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WMP wrestlers take top four spots


Results from Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country and US Junior Open Championships

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

Xavier Contreras was a champion at Reeths Puffer over the weekend in the 11/12 age group, 80 lb wt class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit entered 15 grapplers to compete at Reeths Puffer, Spartan Country in Battle Creek, and the US Junior Open Championships in Oklahoma (USJOC). Thirteen placed in the top four. Our team battled 37 times, with 24 ending in victory.

All results are for Reeths Puffer, unless otherwise noted. Placements are as follows:

3rd Place Medalists include 58 lb Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley (Spartan Country), 7/8 age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 43 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 85 lb Joshua Howard, 9/10 Novice age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 59/63 lb Joshua Vasquez, 7/8 age group.

Champions are 90 lb Gage Bowen, 7/8 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58/61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Andrew Moro (USJOC) Division 1; and 64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

“Our numbers were down for the holidays but the efforts were exceptional. These kids show consistent improvement towards reaching their goal of state and national titles,” said 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.-8:00 p.m.

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WMP wrestlers take top spots


 

Landon Foss took first place in the 7/8 age group in the 55lb weight class. Photo by B. Chong.

Landon Foss took first place in the 7/8 age group in the 55lb weight class. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit entered 23 grapplers to compete in both Belding and the Battle of the Bay in Bay City. Nineteen placed in the top four. Our team battled 72 times with 46 ending in victory. Placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Gage Bowen, 7/8 age group in the 95 lb wt class; Casey Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group in the 71 lb wt class; Logan Galinis, 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class and Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class; Michael Cannon (Battle by the Bay) 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class, Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group in the 130/150 lb wt class, Braden Hallman (Battle by the Bay) 9/10 age group in the 80 lb wt class and Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist includes Maston Wood, 9/10 age group in the 133 lb wt class.

Champions are Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Luke Egan, 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class; Landon Foss, 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class; Andrew Moro, 6 & under age group in the 55 lb wt class; Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class; Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group in the 72 lb wt class and Joshua Vasquez, 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class.

“Wrestling and my team is a passion of mine,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “This group of kids has earned a reputation as a force to be reckoned with. I am very thankful to my wrestlers and their parents for their support and allowing me to make an impact on their lives. Sharing my knowledge to those who wish to learn makes all of my efforts worth it.”

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 at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex, 4758 Cornfield Drive (off Northland). Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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WMP wrestlers take top four places


Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, 22 West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers competed in Lakewood, Manton and the Metro kick off in Pontiac, and 21 placed in the top four. The team battled 74 times, with 52 ending in victory.

“I am very excited watching these kids exceed my expectations,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Each week this motivates me to keep doing what I do. Looking forward to see what they will do now and in the future.”

Placements are as follows:

4th place medalists include Madisyn Birtley in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 126 lb wt class; Braden Hallman in the 9/10 age group in the 85 lb wt class; and Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class.

3rd place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class; Isaac Casey in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class; Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 age group in the 80 lb wt class; Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 71 lb wt class; and Isaiah Sostenes in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd place medalists include Jacob Howard in the 6 & under age group in the 43 lb wt class; Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class; Joshua Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Kellen Weckesser (Manton) in the 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class; and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 133 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 95/100 lb wt class; Michael Cannon (Metro Kick Off) in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class; Chayson Eberspeaker in the 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class; Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class; Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 72 lb wt class; and Aaiden Vasquez in the 6 & under 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 them out at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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WMP wrestlers medal at tournament


Wrestler Blake Peasley placed first in the 7/8 open age group 72/77 lb division for West Michigan Pursuit.

Wrestler Blake Peasley placed first in the 7/8 open age group 72/77 lb division for West Michigan Pursuit.

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2015-2016  MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Mona Shores this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought sixteen grapplers to compete with eight entering novice and the rest entering the open division. The team battled 56 times with 33 ending in victory, and 14 young competitors placing in the top five.

“Every year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to join our team. Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2015 season brings,” said owner and head coach Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:

5th Place Medalist include Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 Open age group in the 75 lb wt class, David Erxleben in the 13/14 Open age group in the 95 lb wt class and Jacob Howard in the 4-6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Caden Kelly in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class and Kellen Weckesser in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in the 13/14 Open age group in the 155 lb wt class.

Champions are Michael Cannon in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4-6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58/61 lb wt class, Tyler Parmeter in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 72/77 lb wt class and Isaiah Sostenes in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 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 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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WMP wrestlers at NUWAY nationals


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This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the 2015 NUWAY Nationals. There were tough wrestlers from coast to coast, many champions and All-Americans from multiple states taking home the NUWAY Eagle super-sized trophies and All-American status. West Michigan Pursuit brought 10 grapplers to compete and 8 placed in the top eight. The team battled 44 times with 28 ending in victory.

