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Red Hawk to Panther


Jordan Ringler commits to Davenport University

Jordan Ringler, a 2017 Cedar Springs High School graduate, has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Davenport University Panthers this fall.

Jordan, son of Paul and Jane Ringler of Cedar Springs, has wrestled most of his life, beginning with freestyle when he was just a kindergartener. Jordan, a very tough competitor, has taken several awards over the years through the Michigan Youth and the Middle School/High School programs. He has participated on national teams, and he has been a consistent hard working leader, as described by teammates and coaches. Jordan plans to pursue the health care field for his BA and eventually hopes to obtain his doctorate of Physical Therapy. Congratulations Jordan!

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Girls compete in War of the Roses


L-R: Ashly Erxleben, Caleigh Wood, Annabelle Wood, and Ariana Meyers all wrestled in the War of Roses last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

L-R: Ashly Erxleben, Caleigh Wood, Annabelle Wood, and Ariana Meyers all wrestled in the War of Roses last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

Michigan Girls State Finals

By Jacquie Troupe

Seventy-two girls grappled for the chance to become the Girls Michigan State Champion at Fenton High School Sunday, February 26. They participated in a freestyle wrestling clinic then proceeded to take that experience to the mats. Led by Coach Brandon Wood, four Cedar Springs ladies competed in this round robin event.

“I was very happy with their performance today!” said Wood. “We lost some matches but made great advances in their techniques. I’m so proud of these ladies!”

In the Elementary Folkstyle 3-5 Grade division, 49lb class, Caleigh Wood placed 3rd after two matches.

In the Middle School 6-8th Grade division, 105lb Class, Annabelle Wood placed 6th after five matches. In the 115lb class, Ashly Erxleben placed 2nd after two matches. In the 150lb, class Ariana Meyers placed 2nd after three matches.

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Four Red Hawk wrestlers head to state


These four Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers will be heading to the state finals for the second year in a row. From left to right: Ryan Ringler, Patrick Depiazza, Lucus Pienton, and Jordan Ringler. Photo by B. Chong.

These four Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers will be heading to the state finals for the second year in a row. From left to right: Ryan Ringler, Patrick Depiazza, Lucus Pienton, and Jordan Ringler. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team had their 2017 Individual Regionals this last weekend, which were hosted by the Bull Dogs of Byron Center. The Red Hawks had six Regional Qualifiers that entered the competition and four are advancing to the State Finals.

Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza is a senior and is currently ranked #2 in the State of Michigan, at MichiganGrappler.com. He remains undefeated with a record of 44-0 and is the 2017 Heavy Weight Conference, District and Regional Champion. The highlight of the Heavy Weight division was Depiazza defeating #1 ranked Chase Beard of Allegan in the finals, by regular decision 4-3.

Ryan Ringler, 171 lb, is a sophomore and is currently ranked #2. His current record is 45-1 and is the 2017 171 lb Conference, District and Regional Champion.

Jordan Ringler, 135 lb, is a senior and is currently ranked #6. His current record is 38-8 and is the 135 lb Conference Runner up, District Runner Up and Regional Runner Up.

Lucus Pienton 145 lb, is a sophomore and is currently ranked #8. His current record is 33-8 and is the 145 lb Conference Champion, District Runner Up and Regional Runner Up.

Congratulations to these four individuals for qualifying to the State Finals two consecutive years in a row. These boys have worked extremely hard for this opportunity. If you would like to support your local Red Hawks, they will be competing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 2-4.

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Two Red Hawks wrestlers district champs


Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Two others placed second, and two more finished third

On Wednesday, February 8, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted team Districts. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell short to Sparta with a final score, 33-38. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 125 Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 189 lb Ryan Ringler won their matches.

On Saturday, February 11, the Red Hawks traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. District Champions are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (41-0) and 171 lb Ryan Ringler (42-1). 135 lb Jordan Ringler (36-7) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (31-7) finished in 2nd Place. 125 lb Aaron Smith (35-11) and 160 lb Nate Patin (25-13) finished in 3rd Place. Congratulations to these six individuals who will continue on to Regionals and the chance to compete at the State Finals.

