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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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WMP wrestlers head to state finals


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These West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers will wrestle in the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Northview for the 2016 Western Regionals this past weekend. Twenty-two grapplers placed in the top five out of the 31 entered, and 21 are moving on to the 2016 State Finals. WMP claimed 58 victories out of 67 battles.

One of the highlights of the weekend was Aaiden Vasquez, who battled back for a true second placement with a record of 5-1. Individual placements are as follows:

Fifth Place medalists include 143 lb Jordan Andrus, High School division, and 80 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group.

Fourth Place medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; and 138 lb Patrick Fliearman, High School division.

Third Place medalists include 163 lb Xavier Anderson, High School division; 61 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group and 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Second Place medalists include 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 155 lb Jacob Galinis, High School division; 115 lb Logan Hull, High School division; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division; and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Western Region Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group; and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Special recognition goes out to Luke Egan, Jayden Marcano-Cruz and Blake Peasley for their 2014, 2015 and 2016 West Regional Champion status.

This year’s Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena the weekend of April 1-3. The time is here and the focus is on for the Pursuit to the Podium.

Each year the number grows of how many WMP grapplers qualify for State,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “My first year running WMP, I had seven grapplers qualify with three Regional Champions. Four years later, I have 21 grapplers qualifying with eight Championships. These kids and their parents continue to impress me with their neverending support and dedication. The combined efforts are what make this program such a success.”

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WMP grapplers earn top spots


Shown here is Josh Howard, a 9/10 year old champion.

Shown here is Josh Howard, a 9/10 year old champion.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Brighton for the Border Wars Monster Medals, Carson City and Fremont this past weekend. Twenty-five grapplers placed in the top five out of the 31 entered. Sixty-two victories were claimed this weekend putting WMP at a 64 percent win ratio.

Highlights of the weekend were Aaiden Vasquez, who battled 5-1 for a true second placement. Drew Moro also had an impressive day. He bumped up an age group and weight class for second placement. Individual placements are as follows:

Fifth Place medalist includes 59 lb Kameron Ogden (Border Wars), 9/10 age group.

Fourth Place medalists include 100 lb Gage Bowen (Carson City) 9/10 age group and 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group.

Third Place medalists include 163 lb Xavier Anderson, High School division; 143 Jordan Andrus, High School division; 59 lb Michael Cannon (Border Wars) 9/10 age group and 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Second Place Medalists include 80 lb Logan Bennett (Carson City) 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 75/80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 55/58 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group; 67 lb Caden Kelley, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Drew Moro (Border Wars) 7/8 age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez (Border Wars) 7/8 age group.

Champions are 133 lb Michael Carrasco, High School division; 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker (Carson City) 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 155 Jacob Galinis, High School division; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 46/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley (Carson City) 7/8 age group; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

“My team is stepping up their training this week as we head to Regionals for the opportunity to compete at the State Finals next week. In order to secure their place, they must place in the top four. I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers place 16 in top spots


Pictured is Zak Schmid, 138/145 lb, 13/14 age group Champion. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Zak Schmid, 138/145 lb, 13/14 age group Champion. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Thornapple Kellogg and the Last Man Standing tournament in Huron this past weekend. The Last Man Standing tournament offered singlets for the Champions. WMP entered 21 grapplers and 16 placed in the top four.

Out of 68 battles, WMP claimed 50 victories. Highlights of the day were Xavier Contreras and Aaiden Vasquez who had records of 5-1 for the day to battle back for true second placements. Individual placements are as follows:

Fourth Place Medalist: 95/100 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group.

Third Place Medalist: 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group (Huron).

Second Place Medalists: 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group (Huron); 58 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group (Huron); 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 61/64 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 46/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group; 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group; 51/55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

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

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WMP wrestlers battle in finals


Two West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers — Michael Cannon and Josh Vasquez — squared off against each other in the finals last weekend. Cannon took the championship. Photo by B. Chong

Two West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers — Michael Cannon and Josh Vasquez — squared off against each other in the finals last weekend. Cannon took the championship.
Photo by B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Lowell and Chippewa Hills this past weekend. WMP entered 18 grapplers to compete and 16 placed in the top four. Out of 60 battles, WMP claimed 38 victories. Highlights of the day were Xavier Contreras who went 6-1 to battle back for a true second.

Individual results are as follows:

Fourth Place Medalists include 80 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 112/119 lb Madisyn Birtley, 11/12 age group and 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group.

