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WMP wrestlers bring home more trophies


West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies. Photo by B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies.
Photo by B. Chong

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Alma, Orchard View and Traverse City this weekend. WMP entered 24 and placed 18 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. Special recognition to Landon Foss, who went 6-1 to battle back for a true second this weekend. Out of 86 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group and 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Third place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 59 lb Kameron Ogden (Orchard View) 9/10 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Second place medalists include 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser (Traverse City) 7/8 age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

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

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WMP wrestlers earn top spots


Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

Isaiah Sostenes took third place in the 61/64lb 7/8 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Byron Center this past weekend, which proved to be a tough tournament with over 700 grapplers competing. WMP entered 23 and placed 18 in the top four.

We have three Champions who remain undefeated this season: Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group.

Out of 75 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 75 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 and under age group.

Third place medalists include 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 and under age group; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group.

Second place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group and 90/95 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 and under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Joshua Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“With a tournament this size, it gives us a great perspective of where we stand within the West Region. These kids continue to exceed my expectations, [and] I am very proud of how they performed today,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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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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Youth wrestlers head to state finals


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Over 600 youth wrestlers competed at the 2015 MYWAY Western Regional held at Lowell High School on March 13 and 14, 2015. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 33 wrestlers to compete for the top four spots in each age group and weight class in hopes of advancing to the MYWAY State finals which will be held this weekend. Of those who competed, 17 of them placed in the top 6 and 13 qualified for state finals.

Head coach George Gonzales Sr. was pleased with the results of the regional tournament. “The kids have been working very hard this year. They all competed to the best of their ability. All of our wrestlers are winners in one way or another,” said Gonzales. “Some of them took championship, some of them qualified for state, some of them won their first match ever, some of them battled and still lost. It is easier to get back on the mat after you won a match. It takes a lot more courage to step back on the mat after losing. We had wrestlers who lost more than they won, but still got back on the mat. Some of those are the wrestlers with the most heart. Even the ones who never set foot on a mat for competition have gained a lot this year. They have learned about integrity, hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance; all which are true Red Hawk values, and values they can take with them into adulthood. I am very proud of all of these boys and girls this year.”

2015 Western regional champions were Veronica Tapia at 40lb in the 5/6 age group, Tyler Parmeter at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Gage Gardner at 155lb and the 13/14 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 170lb in the 13/14 age group.

Runners-up were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 7/8 age group , Trevor Marsman at 70lb in the 11/12 age group, Wayne White at 143 pounds in the 00/99 High School Division, and George Gonzales Jr at 174lb in the 00/99 High School Division.

Third place finishers were Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Kayden Scott at 133lb in the 11/12 age group, Fredrick White at 80lb in the 13/14 age group, and Michael Smith at 163lb in the 96/98 High School Division.

Fourth place finisher was Austin Emmorey at 100lb in the 13/14  age group.

Fifth place finisher was Aaron Smith at 130lb in the 13/14 age group.

Sixth  place finishers were Jonathan Libera at 52lb in the 5/6 age group, Juan Angel Acosta at 97lb in the 7/8 age group and Tacho Gonzales at 71lb in the 9/10 age group.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club will also be sending 9 female wrestlers to compete in the 2015 MYWAY Girls State Championship. Representing Cedar Springs in the Girls Division are Veronica Tapia, Analize Tapia, Cora Gonzales, Zoe Gonzales, Reese Gonzales, Allexis Gonzales, Madisyn Birtley, Rosie Castro, and Brooklyn Wright. Cedar Springs is a co-ed wrestling club, but they have the most registered female wrestlers in all of West Michigan. As the interest in wrestling for girls has grown, it has become apparent that head coach George Gonzales Sr. has something special to offer for girls wrestling, as many girls choose to attend his wrestling club.

Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers will be competing at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 27, 28 and 29 for their chance at the state championship title. If you would like to come check out any of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers, please look up the state finals schedule on Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Facebook page or at mywaywrestling.com. Thank you for supporting your wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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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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MYWAY wrestlers continue to win


 

On Sunday, March 1, Red Hawk youth wrestlers traveled to Allendale high school for the annual Allendale MYWAY western region meet. Thirteen wrestlers came home with medals, including one in the High School Division. Winners at the Allendale meet were:

Veronica Tapia 2nd at 40lb in the 4-6 year division.  In the 7/8 year division placers were Luke Bouwens 3rd at 46lb, Keaton Klaasen 4th at 58lb , Hudson Crystal 3rd at 64lb, and Wyatt Cooper 1st at 97lb. In the 9/10 year division were Logan Troupe 3rd at 80lb and Carter Falan 2nd at 85lb. In the 11/12 year division were Andrew VanGessel first at 75 lb, Aiden Bouwens 4th at 119lb and Kayden Scott 2nd at 158lb. In the 13/15 year division were Fred White 1st at 80 lb. Wayne White, the lone high schooler, took 3rd place in the High School Division at 148lb.

The final regular season tournament was held on Sunday, March 8, at TK Middleville, where the Hawks continued to impress, bringing home a total of 15 medals. In the 4/6 year division were Veronica Tapia first at 40lb and Tucker Crystal 4th at 40lb. In the 7/8 year division were Cora Gonzales 2nd at 55lb, Pistachio Gonzales3rd at 64lb, Hudson Crystal 3rd at 64 lb, Wyatt Cooper 1st at 97lb, and JuanAngel Acosta 2nd at 97 lb. In the 9/10 year division were Tacho Gonzales 3rd at 75lb, Carter Falan 3rd at 85lb and Madisyn Birtley 4th at 100lb. In the 11/ 12 year division were Andrew VanGessel first at 75lb and Kayden Scott 2nd at 133lb. Austin Emmorey took 3rd in the 13/15 year division at 107lb. Cedar Springs rounded out the tournament with two placers in the High School Division. Those placers were Wayne White 2nd at 143 lb and George Gonzales Jr. 1st at 174lb.

Make sure you check next week’s Post for the Western Regional results for the Cedar Springs Red Hawk youth wrestlers. Top four placers in each age group and weight division will be headed to MYWAY State finals March 27 thru 29th held at the Kellogg arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Middle school wrestlers show teamwork


 

by Colleen White

The Middle School grapplers faced their last two opponents of the season this past week, facing Northview and Comstock Park. Both matches offered some of the best wrestling matches of the season. The fledgling Hawks soared high, winning both matches by pulling together and supporting each other.

Saturday offered another challenge with the Individual Tournament held at Lowell. Nine wrestlers chose to participate, with others coming to cheer on those wrestling. Six wrestlers placed in the top four. Anthony Brew placed 2nd, Reese Gonzales placed 3rd, and in 4th place was Fred White, David Erxleben, Aaron Smith and Zac Schmid.

“All of our wrestlers have shown improvement this year. It has been a wonderful season,” stated Coach VanHam.

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Middle School wrestlers win Blue Division 


The Cedar Springs Middle School wrestling team with the Blue Division Plaque. Photo provided by Colleen White.

The Cedar Springs Middle School wrestling team with the Blue Division Plaque. Photo provided by Colleen White.

By Colleen White

After defeating Sparta on Thursday, the Cedar Springs Middle School grapplers focused on the challenge of the Sparta Invitational on Saturday. They arrived Saturday morning ready to defend their undefeated record.

They were paired against Caledonia, Sparta, Comstock Park and Greenville for their first four matches. Each presented their challenges that our Red Hawks faced and met, defeating all four teams. Their final pairing was against Lowell. It was the biggest battle of the day with Cedar Springs receiving their first loss of the season. Overall our young grapplers placed 1st, winning the Blue Division. Coach Wood summed it up stating “You all did what was asked of you today! Well done 7th and 8th graders!”

This week our Red Hawks faced Northview on Tuesday and will face Comstock Park on Thursday, with an individual tournament at Lowell on Saturday to complete the Middle School season. Thank you all for your support for our young Red Hawks this season.

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