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WMP wrestlers to advance to state


WMP qualifiers for the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 21 grapplers to wrestle at regionals last weekend, and 20 are advancing to the state finals in two weeks. Of the 20 qualifiers, 13 are Regional Champions. As a team, they are currently ranked as follows: 

#5 for Most Pins/Least Time with 27 pins in 42.11. 

#1 for most Tech Falls/Least Time with 8 tech falls in 22.16. 

#3 for most Pins/Tech Falls/Least Time with 35 in 64.27. 

#4 for Most total match points 413 points and #1 for Winning Percentage 58 wins/11 Losses 82% win ratio. 

Individual placements are as follows: 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 5th Place. 95 lb Blake Hammer, 2004 age group; 100 lb Isa Starr, 2007 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 2007 age group finished 3rdPlace. 55 lb Kaleb Pautke,7/8 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 2008 age group finished 2nd Place. 

2018 Regional Champions are 67 lb Evan Andrews,2008 age group; 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 2005 age group; 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 2008 age group; 75 lb Harper Cheng, 2007 age group; 43 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 2007 age group; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 2008 age group; 85 Blake Peasley, 2007 age group; 138 lb Aaron Smith, HS; 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 2007 age group; 65 lb Josh Vasquez, 2006 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

We also want to recognize some grapplers who have practiced with us full time all season but do not currently wrestle under WMP: 

63 lb Hunter Eek, 2008 age group finished 3rd Place; and 80 lb Alex Buskirk, 2007 age group finished 2nd Place. 

2018 Regional Champions are 55 lb Tanner Cowles, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Ian Cook, 2006 age group and 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 2007 age group. 

WMP also recognizes the hard work of the following grapplers: Quinten Cassiday and Brody Compau, who earned their back to back Regional Championships; Tyler Parmeter, Josh Vasquez and Blake Werkema earned their 3rd consecutive Regional Championship; Ayden McClurken, Drew Moro and Blake Peasley earned their 4th consecutive Regional Championship; and Luke Egan earned his 5th consecutive Regional Championship. 

“These kids continue to exceed my expectations week after week,” said head coach Dave Andrus. “They have diligently pushed themselves and each other to get where they are right now. Going into the State Finals in a few weeks, I have the highest of confidence on their performance. A very special thank you to Bill, Aaron and all of my supportive parents. We are not coaching an elite group of All Stars. We are showing them the path it takes to realize their hard work come to fruition to be recognized as an All Star. This is what I strive for.” 

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Youth wrestlers headed to state


Over seven hundred youth wrestlers attended the MYWAY Wrestling Western 

S-Wrestlers-youthRegionals held at Grandville High School on March 9 and 10, 2013. This year Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club is boasting a total of fourteen regional placers, 10 of whom are MYWAY State qualifiers. Of those 10 state qualifiers, four were Regional Champions!

This year’s Regional Champions were Landon Demorest in the 7-8 year old 43 lbs division, Braden Hallman in the 7-8 year old 61 lbs division, Ryan Ringler in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, and Jordan Ringler in the 13-14 year old 85 lbs division. All four of these champions were undefeated this year in regular season tournaments. They will be leading the Red Hawks into the State Finals to be held this weekend, March 22, 23 and 24, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Additional state qualifiers were those who finished in the top four of their divisions. Keaton Klaasen took second in the 4-6 year old 46 lbs division. Third place finishers were Austin Averill in the 4-6 year old 37 lbs, Reese Gonzales in the 11-12 year old 85 lbs, Gage Gardner in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, Allexis Gonzales 11-12 year old 126 lbs, and George Gonzales Jr. in the 13-14 year old 155 lbs division.

The last four regional placers narrowly missed their chance at finals by taking 5th and 6th in their divisions. Logan Hull and Bryce Hallman both took fifth place in the 11-12 year old division; Logan at 75 lbs and Bryce at 100 lbs. Pistachio Gonzales and Aiden Bouwens both finished in sixth place; Pistachio in the 4-6 year 52 lbs division and Aiden in the 9-10 year 85 lbs division. Hundreds of wrestlers were put out of the tournament within the first several rounds of wrestling. All of these wrestlers worked very hard to place at regionals. Good luck to those who are attending State Finals this weekend. Get out there and show them what Cedar Springs is made of, Champions!

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