996. 

“That was one of the best sporting events I have ever been a part of!” said MYWA Coach James Streeter. “My kids were on the edge of their seats the whole time.” 

The boys now travel to Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo to represent the community at the MHSAA State Finals on Friday at 6:45 p.m.

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Youth wrestlers at Reeths Puffer


By Jacquie Troupe

CS Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Wrestling sent 25 wrestlers to Reeths-Puffer O & N on Sunday, December 16. They had 27 pins in 25:34 (1st) and scored 308 TMP (1st). They finished the day 52-34. 

Coach Scott Marsman said “We’re so pleased with how the kids are improving every week. They show up to practice every week ready to go and are excited to wrestle with confidence about what they are doing on the mat every Sunday. We have a great group of kids and parents and are really looking forward to the rest of the year!”

In the 2012-14 46lb class Brycen Alber placed 2nd, had 4 pins in 3:48 (1st), fastest pin was :19 (11th) and scored 18TMP. In the 49lb class Henry Galinis placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:55 (39th), his fastest pin was :21 (13th) and he scored 26TMP(34th). Ethan Trompen placed 3rd and his fastest pin was :24 (16th).

In the 2010-11 52lb Novice class Eli Gunderson placed 2nd and scored 15TMP. Kyam Gorby placed 3rd and scored 22TMP. Tristan Wilkerson placed 4th. In the 61lb class Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd, had 3 pins in 2:07 (5th) and his fastest pin was :39(53rd). In the 82lb class Tanner Wood placed 2nd. In the 52lb Open class Dawson Pike placed 4th. Chasyn Winchel was the 1st Place Champion in the 72lb class, had 3 pins in 2:18 (7th), his fastest pin was :36 (44th) and he scored 17TMP. At Christmas Sparty he placed 2nd. 

In the 2008-09 69lb Novice class Spencer Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 1:04 (24th) and his fastest pin was :24 (21st). In the 70lb class Caleb Austin placed 2nd. 75lb class Kale Faurot placed 4th and scored 33TMP (6th). In the 110lb class Zach Vu placed 3rd. In the 75lb class Deegan Pike placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :50(87th). In the 78lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :31 (30th). Jon Libera placed 2nd in the 81lb class, had 2 pins in 1:42 (35th) and his fastest pin was :22 (14th). 

In the 85lb Novice class Rory Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion and scored 32TMP (12th). In the 90lb class Kaiden Dreyer placed 2nd had 3 pins in 2:15 (6th) and his fastest pin was :43(69th).

In the 2004-05 138lb class Antwuan Nicholls placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:13 (26th) and his fastest pin was :34(38th). Carter Falan was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 5:19 (75th) and scored 28TMP (24th).

In the Christmas Sparty 150/170lb 15U Individual Maston Wood Placed 3rd.

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WMP wrestlers take top four spots


Results from Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country and US Junior Open Championships

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit entered 15 grapplers to compete at Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country in Battle Creek, and the US Junior Open Championships in Oklahoma (USJOC). Thirteen placed in the top four. Our team battled 37 times, with 24 ending in victory.

All results are for Reeths Puffer, unless otherwise noted. Placements are as follows:

3rd Place Medalists include 58 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley (Spartan Country), 7/8 age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 43 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 85 lb Joshua Howard, 9/10 Novice age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 59/63 lb Joshua Vasquez, 7/8 age group.

Champions are 90 lb Gage Bowen, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58/61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Andrew Moro (USJOC) Division 1; and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

“Our numbers were down for the holidays but the efforts were exceptional. These kids show consistent improvement towards reaching their goal of state and national titles,” said 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.-8:00 p.m.

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Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers take home medals


Reeths Puffer medalists kneeling: Wyatt Cooper, Marek Russ, Blake Falan, Trevor Marsman, Hudson Crystal, Gavyn Byxbe and Tucker Crystal. Back Row: Coach Brian Goike, Matthew Vaughn, Carter Falan, Daniel Vaughn, Ariana Meyers, Blake Pickard, Andrew VanGessel, Logan Troupe, Coach Austin Emmery and Coach Jake Marsman.  Photo Courtesy of Jacquie Troupe.

Reeths Puffer medalists kneeling: Wyatt Cooper, Marek Russ, Blake Falan, Trevor Marsman, Hudson Crystal, Gavyn Byxbe and Tucker Crystal.
Back Row: Coach Brian Goike, Matthew Vaughn, Carter Falan, Daniel Vaughn, Ariana Meyers, Blake Pickard, Andrew VanGessel, Logan Troupe, Coach Austin Emmery and Coach Jake Marsman.
Photo Courtesy of Jacquie Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Last weekend marked an end to winter break and the return to the mats for the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club. Fourteen members and their families traveled to tournaments at Reeths-Puffer High School and one to Lawton High School. Thirteen out of the 15 took home medals.

“After a two-week lay off from practice, the kids performed really well today,” said Coach Goike.

First place finishers were Tucker Crystal in the 4/5/6 year old 46lb Open

Division; Blake Falan in the 7/8 year old 55lb, and Hudson Crystal in the

7/8 year old 72lb Novice Divisions; Blake Pickard in the 9/10 year old 80lb

Novice Division; Trevor Marsman in the 11/12 year old 75lb, and Carter Falan in the 11/12 year old 90lb Open Divisions.

Second place wrestlers were Matthew Vaughn in the 9/10 year old 90lb Novice; and Daniel Vaughn in the 11/12 year old 105lb Open Divisions.

Third place grapplers were Marek Russ in the 7/8 year old 67lb Novice

Division; Wyatt Cooper in the 9/10 year old 110lb Open Division; and Andrew VanGessel in the 13/14 year old 80lb Open Division.

Finishing fourth were Logan Troupe in the 11/12 year old 85lb Novice Division at Reeths-Puffer; and Gavyn Byxbe in the 7/8 year old 67lb Open Division at Lawton.

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