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Varsity Wrestlers top Greenville for fourth consecutive year

Boys wrestling celebrates an exciting victory over arch rival Greenville Yellow Jackets. Pictured is Trevor Marsman, Cole Haack, Izak Wellshimer, Andrew VanGessel Alex Ream, Brady Ammell, Anthony Lizardo, Nate Male, Brandon Palasek. Courtesy photo.

It was a nail biting, seat gripping, disco light show, action packed Friday night in the Hawks Nest as the Red Hawks host Greenville and Ottawa Hills. The Red Hawks prevailed in thrilling fashion as junior Anthony Lizardo pinned his man in the final match to claim the duel victory over Greenville.

The first year wrestler Lizardo explains, “I was terrified. I wanted to do it for the team. It was a big deal.”

Head Coach Nick Emery, who is in his eighth season leading the Red Hawks, described the win as “One of our most memorable victories with a great home crowd and a scrappy young team that refused to quit.”

The Hawks took care of business with a win over Ottawa Hills and finished 5-1 in the OK White for the fourth consecutive season. The team finishes four years of OK White action with a 20-4 record and their only defeats coming at the hands of state champ Lowell.

Heading into the post season, the squad is paced by Trevor Marsman (41-0), Andrew VanGessel (30-2) Nate Elliston (35-7) Carter Falan (21-7) Alex Ream (21-7) and Landon Demorest (21-12). The boys can next be found Friday night at Lowell high school competing for OK White individual Championships. 

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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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Red Hawk wrestlers win first District Title in over a decade

Red Hawks soar over Greenville and Sparta

The Cedar Springs boys varsity wrestling team flew into Sparta Wednesday afternoon, February 6, on a mission to capture the District Title. The opposition for the day included the defending District Champion Sparta Spartans (28-4) and the Greenville Yellow Jackets (owners of 13 straight District Mittens from 2005-2017).

Red Hawk David Erxleben Jr. started the competition with a bang by claiming a major decision over his opponent. Logan Hull followed up with what Coach Emery calls, “The gutsiest performance of the decade.” In a 4-2 come back victory, Hull had used up all his injury time in the first period while getting sick on the mat. Overcoming a 2-0 deficit and the stomach bug, he pulled out a dramatic finish in the third period over a strong Spartan wrestler, in what would be the most decisive match of the season.

Aaron Smith and Nate Elliston did their jobs with key victories and the Hawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Sparta knifed their way back in through the middle weights to cut the lead 14-12 but three straight pins from Ryan Ringler, Sage Serbenta and Xavier Anderson all but iced it for the Red Hawks. Trevor Marsman sealed the deal with a pin at 112lbs and with a final score of 38-30 the boys moved on Greenville.

The Greenville dual ended with a final score of 47-23 as the Red Hawks overpowered the Yellow Jackets in 9 of 14 weight classes.

The mission was a complete success and the team celebrated their first District Title in over a decade.

The team moves on to regionals on Wednesday, February 13 at Cedar Springs High School, in search of their first regional victory since 1996. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Come on out and show your support for your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawks crush competition on Parents’ Night

From Ho Chi Minh City to Cedar Springs. Exchange student Long “Jack” Nguyen has traveled over 8,500 miles to enjoy his first taste of glory on the mat as a Red Hawk wrestler. Courtesy photo.

The varsity wrestlers said “Thank You” to their parents on Friday night by crushing Greenville and Ottawa Hills in O-K White competition.

Arch rival Greenville buzzed into town tied with the Red Hawks for second place in the O-K White at 3-1. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early 18-0 lead but Cedar Springs went on to win nine of the next 11 bouts  to claim a final victory with a score of 47-24. The Red Hawks followed up by defeating the Ottawa Hills Bengals 70-6. The senior class includes Logan Hull, Aaron Smith, Lucus Pienton, Anthony Brew, Ryan Ringler, Bill Hammer and Xavier Anderson.

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Ringler takes state

Six individual Red Hawk wrestlers competed at state last weekend (L to R): Jacob Galinis, Anthony Brew, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith. That’s the first time Cedar Springs sent that many since 1992.

Six Red Hawks earned the trip to Ford Field to compete in the MHSAA State Championships last weekend. “They would like to thank all of the family and friends who made the journey and shared in the adventure. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it,” said Coach Nick Emery.

Trevor Marsman, Aaron Smith, Jacob Galinis, and Anthony Brew all made their first appearance at the State tournament and wrestled tremendously. The boys trained hard and were grateful for the opportunity to compete. Marsman, Smith, and Brew will look to return next season and stand on the podium, while Galinis walks away as one of the most decorated Red Hawk wrestlers of the decade.

Lucus Pienton and Ryan Ringler were no strangers to the State Tournament. Both juniors placed third as sophomores and made the trip down their freshman season as well.

 Pienton dropped a quarterfinal match to the eventual runner-up but went on to win three straight and take third place once again. He finished the season with an outstanding 50 victories, Already a two time medalist, Pienton will look to cap off his sensational career next season with a State Championship.

Ryan Ringler has been on a tear since he began as a freshman. A third place finish as a freshman and sophomore wouldn’t deter him on his quest for a championship. Ringler breezed through the opening round, then captured a 7-4 decision in the quarterfinals. His semifinal matchup with Juawan Vines ended in a tech fall. Next up came Cade Dallawitz, a 54-4 junior from Holly. Ryan scored the first takedown then never looked back, claiming a 9-4 decision and a State Championship for Cedar Springs.

The State Championship is the first by a Red Hawk since Dean Myers in 1998, and the 11th in program history. With 55 wins, Ringler also set a new school record formerly held by heavyweight teammate and state runner-up Patrick DePiazza, who claimed 54 wins in 2016.

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Six Red Hawk wrestlers headed to state finals

These six Red Hawk Varsity wrestlers are headed to the State Wrestling Championships at Ford Field March 2-3. Pictured L to R: Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler Anthony Brew, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith.

The Varsity Wrestling Program matched school history on Saturday by sending six individuals to the State Championships at Ford Field on March 2-3, 2018. Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), Jacob Galinis (140), Anthony Brew (145), Lucus Pienton (152) and Ryan Ringler (171) have earned the privilege of wrestling for the title of State Champion.

According to Varsity Coach Nick Emery, the only other time that the Red Hawks sent this many wrestlers to the state finals was in 1992.

Ringler is a two time Regional Champion and two-time returning all-stater. With a 51-1 record and #1 ranking on migrappler.com he will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

Pienton enters the tournament at 45-7 on the year. A two time qualifier and a third place finish last season makes him a top contender that no one will overlook.

Jacob Galinis finally makes his first state tournament appearance and will finish his carreer as a Red Hawk with two Conference Championships and over 100 wins. Galinis is dangerous on his feet and could catch anyone at anytime. 

Aaron Smith struts into Ford Field with confidence after a late season collapse kept him out in 2017. Smith loves his mother and is primed to make her proud by bringing home some hardware in 2018.

Trevor Marsman became only the fifth freshman in school history to step into limelight. At 103 lbs Marsman brings a sweetshot and mental toughness that will be hard to knockout.

Anthony Brew made his way through in exciting fashion with a dramatic last second comeback victory over his Allendale opponent in the blood round. Brew looks to follow in family footsteps with a solid showing next weekend.

This will mark the first time Ford Field has host the MHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Action starts at noon on Friday March 2 with the semifials at 730 pm and concluding with the finals at 3 pm on Saturday. Good Luck Red Hawks!

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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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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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