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Wrestlers bring home medals


Blake Peasley in action.

Blake Peasley in action.

West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty-five grapplers to compete at the Byron Center Tournament last weekend and 14 placed in the top four.  Sixteen of our competitors are Novice wrestlers which mean they have two years wrestling experience or less. Pursuit had a total of 84 battles and 48 of them ended in victory.

“I love working with these young kids; sharing my passion and coaching the skill of wrestling is what it is all about,” said owner and head coach Dave Andrus. “Watching these kids apply that knowledge on the mat is why I do what I do.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class and Daniel Vaughn in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Nathan Male in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class and Austin Ortowski in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt lb class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 130/138 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in 11/12 Novice age group in the 112/119 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt class. Special recognition goes to Blake Peasley who remains undefeated. 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!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

 

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Wrestlers take top spots


West Michigan Pursuit medal winners from the Lowell tournament.

West Michigan Pursuit medal winners from the Lowell tournament.

West Michigan Pursuit brought 18 grapplers to compete at the Lowell Tournament last weekend and 13 placed in the top three. Pursuit had a total of 66 battles and 42 of them ended in victory.

Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus was pleased. “Each week I am continued to be impressed with the progress of my young grapplers and their own determination to be the best they can be!” he remarked. This week›s placements are as follows:

Third place medalists include Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, and Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class. Note that Jayden has been to two practices and this was his very first tournament! Way to go Jayden!

Second place Medalist include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100/105 lb wt class, Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt. class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Cody McHenry in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 145/155 lb wt class, Austin Ortowski in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 95 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 122/130 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 60/65 lb wt class.

Special recognition goes to Blake Peasley and Lucus Pienton who remain undefeated and have participated in the East Kentwood , Belding and Lowell Tournaments. 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!

If you are interested in learning more about wrestling, feel free to check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

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Youth wrestlers take medals


Youth wrestlers of West Michigan Pursuit left the West Region and traveled to Central Montcalm last week where they competed against MYWAY members from the North Region. Traveling to other regions gives them an opportunity to wrestle a wider range of kids they could potentially see again later this year at State Finals in Battle Creek.

“WMP wrestlers had their best showing so far this year,” said owner Dave Andrus. “We entered 11 wrestlers and placed 10.”

Taylor Andrus, Anthony Brew, Gage Gardner, Corbin Orange, Nate Webb, and Nathan Elliston all took home first place medals. Anthony Ggoodfellow, Michael Jordan,and Nathan Male took second, and Mayson Levondoski took 3rd.

This Sunday they’re close to home in Tri County where they’ll continue in their pursuit of the podium.

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In hot pursuit of state champs


West Michigan Pursuit played ‘Hart breakers’ at the Hart Attackers open tournament this past Sunday.  Thirteen local wrestlers made the hour and a half trek to compete, in what turned out to be an overwhelmingly successful tournament for the club.  All 13 WMP wrestlers placed in the top 3 in their respective weight classes.
Brocke Fisher, Mayson Levandoski, Nathan Male, Olivia Male, Tommy Stevens, and Aiden Bouwens all brought home first place trophies.
Corbin Orange and Nathan Elliston placed second, and  Taylor Andrus, Easton Arnold, Michael Jordan, Gage Gardner, and Nathan Webb took 3rd place.
The regional competition is just a few short weeks away, and Pursuit wrestlers are kicking it up a notch during training and conditioning.
This weekend the club heads to Grand Haven. Just another stop in their relentless pursuit of champions!

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In the Pursuit of Champions


West Michigan Pursuit  wrestlers continue to surge forward, as evidenced by their performance at the Cedar Springs open tournament held this past Sunday. “We entered 15 wrestlers and 10 came home with medals. I am very excited at the progress our kids are making every week,” says Pursuit owner Dave Andrus. “This tournament was very tough with 539 wrestlers. Everyone battled and made me proud of what we do.”
While most wrestling clubs operate “on season” only, WMP is unique in that many of its wrestlers train twice weekly year round.  With a recent move to a larger facility just 5 miles south of their previous location, membership continues to grow, drawing young wrestlers from 7 area school districts, including Cedar Springs.  With the local tournament behind them, they are preparing to travel to Hart next weekend for their annual Hart Attackers Tournament.  At this point in the season, wrestlers will compete every Sunday until regional tournaments begin the weekend of March 10th.  MYWA Individual State Championships will be held at Kellogg Arena the weekend of March 23.

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Continued success for local wrestling club


Pursuit wrestling clubWest Michigan Pursuit is seeing continued success with 11 of the 17 wrestlers they traveled to Forest Hills Central with come home with medals.  Coaches Andrus and Lewis of the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team know that championship high school teams are born from strong youth teams.  Opening a year round training center targeting area youth seemed to be the logical thing to do, and Andrus and Lewis had discussed it many times over the years before it came to fruition.  Not only does it give the kids an opportunity to train during the off season, they have the added benefit of developing a working relationship with their future high school coaches long before they reach high school.  If West Michigan Pursuit continues to churn out winners the way it has so far this season, I suspect a state championship like the one the Red Hawks saw in 1994 is not too far off in the future.

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Local wrestling club sees gold


youth wrestlers

These three wrestlers were undefeated in a tournament last weekend. L to R: Nathan Male, Nathan Elliston and Olivia Male. Coach Dave Andrus standing in back.

West Michigan Pursuit, located on White Creek Avenue, has been open for training just six short months, and already owner Dave Andrus is seeing the kids’ hard work start to pay off. This past Sunday, Andrus, who is also Cedar Springs High School’s varsity wrestling coach, took three kids to an individual MYWA tournament in Mendon, Michigan to kick off the season. With over 200 wrestlers in attendance, and over 50 in the 7/8 year old bracket alone, the kids wrestled a combined 14 matches with each finishing undefeated in their weight class.   Nathan Male finished with 3 pins, one bye and one decision. Olivia Male finished with four decisions, and Nathan Elliston ended the day with 4 pins and one decision. All three are students at Beach Elementary School in Cedar Springs.

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