The following individuals ended their season with Varsity wins as listed: 112 lb Nate Male, 18 wins; 119 lb Logan Hull, 26 wins; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 21 wins; 130 Jordan Andrus, 27 wins; 140 Anthony Brew, 14 wins; 140 Jacob Galinis, 24 wins; 152 lb Zak Schmid, 10 wins and 189 lb Chris Shaffer, 13 wins. Regionals will be held at Byron Center, Saturday, Feb. 18 if you would like to continue supporting your Red Hawks.

“The boys put together a memorable season,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Patrick Fliearman and Jordan Andrus, who I will miss in the room everyday. But we will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals.”

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Three Red Hawk wrestlers are conference champs


Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Home quad

Wednesday, February 1, Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted a home quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Northview, 71-6 and Grant, 40-24. The team overall record is 21-8 and the Conference Record is 4-2.

125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 103 lb Miles Cartwright and 119 lb Logan Hull all won both of their matches. 125 lb Patrick Flierman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 160 lb Nate Patin, 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 215 Chris Shaffer and 112 lb Nate Male all claimed a victory. Junior Varsity 189 lb Caleb Baty won both of his matches and 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Conference meet

On Friday, February 3, the Red Hawks traveled to Ottawa Hills for the OK White Conference Meet. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (38-0), 171 lb Ryan Ringler (38-1) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (28-5) are the OK White Conference Champions. 160 lb Nate Patin, 140 Jacob Galinis, 135 lb Jordan Ringler and 125 lb Aaron Smith all finished in 2nd Place. 112 lb Nate Male finished in 3rd Place. 189 lb Chris Shaffer and 130 lb Jordan Andrus finished in 4th Place.

Lowell won the Conference out right by going undefeated in the conference and earning a score of 234 for the tournament. Cedar Springs and Greenville shared runner up in the Conference, but the Red Hawks took 2nd in the Conference Tournament with a score of 173.5, while Greenville scored 157.

In the D2 Individual Rankings for the State of Michigan: senior Jordan Ringler is currently ranked #6 at the 135 lb wt class; sophomore Lucus Pienton is currently ranked #7 in the 145 lb wt class; sophomore Ryan Ringler is currently ranked #2 in the 171 lb wt class; and senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #2 in the Heavy Weight division. Congratulations to these student athletes! Their next meet will be at Lowell this Saturday, 2/11, if you are interested in coming to support your Red Hawks.

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Be The Referee


“Be The Referee” is a series of one-minute messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials. “Be The Referee” features MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl’s insights on officiating.

Wrestling & Technology

Technology seems to grow and expand in just about every facet of American life. Ironically, technology is even now moving into high school athletics, even in the sport of wrestling.

Current National Federation playing rules allow coaches, in the corner during a wrestling match, to use technology – which could be the use of video or still photographs – to instruct wrestlers during any timeout or dead clock situations.

The only thing at coaches can’t do is transmit audio information into an ear piece that a wrestler is using, or use that video to argue or contest a call.

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Forest Hills Central and Midland Chemic Clash Invite


Red Hawk senior Patrick Fliearman at 125 lbs with a victory over Talan Cole of Midland. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk senior Patrick Fliearman at 125 lbs with a victory over Talan Cole of Midland. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

On Friday, January 20, the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team traveled to Forest Hills Central for an OK White Conference Dual. The Red Hawks claimed a victory with a final score of 43-28. Winning their matches to contribute to the win was 119 lb Logan Hull; 125 lb Aaron Smith; 135 lb Jordan Ringler; 140 lb Jacob Galinis; 145 lb Lucus Pienton; 171 lb Ryan Ringler; Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza; and 112 lb Nathan Male.

