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WMP at Meijer State Games and Big Rapids


Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Last weekend, West Michigan Pursuit took 13 grapplers to the Meijer State Games, which was hosted by Northview, and two others entered into the North Region’s Big Rapids tournament. Out of the 15 grapplers to enter, 10 placed in the top three. The team battled 41 times and 23 ended in victory.

“When you have strong determination accompanied by strong action, it is not impossible to reach your destination. These grapplers train hard in their pursuit of becoming a Champion at this year’s State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

3rd Place Medalist include Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 49/52 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 (Big Rapids) age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 43/46/49 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

 

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WMP wrestlers earn medals


 

Lee Braun was champion in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class.

Lee Braun was champion in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class.

This past weekend, most of the West Michigan Pursuit team traveled to Alma for a chance to earn a first place Monster Trophy, and four grapplers also entered into the Lakewood tournament. WMP took 23 grapplers to compete and placed 13 in the top four.

“It’s a proud moment when I see four of my grapplers wrestling on separate mats at the same time and all four of them win by fall within seconds of each other. That would have been a great picture to capture on film,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

This week the team battled 75 times with 46 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group, in the 71 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 158 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class and Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group in the 75 lb wt class.

Champions are Lee Braun in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class, and Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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WMP wrestlers take home trophies


Lucus Pienton took first in the 13/14/15 open age group at GVSU.

Lucus Pienton took first in the 13/14/15 open age group at GVSU.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by Grand Valley State University, where West Michigan Pursuit traveled thru the crazy Michigan weather to compete. WMP took 23 grapplers to compete this weekend and placed 13 in the top three.

“I just want to thank the wrestlers’ who train under me, thank you for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do, you truly are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

This week the team battled 67 times with 38 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

3rd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82  lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class (Portland Tournament), Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 Open age group in the 133 lb wt class and Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class. Special Recognition to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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WMP places in top four at tournament


Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers traveled to the North Region last weekend, for Central Montcalm’s Open only tournament. “Competing outside of our region will give our WMP grapplers an opportunity to see what the other regions have to offer competitively and what to look forward to when we reach the State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

WMP took 26 grapplers to compete and placed 20 in the top four. The team battled 81 times with 51 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include John McKay in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 40 lb wt class and Ricky Wood in the 13/14/15 age group in the 122 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class and Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 age group in the 90 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 age group in the 138/145 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Special Recognition to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated and to Luke Egan who defeated two prior State Champions.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

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Wrestlers place at Reeths Puffer and Sparta


Logan Bennet, from the 9/10 Novice age group, wrestles an opponent.

Logan Bennet, from the 9/10 Novice age group, wrestles an opponent.

Reeths Puffer hosted this past weekend’s Western Region tournament. Even though there was a winter advisory, West Michigan Pursuit brought 15 competitors, with six entering Novice and the rest entering the Open Division. We also had two grapplers travel to the Spartan Country tournament. Our team battled 55 times with 30 ending in victory and placing 13 in the top four.

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

4th Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class, Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 59/63 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include Bryant Vandermark in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class and Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/53 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class.

Champions are Logan Bennett in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class and Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class.

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 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Young wrestlers shine at East Kentwood


Gage Bowen is in the 7/8 open age group for West Michigan Pursuit.

Gage Bowen is in the 7/8 open age group for West Michigan Pursuit.

The second tournament of the 2014-2015 MYWA Western Region was hosted by East Kentwood. West Michigan Pursuit brought 23 grapplers to compete with eight entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. WMP also had three enter into the Manton Madness tournament in the North Region. This is an Open tournament only due to the trophies offered. Our team battled 76 times with 47 ending in victory. This past weekend placed 18 of our young grapplers.

“I had a parent, not associated with WMP, ask me why I do what I do,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “My response was there will be a day when I am no longer able to coach any more. When that day happens, I would like to look back and say that I made a difference in that wrestlers’ life. He or she is where they are because I had a part of that training.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place medalists include Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46 lb wt class.

3rd Place medalists include Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class,  Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 55 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

2nd Place medalists include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class and Bryant Vandermark in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61/64 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the11/12 Open age group in the 133 lb wt class, and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 110 lb wt class.

Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are the Pursuit of Champions!

Special recognition to Maston Wood for his honesty and strong moral fiber. He found $350 dollars on the floor and turned it in to the head table. The cash was returned to the very appreciative owner and was given a reward for his actions. Thank you Maston for being such an honest young man! Your parents and your coach are very proud of you.

