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WMP wrestlers all finish in top three spots


Blake Peasley, 85 lb Champion in the 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 14 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and all 14 placed in the top 3 at various tournaments.

Kellen Weckesser at 59 lbs and Kamden Witte, 67 lbs, both in the 9/10 age group, traveled to Lakeview. Both Weckesser and Witte went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Xavier Carpentier, 70 lbs, 11/12 age group, 75 lb Harper Cheng 9/10 age group, and 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 Novice age group, all travelled to Thornapple Kellogg-Middleville.  Smith finished 3rd. Carpentier and Cheng both went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals. Moro entered the 66 lb 3rd/4th grade division on Saturday. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro then entered the 65 lb 1st/2nd grade division on Sunday. He went 2-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro came home with two new belts!

The remainder of the team traveled to Dewitt for the Central Greights tournament. Tyler Parmeter, 75 lbs, 9/10 age group, finished 3rd. Tatianna Castillo, 55 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the All Girls division. Brody Compau, 46 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the open division. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“Wrestling is one of the best sports for building character. These kids and their parents are amazing. I cannot wait to see these kids finish out their careers on the podium at High School State Finals,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers place in top four


Pictured is Harper Cheng, Champion in the 75 lb, 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 16 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and 15 placed in the top 4. 

Blake Werkema, travelled to Chippewa Hills and wrestled in the 52 lb, 7/8 age group. He went undefeated and claimed his first Championship of the season. 

Three grapplers travelled to Vicksburg for the opportunity to claim a Championship ring instead of the typical medal. Aaiden Vasquez, 61 lb 7/8 age group finished 2nd. Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group, both claimed Championship titles along with their Championship rings. 

Four grapplers traveled to Oxford for the Northeast Greights tournament. Kellen Weckesser, 59 lb 9/10 age group finished 3rd. Finishing second was Quinten Cassiday, 63 lb 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to GVSU. Kamden Witte, 67 lb 9/10 age group finished 4th. Finishing second was 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 67 lb Caden Green, 7/8 Novice age group; and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group. Those claiming Championship titles included 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group. This was Harper’s first Championship of the season. 

“Each week my athletes and their families continue to impress me with their dedication to this sport. Even with the inclement weather and being Super Bowl Sunday, these kids all showed up to compete. We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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West Michigan Pursuit at North Greights/West Ottawa     


 

Quinten Cassiday was Champion of the 63 lb 9/10 Age Group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong 

 

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle last weekend and 16 placed in the top four. 

Desmond Smith, 58 lbs, 7/8 age group travelled to West Ottawa. Smith went 3-0 for the day taking home the Championship Title. Tatianna Castillo, 52 lbs, entered the All Girls tournament in the 7/8 age group. Castillo went 3-0, claiming a Championship Title. 

The rest of the team traveled to Big Rapids for the North Greights tournament. Blake Hammer, 90 lbs, 13/15 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 

Evan Andrews, 67 lbs, 9/10 age group; 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group all finished 3rd. 

Isaiah Sostenes, 80 lbs, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group all finished 2nd. 

Champions of the day are 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. 

“Watching these kids build momentum each week is exciting. Their passion and drive is displayed every time they step on the mat. I am thankful for my athletes and the support of their parents,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers all place in tournaments


 

Kaleb Pautke was the 55 lb Champion in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and everyone one of them placed. 

Drew Moro, 64 lbs, traveled to Oklahoma for Tulsa Nationals. He went 4-2 for the day, and finished in 5th Place. 

Five traveled to Sterling Heights for the Metro Greights tournament and 12 went to Ionia. Metro Greights results: 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group finished 2nd Place. Greights Champions are 67 lb Luke Egan and 85 lb Blake Peasley, both in the 9/10 age groups. 

Ionia results: 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 novice age group and 63/37 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 65/70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 age group and 95/100 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63/67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 65/70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Ionia Champions are 43/46 lb Brody Compau and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, both 7/8 age groups. 

“Our kids have excellent team and sportsmanship qualities. I could not be more proud of this team,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers win medals, championship rings


Pictured is Brody Compau, champion of the 46 lb 7/8 division. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had two grapplers travel to Bay County this weekend looking to earn the Monster Medals and Championship rings offered for 1st Place. Both Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group, and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, went undefeated and claimed what they came for, each earning another Championship Title. Moro also earned the Most Valuable Wrestler award. 

WMP had 16 grapplers enter the Orchardview tournament and placed 14 in the top 5. Orchardview was also a “Greights” tournament which attracts several tough competitors from all over the state. Isaiah Sostenes, 80 lbs 9/10 age group finished 5th. 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 95 lb Blake Hammer, 13/15 age group and 90 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group finished in 3rd. 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished in 2nd. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

“I see growth in each athlete every week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “I love having them light up when moves they drill at practice provide the intended result during a live match! We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers claim titles


Brody Compau was a champion in the 40/46 lb 7/8 age group. Courtesy photo.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Lakewood and Montabella this past weekend. Fourteen grapplers placed in the top four out of the fifteen entered. WMP claimed 8 championship titles and 31 victories out of 44 matches. 

64 lb Caden Green, 7/8 Novice age group finished in 4th Place. 

Finishing in 3rd place was 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Blake Hammer, 13/15 age group; and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group. 

67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group and 61/64 lb Aaiden Vasquez finished in 2nd Place. 

