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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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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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WMP at Fremont and Eagle Claw


Pictured is WMP wrestler Selena Stalker, who took 2nd Place in the 4/6 age group at Fremont. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is WMP wrestler Selena Stalker, who took 2nd Place in the 4/6 age group at Fremont. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had one individual enter the Eagle Claw tournament in Carson City last weekend. Logan Bennett entered the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class. Bennett went 3-1 and finished for a True 2nd Place.

The rest of the team traveled to Fremont for the MYWA Greights tournament. WMP had 20 individuals enter and placed 16 in the top four.

Finishing in fourth place was 155 lb Aaiden Dowdell, 13/15 age group; 122 lb David Erxleben, High School division; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group and 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group.

Finishing in third place was 75 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; and 61 lb Spencer Schoenborn, 7/8 Novice age group.

Finishing in second place was 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; and 61 lb Selena Stalker, 4/6 age group. Champions of the day were 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Josh Vasquz, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“West Michigan Pursuit and the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling have been stepping up their training and combining practices as they head to Regionals,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “These kids have been pushing each other to secure their spot for an opportunity to compete at the State Finals. I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so.”

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WMP at Northview, Three Rivers and Shepherd


West Michigan Pursuit Champion Drew Moro in the 7/8 age group, 58 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit Champion Drew Moro in the 7/8 age group, 58 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit split up last weekend and entered to compete in three different tournaments.

Chayson Eberspeaker traveled to the Three Rivers tournament. Eberspeaker entered the 7/8 age group in the 67 lb wt class and took home the Championship title.

Kellen Weckesser traveled to the Shepherd tournament. Weckesser entered the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class and finished 2nd Place.

WMP had 16 enter the Northview tournament and 13 place in the top 4. 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group finished 2nd Place. 65/70 lb Landon Demorest, 11/12 age group, finished 3rd Place. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished in 2nd Place.

Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 65/70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 138 lb Ahmad Starr, High School division, 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“These kids are peaking at the right time. I am excited to see how they all finish at Regionals in a few weeks,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP compete in three tourneys


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By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit split up this weekend and competed in three different tournaments. WMP had three enter the Fruitport tournament. 85 lb Logan Bennett entered the 11/12 age group and finished 3rd Place. 122 lb David Erxleban and 143/148 lb Ahmad Starr entered the High School Division and both finished 4th Place.

Tri County attracted 12 of our grapplers and 10 placed in the top four. 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group, finished 4th Place. 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group, finished 3rd Place. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group finished 2nd Place. Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 61 lb Selena Stalker, 4/6 age group and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

The MYWA Greights tournament in Traverse City attracted four of our grapplers and all placed in the top four. 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group finished 3rd Place. 58 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Champions are 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. “Wrestling is an emotional sport which tends to bring out the best and worst,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to keep those high and low emotions in check. These actions can negatively impact the outcome of a match. I strive to impress the importance of good sportsmanship on and off the mat. I want my wrestlers to be the ones that others look up to and admire.”

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WMP at Meijer State Games


Pictured is Blake Hammer in the 11/12 Novice age group. He won his very first match last weekend, and his coaches and teammates are very proud of him. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Blake Hammer in the 11/12 Novice age group. He won his very first match last weekend, and his coaches and teammates are very proud of him. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Sparta for the Meijer State Games and Indianapolis for the Indy Nationals last weekend.

Blake Peasley entered the 75 lb Intermediate division at the Indy Nationals. He battled thru tough competition and went 2-2 for the day, finishing 4th place overall.

WMP entered 14 grapplers to compete at the Meijer State Games and placed 13 in the top four. 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, finished in 4th Place. 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group, finished in 3rd Place.

In second place was 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group and 75 Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group. Desmond went 4-1, battling his way back for a True Second.

Champions of the day were 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“It’s a proud moment yet heartening when two of my kids meet up in the Finals to square off. I have to sit back and watch them apply what I have taught them without coaching either one. These kids put on an entertaining match every time they step on the mat,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers finish in top places


West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit 65 lb Champion Carter Castillo in the 11/12 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had another busy weekend of wrestling. 62 lb Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals Midwest Tour. Drew finished 5th Place in the First and Second Grade division.

58 lb Kellen Weckesser entered the Chippewa Hills tournament. Kellen finished 2nd in the 7/8 age group.

WMP had 19 grapplers enter the Greenville Tournament and placed 17 in the top four. 80 lb Isa Starr finished 4th Place in the 9/10 age group. Finishing in third was 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group; 55/59 lb Mason Hendrick, 9/10 age group; 52/55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group. In second place was 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group. Sostenes battled hard. He lost his first match of the day and battled back with a record of 5-1 to finish with a true second.

Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 65/75 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 age group; 145/155 lb Aaiden Dowdell, 13/15 age group; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“As we get closer to Regionals, we are starting to peak at the right time and their confidence grows each week. These kids are learning to focus on their own in preparation of their matches,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP results from Grand Haven, Ithaca and South Dakota


WMP wrestler Aaiden Vasquez who bumped up a weight class in order to have some mat time. Photo by B. Chong.

WMP wrestler Aaiden Vasquez who bumped up a weight class in order to have some mat time. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had a busy weekend of wrestling traveling to Grand Haven, Ithaca and South Dakota. 62 lb Drew Moro entered the Buffalo Nationals–Midwest Tour in South Dakota. He battled into the Championship and lost by 2 points, finishing in 2nd Place.

WMP had 5 grapplers enter the MYWAY Greights North tournament in Ithaca and 3 finished in the top four. 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group finished 4th place due to an injury default. 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 age group finished 2nd Place. 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group claimed the Championship title.

WMP had 14 grapplers enter the Grand Haven tournament and placed 12 in the top four. 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 age group; 55/59 lb Mason Hendrick, 9/10 age group and 80 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 52/55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group finished 3rdPlace. 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group and 52/55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group all claimed Championship titles.

“Often the focus is put on whether you win or lose; I believe that it is everything leading up to that point. How you conduct yourself is just as important, that response is what makes a Champion,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers bring home medals


West Michigan Pursuit wrestler Isaiah Sostenes was a champion in the 75 lb 9/10 age group at Alma last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestler Isaiah Sostenes was a champion in the 75 lb 9/10 age group at Alma last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Lowell and Alma this past weekend. WMP had 3 grapplers enter to compete. Aiden Dowdell took second place in the 155 lb, 13/15 age group; and Selina Stalker finished in third in the 61 lb, 4/6 age group.

The Alma panthers hosted a monster trophy tournament where 13 WMP grapplers entered to compete, placing 11 in the top 4. In fourth place was 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group; in third place was 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group and 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group. In second place was 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group, 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group and 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Champions of the day were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 61 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group.

“Judging by the caliber of competition at this tournament, it gives me a great perspective of where we stand within the West Region. I am very proud of the kids who wrestle under me,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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