Third Place Medalists include 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser (Chippewa Hills) 7/8 age group.

Second Place Medalists include 95/100 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 75/80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 90/95 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 46/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 7/8 age group.

Champions are 55/59 lb Michael Cannon, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Quinton Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group and 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

“There was tough competition today and these kids held their own, very proud to work with these kids each week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers bring home medals


Logan Galinis placed 4th in the 58/61 lb, 6 & under age group at GVSU. Photo by B. Chong.

Logan Galinis placed 4th in the 58/61 lb, 6 & under age group at GVSU. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Grand Valley State University this past weekend. WMP entered 21 grapplers and placed 16 in the top four. We have two Champions who remain undefeated this season, Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group. Out of 68 battles, WMP claimed 44 victories. Individual results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group and 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group.

3rd Place Medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group and 90/95 lb Dylan Whidden, 13/14 age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 55/59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

Champions are 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58/61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 43/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group, 52 lb Aiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 126/133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Each week these kids continue to impress with their own determination to be the best they can be. They truly are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP continues to battle


By Barbra Chong

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Gaylord, Greenville, NEMWA Clare and Oklahoma this past weekend. WMP entered 26 grapplers and placed 23 in the top four. We have two Champions who remain undefeated this season, Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group. Out of 79 battles, WMP claimed 57 victories. Individual results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Xavier Contreras (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 Novice age group and 90 lb Kaden Schmid, 11/12 age group.

3rd Place Medalists include 59 lb Logan Whidden, 9/10 Novice age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon (NEMWA), 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Casey Eberspeaker, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 80/85 lb Braden Hallman (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Dru Moro (Oklahoma State) 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 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 wrestlers bring home more trophies


West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies. Photo by B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies.
Photo by B. Chong

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Alma, Orchard View and Traverse City this weekend. WMP entered 24 and placed 18 in the top four. We have two Champions who remain undefeated this season, Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group. Special recognition to Landon Foss, who went 6-1 to battle back for a true second this weekend. Out of 86 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group and 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Third place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 59 lb Kameron Ogden (Orchard View) 9/10 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Second place medalists include 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser (Traverse City) 7/8 age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

“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 earn top spots


Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Byron Center this past weekend, which proved to be a tough tournament with over 700 grapplers competing. WMP entered 23 and placed 18 in the top four.

We have three Champions who remain undefeated this season: Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group.

Out of 75 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 75 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 and under age group.

Third place medalists include 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 and under age group; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

Second place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group and 90/95 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 and under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Joshua Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“With a tournament this size, it gives us a great perspective of where we stand within the West Region. These kids continue to exceed my expectations, [and] I am very proud of how they performed today,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP claims 14 championship titles


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By Barbra Chong

Last weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to compete at Big Rapids in the North Region for the trophies offered, Grand Haven in the West Region and the Salina Open in Oklahoma. WMP had 29 grapplers competing, placing 26 in the top four and claiming 14 championship titles.

Placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 71 lb Casey Eberspeaker, 9/10 age group; 100 lb David Erxleben, 13/14 age group; 58 lb Logan Galinis in the 6 & under age group; 59 lb Kameron Ogden in the 9/10 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser in the 7/8 age group.

3rd Place Medalist include 95 lb Gage Bowen in the 9/10 age group; 130 lb Isaac Casey in the 9/10 age group; 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes and 95 lb Dylan Whidden in the 13/14 age group.

2nd Place Medalist include 85 lb Joshua Howard in the 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Kaden Schmid in the 11/12 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez in the 6 & under age group.

Champions are 80 lb Logan Bennett (Grand Haven) in the 9/10 age group; 59 lb Michael Cannon in the 9/10 age group; 80/85 Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker in the 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group; 85/90 lb Brocke Fisher in the 13/14 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group; 46 lb Jacob Howard in the 6 & under age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 7/8 age group; Andrew Moro (Salina Open Oklahoma) in Division One; 72 lb Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group; 145 lb Zak Schmid in the 13/14 age group; 55 lb Joshua Vasquez in the 9/10 age group and 158 lb Maston Wood in the 11/12 age group. Special recognition goes to Chayson Eberspeaker and Luke Egan, who remain undefeated this season, and to Andrew Moro, who was recognized as Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

“Watching them build momentum each week is exciting.  Their passion and drive is adding fuel to their levels of confidence. I am thankful for my athletes and the support of their parents,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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