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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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Wrestlers raise money for Rickers


WMP wrestler Luke Egan in his #RickerStrong singlet.  Luke took home a Championship for Brison and Preston Ricker last weekend.

WMP wrestler Luke Egan in his #RickerStrong singlet.  Luke took home a Championship for Brison and Preston Ricker last weekend.

WMP finish in top four

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Central Montcalm and Orchardview this past weekend. The Swarm of Central Montcalm hosted a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Ricker family. The raffle raised a total of $1,300 to donate to the Rickers. WMP and Cedar Springs Wrestling have also been busy selling Wrestling for a Cause t-shirts to help benefit the Rickers. Saranac Youth Wrestling also donated $150 towards this wonderful cause.

WMP had 20 grapplers enter to compete and 16 finish in the top four. 59 lb, Mason Hendrick, 9/10 age group took 4th Place. In third place was 170/195 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/14 age group; 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group. In second place was 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; and 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group.

Champions of the day were 70 lb Carter Castillo, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker 7/8 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group (Orchardview); 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 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.

“When you are in the sport for so long, you have your ‘wrestling family’ on the weekends. Support for this family has been coming from several other wrestling programs. It makes me proud to be a part such an amazing group of caring people,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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CS Youth wrestlers take second in pins


(L to R) Logan Troupe and Ben Brunner both had a good day wrestling at Central Montcalm. Photo by J. Troupe.

(L to R) Logan Troupe and Ben Brunner both had a good day wrestling at Central Montcalm. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Twenty CSYWC wrestlers and their families joined 387 other grapplers in a great day of competition at Central Montcalm HS. The team had 47 wins and 31 losses, placed 4th in match points with 154 and took 2nd place in pins and tech falls with 27. Way to go Red Hawks! (West Michigan Pursuit was 1st with 34!)

“The whole team wrestled with a lot of heart this weekend and we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Coach Scott. “They improve every week and we are really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Fastest pins were had by Ben Brunner with :19 & :29; Jonathan Libera with :21; Deegan Pike :26 & :58; Elijah Artecki with :26 & :58; Logan Troupe with :48; Blake Falan with :59; and Trevor Marsman with 1:00. Hudson Crystal led the team with 27 match points; Blake Falan had 21; Carter Falan had 18; Dawson Pike had 15; and Chasyn Winchel had 13.

In the 2010-2012 division 43lb class, Dawson Pike placed 4th after 4 matches. In the 52lb class, Tucker Crystal placed 1st after 3 matches with 2 pins in total time of 3:55. In the 58lb class, Chasyn Winchel placed 3rd after 3 matches. In the 55lb class, Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 4th after 3 matches.

In the 2008-2009 division 64lb class, Blake Falan placed 4th after 6 matches with 3 pins in a total time of 4:58.

In the 2006-2007 division 80lb class, Hudson Crystal placed 3rd after 5 matches with 1 pin, 1 TF4 & 1 Maj. In the 100lb class Elijah Artecki placed true 2nd after 4 matches with 3 pins in a total time of 2:41. In the 110 class, Dakota Winchel placed 4th after 4 matches. In the 150lb class Wyatt Cooper placed 1st after 2 pins in a total time of 2:40.

In the 2004-2005 division 100lb class, Ben Brunner placed 2nd after 6 matches, with 4 pins in a total time of 3:54, and had the fastest pin for the team with :19. Also in the 100lb class, Logan Troupe placed 3rd after 4 matches. In the 105lb class, Carter Falan placed 2nd after 3 matches.

In the 2002-2003 division 85lb class Trevor Marsman placed 2nd after 4 matches with 2 pins in a total time of 2:14. In the 95lb class Andrew Van Gesssel placed 2nd after 2 matches.

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WMP wrestlers win trophies, medals


 

Results from Battle on the Eve, Great Lakes Championship, Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego.

By Barbra Chong

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

West Michigan Pursuit has had a busy schedule of wrestling. Drew Moro traveled to Missouri for the Battle on the Eve, December 31. He competed in the 8 and under age group/60 lb weight class. Drew went undefeated, 4-0 and took the Championship Title.

