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WMP at Belding, Battle Creek, Ithaca


Pictured is 90 lb Champion Ayden McClurken.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit spread out to compete in three different competitions. 

The South West region hosted the Greights tournament in Lakeview Battle Creek. Six grapplers entered this competition. 46 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group was our only morning grappler and he finished 2nd. The other five entered the afternoon session and all claimed Championship Titles. Greights Champions are 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group; 54 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group, 80 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

66 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group was the only grappler to travel to the North Region of Ithaca. Weckesser went undefeated and claimed a Championship Title.

The remainder of the team stayed in the West Region at Belding. WMP had fifteen enter to compete and eleven finished in the top four. 58 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group and 112 lb Isa Starr, 11/12 age group finished 4th. 67 lb Jaxen Bowyer, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 64 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished 2nd. Belding Champions are 75 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Luke Egan, 11/12 age group; 90 lb Ayden McClurken, 11/12 age group, 95 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group and 55 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

Next weekend is Regionals and will be held at Northview High School for those looking to enjoy watching a great weekend of wrestling. 

“These kids are stepping up their training and are pushing each other at practice to secure their spot for an opportunity to compete at the State Finals.  I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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WMP at Huron, Tri County and Oxford


Pictured is 58 lb Champion Dylan Russo. Courtesy photo.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit spread out to compete in three different competitions. 

The East Region was hosted at Huron and attracted seven WMP grapplers. 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group finished 3rd. 80 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group and 54 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Huron Champions are 85 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

The Northeast Region was hosted by Oxford where singlets were offered for first place. WMP had three grapplers enter. 72 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Oxford Champions are 49 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group and 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group. 

The North region was hosted by Tri County. WMP had nine enter. 80 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group and 46 lb Emmett Russo, 4/6 age group both finished 3rd. Tri County Champions are 75 lb Luke Egan, 11/12 age group; 95 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group, 58 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group and 61 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group. 

“These kids are peaking at the right time. I am excited to see how they finish at regionals in a few weeks,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestling results


Shown here is 85/90 lb Champion Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit had wrestlers competing at Badgerland Nationals, Mat Mayhem, Grand Haven and Grand Ledge. 

95 lb Blake Peasley entered the 5th/6th grade division for the Midwest Tour’s Badgerland Nationals in Wisconsin. He went 3-2 for the day, finishing in 4th. Peasley then entered the 95 lb wt class on Sunday at Grand Ledge and finished 2nd. 85 lb Alex Buskirk also entered the Grand Ledge tournament in the 11/12 age group and finished 2nd as well. 

WMP had four wrestlers travel to Kentucky for the NUWAY Nationals Duals team event. Quinten Cassiday wrestled on 10U Michigan MYWAY Blue for the 75 lb wt class. He went 6-1 for the weekend, earning MVP status. His team finished 6th. Brody Compau wrestled on the 8U Michigan MYWAY Blue for the 46 lb wt class. Compau won 3 matches and his team finished in 9th. Carter Giles wrestled on 10U Michigan MYWAY White for the 50 lb wt class. Giles won 3 matches. Josh Vasquez wrestled on 12U Michigan MYWAY Red for the 68 lb wt class. Vasquez went 5-2 for the weekend and his team finished 4th. 

The remainder of the team entered the Grand Haven tournament on Sunday. 58 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group and 64 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished in 4th. 72 lb Jaxen Bowyer, 7/8 age group and 80 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group finished in 3rd. 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Austin Rogers, 7/8 Novice age group finished in 2nd. 

Champions of the day are 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 85/90 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group. 

“In preparation for very bright futures, I have been pushing these kids hard and I am very proud of their response,” said Heach Coach Dave Andrus. “They are competing with some of the best wrestlers in the Nation.” 

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WMP wrestlers finish in top 5


Pictured is Desmond Smith, Champion in the 4/6 age group.

Pictured is Desmond Smith, Champion in the 4/6 age group.

By Barbra Chong

This weekend WMP traveled to Grand Valley State University and Lakeview. 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, entered the Lakeview tournament. Peasley battled into the Finals, going 3-0 to take home a Championship title.

WMP had 14 grapplers enter the GVSU tournament and 11 placed in the top 5. 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group, finished in 5th Place.

52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, finished in 3rd Place.

63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group, finished 2nd Place.

Taking home championship titles were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group; 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“Watching these kids build momentum each week is exciting. Their passion and drive is displayed every time they step on the mat. I am thankful for my athletes and the support of their parents,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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WMP wrestlers medal at state


West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers that placed at the state tournament. Pictured from left to right:  Back Row, Coach Bill Ketchum and Dave Andrus. Front Row: Josh Vasquez, Luke Egan, Chayson Eberspeaker, Drew Moro and Blake Peasley. Missing are Zak Schmid, Logan Hull, Lucus Pienton and Jordan Andrus. Photo by B. Chong.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers that placed at the state tournament. Pictured from left to right: Back Row, Coach Bill Ketchum and Dave Andrus. Front Row: Josh Vasquez, Luke Egan, Chayson Eberspeaker, Drew Moro and Blake Peasley. Missing are Zak Schmid, Logan Hull, Lucus Pienton and Jordan Andrus. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek this past weekend for the 2016 State Finals. Nineteen grapplers entered the competition and nine finished in the top 8 earning All State recognition. WMP claimed 47 victories out of 81 tough battles. The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Quinten Cassiday and Jayden Marcano-Cruz won three matches each. Michael Cannon, Brocke Fisher, Jacob Galinis, Isaiah Sostenes and Aaiden Vasquez won two matches each. Patrick Fliearman and Tyler Parmeter won a match. Final placements are as follows:

Eighth Place medalist is 143 lb Jordan Andrus, High School division. Seventh Place medalists include 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group and 115 lb Logan Hull, High School division. Fourth Place medalist is 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group. Third Place medalist is 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group. Second Place medalists include 61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 148 lb Lucus Pienton, High School division and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group. 2016 State Champion is 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 & under age group.

A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination, drive and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal,” he added.

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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 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 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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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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