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Young wrestlers shine at East Kentwood


Gage Bowen is in the 7/8 open age group for West Michigan Pursuit.

Gage Bowen is in the 7/8 open age group for West Michigan Pursuit.

The second tournament of the 2014-2015 MYWA Western Region was hosted by East Kentwood. West Michigan Pursuit brought 23 grapplers to compete with eight entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. WMP also had three enter into the Manton Madness tournament in the North Region. This is an Open tournament only due to the trophies offered. Our team battled 76 times with 47 ending in victory. This past weekend placed 18 of our young grapplers.

“I had a parent, not associated with WMP, ask me why I do what I do,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “My response was there will be a day when I am no longer able to coach any more. When that day happens, I would like to look back and say that I made a difference in that wrestlers’ life. He or she is where they are because I had a part of that training.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place medalists include Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46 lb wt class.

3rd Place medalists include Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class,  Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 55 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

2nd Place medalists include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class and Bryant Vandermark in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49 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 55 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61/64 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the11/12 Open age group in the 133 lb wt class, and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 110 lb wt class.

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!

Special recognition to Maston Wood for his honesty and strong moral fiber. He found $350 dollars on the floor and turned it in to the head table. The cash was returned to the very appreciative owner and was given a reward for his actions. Thank you Maston for being such an honest young man! Your parents and your coach are very proud of you.

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MYWA wrestlers start season


Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

Pictured is Chayson Eberspeaker from the 4-6 age group.

The first tournament of the 2014-2015 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Mona Shores last weekend.  West Michigan Pursuit took 21 grapplers to compete, with eight entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. Our team battled 70 times with 49 ending in victory. Twenty of our young competitors placed in the tournament.

“Looking at the group of kids I have, I have a feeling this will be one of the best groups, as a whole, I’ve had to work with so far. Judging from today’s competition, I am very impressed and excited to see what the season brings,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

5th Place Medalist include Chase Sarniak  in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46/49 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Bryan Vandermark in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class.

Champions include Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 75 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the11/12 Novice age group in the 133/158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100/130 lb wt class.

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!

 

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers going to state


Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class

Last weekend was the last tournament before State Finals, which was hosted by Ionia. West Michigan Pursuit brought nine grapplers to compete and eight placed in the top four. The team battled 30 times with 17 ending in victory.

“I admire the kids who did not qualify for State but are still on the pursuit of becoming a Champion,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 75/80 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 100/105 lb wt class and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 77 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 130/138 lb wt class and Chase Sarniak in the 4/56 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Champions are Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class.

Please watch for the State Finals results next week, which will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Good luck to all of the young grapplers competing next weekend! You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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Young wrestlers battle at Sparta


Brocke Fisher

Brocke Fisher

This week’s MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Sparta. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete, half entering Novice and the other half entering the Open division. Our team battled 59 times with 30 ending in victory. This past weekend placed 14 of our young competitors in the top 4.

“I challenged my kids to beat their personal fastest pin for this season and six rose to the challenge. I now owe six King Sized Candy Bars! These kids have heart and a competitive drive to be the best,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in 11/12 Open age group in the 112/119 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 107/114 lb wt class and Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80/85 lb wt class, Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65/70 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122/130 lb wt class, Colton Schmid in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 95/100 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, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Cody McHenry in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 155/170 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 49/52/58 lb wt class. Blake still 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!

We somehow missed Brocke Fisher from last week’s Champions. He also took 1st Place at the Tri County tournament in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt class. Way to go!

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Eighteen wrestlers in top 4


Cameron Fess was a champion in the 11/12 open age group in the 85 pound weight class last weekend.

Cameron Fess was a champion in the 11/12 open age group in the 85 pound weight class last weekend.

The Meijer State Games and Tri County hosted competitions last weekend, and  West Michigan Pursuit brought 21 grapplers to compete at Tri County and one battled at the Meijer State Games. The Meijer State Games offered Open and Novice divisions and the Tri County tournament was an Open Tournament only. Our team battled 68 times with 35 ending in victory. This past weekend placed 18 of our young competitors in the top 4.