Friday, January 6, seven grapplers traveled to Indiana for the Great Lakes Championship. Competitors from California to Pennsylvania came to compete in this tough tournament. 14U, 143 lb Aaiden Dowdell finished 7thPlace; 10U, 58 lb Josh Vasquez, finished 8th Place, and 80 lb Blake Peasley finished 7th Place; 8U, 58 lb Drew Moro finished 6th Place, and 72 lb Tyler Parmeter finished 8th Place.

Sunday, January 8, the team split to compete at Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego. Blake Peasley entered the MYWAY Greights tournament in Otsego. He went undefeated, 4-0 taking the Championship Title in the 80 lb wt class/ 9/10 age group.

WMP entered 6 grapplers at the Big Rapids trophy tournament. The 2 foot tall trophies attracted several tough competitors. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke took 3rd Place in the 9/10 age group. Taking home Championship titles were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group, and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

The West Region tournament was held at Grandville where eight WMP grapplers entered to compete. 55/59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Those taking home Championship titles included 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 67/72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group and 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“After a difficult start to the weekend with Great Lakes Nationals, I was very impressed how they refocused and dominated on Sunday,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WM Pursuit wrestlers bring home medals


Pictured is West Michigan Pursuit wrestler 80 lb Blake Peasley, Champion of 9/10 open division. Photo by Barbra Chong.

Pictured is West Michigan Pursuit wrestler 80 lb Blake Peasley, Champion of 9/10 open division. Photo by Barbra Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Belding this past weekend. Fifteen grapplers placed in the top four out of the 17 entered. WMP claimed 35 victories this weekend putting them at a 71 percent win ratio.

“Each week, these kids exceed my expectations. Their performance on and off the matt is what motivates me to continue what I do,” said Head Coach and Owner Dave Andrus. Individual placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalist is 85lb Logan Bennett, 11/12 Open division.

3rd Place Medalists include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division; 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8             Novice division; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, Open division; 55/58 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist is 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division.

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division; 72/77 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out. They 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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Results from Lakewood and Montabella


Tyler Parmeter - Champion in the Open 7/8 division in the 67/72 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

Tyler Parmeter – Champion in the Open 7/8 division in the 67/72 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Lakewood and Montabella this past weekend. Due to the inclement weather, numbers were down but there were still tough competitors ready to take home the hardware. Sixteen grapplers placed in the top four out of the seventeen entered. WMP claimed 38 victories this weekend putting them at a 75 percent win ratio.

“We have an amazing parent and wrestler support system,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “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.”

Individual placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 55/59 lb Mason Hendrick, 9/10 Open division and 49/52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division.

3rd Place Medalists include 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist include 85 lb Logan Bennett, 11/12 Open division; 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 Open division; 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division; 80 Isaiah Smith, 9/10 Open division; 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 Open division and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser (Montabella) 7/8 Open division

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 55/59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 Open division; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division; 67/72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 63 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

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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Results from Kentwood and Hawkeye Nationals


Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2016-2017 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Kentwood wrestling this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete with two entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. We also had one grappler travel to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals. Our team placed 18 of our young competitors in the top four. Out of 72 battles, WMP claimed 44 victories.

“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 2016 season brings”, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:
4th Place Medalists include 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 Novice division; 62 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division (Hawkeye Nationals); 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 Open division; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 Open division and 133/158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 division.

3rd Place Medalists include 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 Open division; 49 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 Open division and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division.

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 Open division; 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 63 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

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 earn All-American status


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Seven WMP wrestlers finished in the top 3 at the NUWAY Nationals 2016. Photo by M. Egan.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek April 9-10 for the NUWAY Nationals 2016. All around, there were some tough wrestlers that came from all over the United States to compete at this event. WMP had nine grapplers enter the competition and seven finished in the top three, earning All-American status. Out of 33 battles, 23 victories were claimed. NUWAY Nationals had 458 teams registered and West Michigan Pursuit finished in 11th place.

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Third place medalists include 58 lb Luke Egan in Division 2, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Drew Moro in Division 1, 6 & under age group.

Second place medalists include 55 lb Quinten Cassiday in Division 2, 7/8 age group; 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker in Division 1, 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley in Division 2, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez in Division 3, 9/10 age group.

National Champion is 59 lb Michael Cannon in Division 3, 9/10 age group.

“From the beginning, my mission has always been the Pursuit of Champions,” said head coach Dave Andrus. “I am extremely proud of the success we are having this year. 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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