Luke Egan entered Division 2 in the 52 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler and is a first grader of Cedar Trails Elementary. Luke finished 6th in the Nation with a final record of 37-15 securing an All American Status.

Gage Bowen entered Division 2 in the heavy weight class. He is a fourth year wrestler and is a third grader of Woodview Elementary of Belding. Gage finished 5th in the Nation with a final record of 39-7 securing an All American Status.

Lee Braun entered Division 2 in the 56 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a third grader of Jamestown Elementary of Hudsonville. Lee finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 36-8 securing an All American Status.

Blake Peasley entered Division 2 in the 64 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a second grader of Lakes Elementary of Rockford. Blake finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 38-10 securing an All American Status.

Zak Schmid entered Division 4 in the 135 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a seventh grader of Cedar Springs Middle School. Zak finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 33-5 securing an All American Status.

Josh Vasquez entered Division 2 in the 49 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler as a third grader of Oriole Park of Wyoming. Josh finished 3rd in the Nation with a final record of 54-5 securing an All American Status.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz entered Division 1 in the 45 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a first grader of Grandview Elementary. Jayden finished 2nd in the Nation with a final record of 45-5 securing an All American Status.

Patrick Depiazza entered into Division 6 as a wild card in the High School division. Patrick is a sophomore of Cedar Springs High School and has been wrestling for thirteen years. He finished 2nd in the Nation, securing an All American Status.

There were over 270 teams competing this past weekend. Team awards were available for the top six programs. West Michigan Pursuit finished 3rd overall with a team score of 176. Region Wrestling of Indiana took first place with a score of 212.5 and Contenders Wrestling of Indiana took 2nd place with a score of 193. West Michigan Pursuit also finished 2nd for the win by fall category. Shore Sports Club of Ohio finished in first place for the win by fall category. Overall, West Michigan Pursuit ended the season on a high note. The program would not have its current success without its dedicated coaching staff: Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus; William Ketchum; and Dominick Chong. We look forward to next season and will watch our numbers continue to grow and succeed. We are the Pursuit of Champions.

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WMP wrestlers earn all-state status


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West Michigan Pursuit’s all-state wrestlers. Missing is Landon Foss and Caleigh Wood.

 

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek last weekend, for the 2015 State Finals. There were just over 1800 grapplers that competed in the youth division. West Michigan Pursuit took 16 competitors looking to take home a State Title and eight competitors gained an All State status. The team battled 73 times with 44 ending in victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these young athletes. Their hard work and training throughout the season demands a lot of time and effort, seeing them reach their personal goals makes the journey fun and worthwhile,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

Results are as follows:

5th Place medalists included Lee Braun and Jayden Marcano-Cruz. Lee entered into the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 32-6. Jayden entered into the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 43-4.

4th Place medalists included Gage Bowen, Luke Egan and Blake Peasley.  Gage entered into the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 35-5. Blake entered into the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 34-8. Luke entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, He ended his season with a final record of 35-12.

3rd Place medalists included Landon Foss, Zak Schmid and Josh Vasquez. Landon entered into the 7/8 age group, in the 49 lb wt class and had 27 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 26-15. Zak entered into the 11/12 age group in the 133 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 31-3. Josh entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 50-4.

West Michigan Pursuit also entered three females into the Women’s State Finals which also took place at the Kellogg Arena this past weekend. The Women’s State Finals had over 190 grapplers enter this tournament, their highest numbers yet. Madisyn Birtley entered into the 11 and under age group in the heavy wt division and finished in 6th Place. Hannah Pienton entered into the 14 and under age group in the 92 lb wt class and finished in 5th Place. Caleigh Wood entered into the 9 and under age group in the 40 lb wt class and finished in 6th Place.

NUWAY Nationals will be held in two weeks, the weekend of April 11-12, at the Kellogg Arena. The top eight from each State will have the opportunity to compete for a National Title and All American status. Please look for updates on these amazing wrestlers after Nationals.

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WMP wrestlers to wrestle at state


S-Wrestling-WMPThe West Michigan Pursuit team wrestled last weekend in the Western Regionals, hosted by the Lowell Arrows. West Michigan Pursuit took 24 grapplers to compete and placed 18 in the top six, with 16 moving on to battle it out at the 2015 State Finals. This year’s Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of March 27-29. The team battled 81 times, against some tough competition, with 52 ending in victory. Only the top four from each weight class, age group and Region move on to compete at the State Finals.

“The time is here and the focus is on for that Pursuit to the Podium. This group of grapplers impress me every practice and I am not surprised by the number of kids who qualified,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

Results are as follows:

6th Place Medalist is Jaedon Kutzli in the 11/12 age group in the 70 lb wt class.

5th Place Medalist is Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class and Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class

3rd Place Medalist is Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 40 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 age group in the 90 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Regional 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, Landon Demorest in the 9/10 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 133 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 age group in the 46 lb wt class.

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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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