“I am very impressed with the performance consistency of these kids and how hard they work to continuously improve,” remarked owner and head coach Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Nicholas Bartolo in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Open age group in the 95/100 lb wt class, Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class, Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Open age group in the 107 lb wt class and Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class

3rd Place Medalists include Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, AΩustin Ortowski in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 Open age group in the 95/100 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65/70 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 43 lb wt class and Corbin Orange in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 46 lb wt class, Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class, Nathan Male in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class.

Special recognition still applies to Blake Peasley who remains undefeated. Congratulations to all the 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. They are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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Young wrestlers medal at tournaments


Ty Whalen

Ty Whalen

The West Michigan Pursuit team brought 22 grapplers to compete this past weekend. Pursuit entered 20 grapplers to battle at Fruitport and two battled at Alma. Fruitport offered Novice and Open Divisions and the Alma tournament is an Open Tournament that appealed to the more seasoned wrestlers with trophy awards being offered. The team battled 71 times with 35 ending in victory and 18 grapplers placing in the top 4.

“I am very impressed with the performance consistency of these kids and how hard they work to continuously improve,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Hunter Chilcote in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95/100 lb wt class, Austin Ortowski (06/05 Open) in the 97/112 lb wt class, Kaden Ortowski in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Open age group in the 122/130 lb wt class, Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in 11/12 Open age group in the 112/119 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Nathan Male in the 11/12 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class, Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 80 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 100 lb wt class. *Hannah’s first competition!

2nd Place Medalist include Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85/90 lb wt class, Corbin Orange in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class and Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95/100 lb wt class.

Champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 58/64 lb wt class and Ty Whalen in the 11/12 Open age group in the 60/65 lb wt class.

Special recognition still applies 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 Thursday from 6:30 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

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Wrestlers earn medals


Second place medalist Luke Egan.

Second place medalist Luke Egan.

West Michigan Pursuit braved the crazy Michigan weather to attend the Forest Hills Tournament last weekend, bringing 18 grapplers to compete, and 13 placing in the top 4. This week brought a total of 59 battles, with 33 ending in victory for the Pursuit family.

“The interest in youth level wrestling keeps growing in numbers,” said owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Our facility alone has 14 kids who are trying this competitive sport for the first time this season and are completely hooked.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

Fourth Place Medalists include Chayson Chlebek in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 49 lb wt class; Nathan Elliston in the 9/10 Open age group in the 80 lb wt class; Blake Longcore in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 107/114 lb wt class; and Olivia Male in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class. It was Blake’s first tournament!

Third Place Medalists include Casey Chlebek in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class; Derek Egan in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class; and Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 Open age group in the 65 lb wt lb class. It was Derek’s first tournament.

Second Place Medalist was Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt clas.

Champions are Cameron Fess in the 11/12 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class; Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 58 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 43 lb wt class; Lucus Pienton in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 122/130 lb wt class; and Jay Smith in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 95 lb wt class. Special recognition still applies 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 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

 

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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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Wrestlers bring home trophies


On March 4, 2011, Greenville held the last regular season tournament for the 2012 MYWAY Wrestling. The trophy tournament was capped at 400 wrestlers to avoid being overcrowded by those looking to win the coveted trophies.

The youth Hawks did quite well, bringing home a total of nine trophies. First place winners were Landon Demorest, Aiden Bouwens, Trevor Marsman, Logan Hull, Ryan Ringler and George Gonzales Jr. Alone in second place was Reese Gonzales. Allexis Gonzales and Jeremy Wildfong took fourth in their divisions.

Austin Emmorey also competed that same weekend in Montabella, taking 3rd in his division. Overall it has been a very impressive regular season for the youth wrestlers. Make sure you see next week’s regional results to see which of your favorite wrestlers qualified for state finals.

 

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