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Varsity wrestlers battle to second place finish in OK Bronze

Freshman Jordan Ringler

Freshman Jordan Ringler

The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling team battled to a solid second place finish in the OK Bronze individual wrestling tournament, on Saturday, behind state-ranked Greenville. Seven Red Hawk wrestlers made it to the finals, with two winning championships and five finishing with silver medals. Three other wrestlers advanced to the consolation finals, where there were two third place finishes and one fourth.

Freshman Jordan Ringler started things off with a gold medal at 103 pounds. Jordan won his finals match with a 6-0 shutout over the defending conference champ from Forest Hills Eastern. Ringler’s record for the season is 26-4.

Zach Wamser won his first conference championship by fall in the second period. Wamser, a junior, is a solid 21-1 heading into the state tournament.

Five wrestlers dropped their final match to finish second including 145-pounder Mike Smith, 160-pounder Logan McGahan, and 215-pounder Teddy Edwards. All three are juniors and are being counted on to be team leaders coming back into their senior seasons. Senior Kyle Rice was able to successfully trim down 35 pounds during the season and made his first varsity appearance at the conference finals at 189 pounds and added valuable team points with his second place effort. Freshman Patrick DePiazza also pulled out a silver medal at heavyweight in his first conference meet.

In the consolation battles for third place, Baron Lenardson came back strong after being pinned in his first match and avenged an earlier season loss with a smooth 17-3 major decision over his Northview opponent at 125 pounds. Anthony Topolski also won by a second period fall in his patented headlock at 140 pounds, for his first conference medal. Freshman Wayne White finished fourth at 135. In all, 10 Red Hawk grapplers placed in the tournament, with only two of them, Lenardson and Rice, being seniors.

“I feel that the team will be overall stronger next year and we are looking to marginalize the difference between us and Greenville,” said Coach Nick Emery.

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Wamser claims conference and district champ titles

Red Hawk wrestlers place at regionals. (L to R) Sophomore Jared Vodry 4th, senior Austin Wamser 1st, and junior Cody Oehme 3rd.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Team traveled to Coopersville on Saturday February 4th to compete in the OK Blue Conference Tournament.

The Young team with its few seasoned wrestlers put up a good fight with many placing. Senior Wrestler Austin Wamser led the Red Hawks by taking 1st and claiming the Conference Champ Title in the 152 pound weight class. Cody Oeheme took 3rd in the 125 pound weight class, as well as Nate Dorr claiming a 3rd place finish in the 135 pound weight class. The following Red Hawk wrestlers were able to fight and win their 4th place finishes:  Brett Bouwens in 119 pound class, Sean Thompson in the 140 pound class, Logan McGahnin the 160 pound class and Dominick Chong in the 171 pound weight class. Congratulations to all out conference placers.

The Red Hawks then traveled to Greenville on Wed. Feb 8 to compete in the Team Districts where Cedar Springs ended up being named the winner at the end due to Sparta, the #8 ranked team in the state, sending in an illegal wrestler in the 2nd to last match, forcing Sparta to forfeit the dual to Cedar Springs.  The Red Hawks then had only a mere 10 minutes to get ready to take on Greenville’s #5 state ranked team. The Red Hawks did what they could but fell to Greenville, giving them the Distict Champ Title.

On Saturday Feb. 11, the Red Hawk wrestlers then headed to Gaylord, where they competed in the Individual District Competition.  The Red Hawks came against many wrestlers that they had not wrestled throughout the season. Three Red Hawks were able to take places and move on to the Regional Individual Competition in Mt. Pleasant to be held on Feb. 18. Clinching the title of District Champion was senior Austin Wamser, taking 1st, in the 152 pound weight class.  Junior Cody Oehme placed  3rd in the 125 pound weight class and sophomore Jared Vodry placed 4th in the 145 pound weight class. When these Red Hawk wrestlers head to Mount Pleasant next week, senior Austin Wamser will also continue to strive toward his goal of 150 career wins, of which he is only 4 away.

“The kids did a great job wrestling all season for being such a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost.

Good luck to the three wrestlers headed to regional to continue shooting for their chance at a state title.

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