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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

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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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