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MYWA wrestlers start season


Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

The first tournament of the 2014-2015 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Mona Shores last weekend.  West Michigan Pursuit took 21 grapplers to compete, with eight entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. Our team battled 70 times with 49 ending in victory. Twenty of our young competitors placed in the tournament.

“Looking at the group of kids I have, I have a feeling this will be one of the best groups, as a whole, I’ve had to work with so far. Judging from today’s competition, I am very impressed and excited to see what the season brings,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

5th Place Medalist include Chase Sarniak  in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46/49 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Bryan Vandermark in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

Champions include Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the11/12 Novice age group in the 133/158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100/130 lb wt class.

Congratulations to all of you grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

 

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Wrestler ends season as 2014 State Champion


Coach Dave Andrus and Blake Peasley stepping off the mat after an undefeated season and becoming a 2014 State Champion.

Coach Dave Andrus and Blake Peasley stepping off the mat after an undefeated season and becoming a 2014 State Champion.

Last weekend was the final tournament for the West Michigan Pursuit 2014 season, MYWA State Finals. WMP took 15 grapplers to compete and five brought home a coveted All State Title. There were 265 teams and over 2,500 grapplers competing.

“I think there is a time when every coach questions the effect they have on their athletes. It’s moments like these that solidify why we do what we do,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.
Jayden Marcano-Cruz wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class. He battled six times with four ending in victory. Jayden had 31 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 7th place with a final record of 35-6.

Ty Whalen wrestled in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class. He had 13 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 6th place with a final record of 19-8.

Luke Egan wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class. He battled seven times with five ending in victory. Luke had 26 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 5th place with a final record of 55-7.

Brocke Fisher wrestled in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class. He battled four times with three ending in victory. Brocke had 13 kids in his bracket and finished out taking 3rd place with a final record of 19-7.

Blake Peasley wrestled in the 4/5/6 age group in the 58 lb wt class. Blake is our only West Michigan Pursuit grappler who remained undefeated the entire season. He had 25 kids in his bracket. Going into the Championship match, Blake took on Da’Quavon White from the East Region, who also had an undefeated season. The stakes were high on both sides. During the third period, the score was tied 5-5, and, with three seconds left on the clock, Blake got the last take down, with a final score of 7-5. Blake is a second year wrestler who finished out his season with a record of 33-0. He is our first MYWA State Champion! Congratulations Blake on such a huge accomplishment.
We also had Hannah Pienton who competed in the MYWA All-Girls State Championship. This is Hannah’s first year of wrestling and she joined the sport half way into the season. She battled in the 12 and under age group in the 85 lb wt class and finished in 4th place.

Olivia Male competed in the USAW Women’s Nationals. She competed in the 9/10 age group in the 70 lb wt class and finished in 6th place. What a great accomplishment to be recognized as top 6 in the nation. All of our wrestlers who stepped on the mat this weekend wrestled tough. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

 

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers going to state


Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Last weekend was the last tournament before State Finals, which was hosted by Ionia. West Michigan Pursuit brought nine grapplers to compete and eight placed in the top four. The team battled 30 times with 17 ending in victory.

“I admire the kids who did not qualify for State but are still on the pursuit of becoming a Champion,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 75/80 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100/105 lb wt class and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 77 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class and Chase Sarniak in the 4/56 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Champions are Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Please watch for the State Finals results next week, which will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Good luck to all of the young grapplers competing next weekend! You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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Pursuit wrestlers head to finals


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This weekend was a big tournament, MYWA Western Regionals, which was hosted by Kenowa Hills. Ages 4-10 competed on Saturday and ages 11-High School competed on Sunday. West Michigan Pursuit brought 18 grapplers to compete on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. Our team battled 112 times with 64 ending in victory. This past weekend, WMP qualified 16 young competitors for the opportunity to earn a coveted spot at the State Finals. Of the 16 that qualified, eight of them were novice wrestlers with two years wrestling experience or less.

This year’s State Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of March 28-30. “These next two weeks will be our pursuit for the podium,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

Fourth place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61 lb wt class, Caden Peterman in the 9/10 age group in the 59 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 119 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 age group in the 100 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 37 lb wt class.

Third place Medalists include Josh Chilcote in the High School age group in the 288 lb wt class.

Second place Medalists include Cameron Fess in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 7/8 age group in the 61 lb wt class, Ty Whalen in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class and Kamden Witte in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class.

Regional champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class, Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Jacob Osmolinski in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 age group in the 58 lb wt class. Blake Peasley remains undefeated.

Congratulations to all of our grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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