Champions of the day are 49/52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 40/46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 61/64 Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group; 90/95 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group also claimed a Championship Title at the Montabella tournament. 

“We have an amazing parent and wrestler support system. I can’t thank them enough for trusting me with their kids and their futures. The level of sportsmanship displayed on and off the mat continues to impress me,” said Head Coach and Owner, 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.-8:30 p.m.

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WMP wrestler claims national title


Drew Moro claimed the 2017 Hawkeye National Title last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Other wrestlers place at Kentwood

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2017-2018 MYWA Western Region was hosted by Kentwood wrestling. West Michigan Pursuit brought 16 grapplers to compete with one entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. One grappler—Drew Moro—traveled to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals in Iowa. 

On Saturday, December 2, Drew Moro bumped up an age group and entered the 3rd/4th grade division in the 66 lb wt class, finishing in 2nd Place. On Sunday, he entered his own age group, 1st/2nd grade division in the 65 lb wt class. After two days of tough competition, Moro battled hard and claimed the 2017 Hawkeye Nationals Championship Title. 

At the Kentwood tournament, West Michigan Pursuit placed 15 young competitors in the top three. Out of 60 battles, WMP claimed 43 victories. 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 64 lb Caden Green, 7/8 age group and 90 lb Blake Hammer all finished in 3rd Place. 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 85 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group all finished in 2nd Place. Both Pautke and Parmeter battled back and went 4-1 claiming their True Second. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 40/46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 65/70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

“Each year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to be a part of the continued success here at WMP.  Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2017 season brings,” said Owner and 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.–8:30 p.m.

 

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WMP wrestlers end season at national tournaments


By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had wrestlers registered to compete in two different National tournaments last weekend.

Drew Moro traveled to Missouri for the Adidas Nationals. Moro entered the 2nd Grade division in the 61 lb wt class. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing in 2nd Place, and earning All American status. He ended with a 44-11 season record. Moro also entered their Mohawk contest and won with 190 votes.

The rest of the team traveled to Battle Creek for NUWAY Nationals. As a team, West Michigan Pursuit finished 32 out of 297 teams. WMP entered seven wrestlers and five earned All American status by placing in the top 8.

Chayson Eberspeaker entered the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class. He went 2-2 for the day, finishing in 7th Place and ending with a 36-11 season record. Quinten Cassiday entered the 7/8 age group in the 61 lb wt class. He went 4-2 for the day, finishing in 5th Place and ending with a 52-6 season record.

Josh Vasquez and Blake Werkema both finished in 4th Place. Vasquez entered the 9/10 age group in the 59 lb wt class. He went 4-2 for the day and ended with a 48-7 season record. He also made the top 100 for number of pins for the National tournament. He had 3 pins with a combined time of 4:45 out of 1,221 wrestlers. Werkema entered the 4/6 age group in the 47 lb wt class. He went 3-2 for the day and ended with a 50-5 season record.

Kellen Weckesser entered the 7/8 age group in the 54 lb wt class. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing in 2nd Place and ending with a 40-15 season record.

“My mission from the start has always been the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “I am extremely proud of the success we are having. It’s not always about how these kids win; recovering after an emotional loss and continuing to succeed is equally important. These are valuable life lessons as they continue to grow and mature. I feel fortunate to have so many parents trust me as I try to instill these values into their kids.”

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WMP wrestlers at State finals


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S-Wrestling-WMP-State-Finals-1295Six earn all-state honors

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Lansing Center for the 2017 State Finals this past weekend. There were 272 teams and just over 2900 wrestlers registered to compete. WMP is currently ranked #41 as a team. They had 16 individuals enter the tournament and six finished in the top 5, earning All State Recognition.

The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Luke Egan won 3 matches; Carter Castillo, Chayson Eberspeaker and Kellen Weckesser all won two matches each and Logan Bennet won a match.

Final placements are as follows:

Quinten Cassiday entered the 61 lb wt class in the 7/8 age group and finished in 5th Place. Cassiday’s season record is 48-4.

Ahmad Starr entered the 138 lb wt class in the High School division and finished 4th Place.

Finishing in third place was 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group, and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group. Vasquez has a season record of 44-5. Werkema’s season record is 47-3, and he also made the top 100 for most pins at the State Finals. He is currently listed at #59 with 3 pins totaling 1:34.

In the 7/8 age group, 58 lb Drew Moro and 67 lb Tyler Parmeter both finished in 2nd Place. Parmeter’s season record is 38-11 and Moro’s season record is 41-10.

State Champion is 75 lb Blake “Beast” Peasley, 9/10 age group, finishing his season with a 48-8 record. This is Peasley’s second State Title, with his first one in the 2014 season.

“A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal.”

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WMP West Regionals results


WMP state qualifiers. Photo by B. Chong.

WMP state qualifiers. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Caledonia for the 2016-2017 Regionals. Twenty-one individuals entered the tournament and 17 placed in the top four, which qualifies them to compete at the State tournament in two weeks at the Lansing Center.

Finishing in fourth place was 90 lb Logan Bennett, 11/12 age group.

In third place was 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group.

Finishing in second place was 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 122 lb David Erxleben, High School division; 75 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

Regional Champions are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 155 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division; 138 lb Ahmad Starr, High School division; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

“My first year running WMP, I had seven individuals qualify with three Regional Champions. Five years later, I have 17 individuals qualifying with 10 Regional Championship titles. These kids and their parents continue to impress me with their neverending support and dedication. The combined efforts are what makes this program a success,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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