On Saturday, January 21, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their Chemic Clash Invite with six teams competing. The first opponent of the day was Anchor Bay, and the Red Hawks lost, 24-40. The Red Hawks rallied to secure a win against Freeland, 57-15 and continued the winning streak against Mott, 66-16. Gaylord was the next opponent and it ended with a loss, 30-47. The Red Hawks ended the day against Midland with a win and final score of 42-26.

The final team standings were Anchor Bay with the Championship, Gaylord in 2nd Place, Cedar Springs with 3rd Place and Midland in 4th Place.

Individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza and 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler went undefeated, 5-0 for the day. Also undefeated for the day are 125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 4-0 and 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 3-0. 215 lb Chris Shaffer, 119 lb Logan Hull, 140/145 lb Jacob Galinis and 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton secured 3 wins each. 112 lb Nathan Male, 130/135 lb Jordan Andrus, 152/160 lb Zak Schmid and 160/171 lb Xavier Anderson secured 2 wins each and 189 lb Nate Patin secured a win.

“With the post season rapidly approaching, we are seeing some of the boys begin to peak at the right time. February 2017 should be a very exciting time for Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Red Hawk wrestler take second place at Allendale


Patrick Depiazza was Heavy Weight Champion and named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Allendale invitational last week. Photo by B. Chong.

Patrick Depiazza was Heavy Weight Champion and named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Allendale invitational last week. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Wednesday, January 4, Cedar Springs High School traveled to Rockford for an OK White Conference Quad. The Red Hawks started the night off against Ottawa Hills claiming a victory at every match, final score 78-0. Rockford was our next opponent of the night and unfortunately ended with a loss, 24-41. 119 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 160 lb Lucus Pienton, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with 2 wins each. 112 lb Nathan Male, 125 Patrick Fliearman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Anthony Brew, 152 Jacob Galinis, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 215 lb Chris Shaffer each won a match. On JV, 152 lb Zak Schmid went undefeated with two wins each and Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Saturday, January 7, Cedar Springs traveled to Allendale for the Falcon Invite. The tournament attracted fifteen area teams and some tough competition. Final team standings were Lakeshore with the Championship and score of 216.50, Cedar Springs took 2nd Place with a score of 205.50 points and Allendale took 3rd Place with a score of 200. The tournament was broke up into Varsity A and B teams. Cedar Springs entered twelve competitors into the Varsity A division. Final Placements are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season, took home a Championship Title as well as Most Outstanding Wrestler award; 189 lb Ryan Ringler , 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 140 lb Jordan Ringler also took home Championship titles; 152 Jacob Galinis took home 2nd Place; 119 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Patrick Fliearman and 171 lb Nate Patin took 3rd Place each; 112 lb Nathan Male, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus and 160 lb Zak Schmid took 5th Place each. The Varsity B Team entered five competitors. 119 lb Kaedrian Dines and 135 lb Anthony Brew each took home a Championship Title; 215 lb Caleb Baty took home 4th Place and 171 lb Xavier Anderson took home 5th Place.

“We’re just a bunch of Cedar Kids doing what Cedar kids do. We have taken some lickings but we keep on ticking,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Greenville Dual and Grandville Invite


Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

On Wednesday, December 21, Cedar Springs High School wrestling traveled to Greenville for an OK White conference dual. The matches were close but the Red Hawks took a loss with a final score of 31-35. 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 160 lb Lucus Pienton, 215 Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza won their matches. On JV, 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

The team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 28 for their annual Invite. The tournament attracted several D1 schools and tough competition. The Red Hawks started the day with a loss against Grandville, 39-27. The team rallied and started a winning streak against Jenison, 46-27. Comstock Park was next to fall to the Red Hawks 40-31. Cedar Springs finished the day against Saline with another win and big lead, 44-23. Out of the thirteen teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 5th place. Last year they finished in 7th place at this same competition. Davison took the Championship, Grandville 2nd Place, Bedford 3rd Place and Tri County 4th Place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, and 140 lb Jordan Ringler went undefeated, 4-0; 119 lb Logan Hull, 145/152 lb Jacob Galinis and 171/189 lb Nate Patin had 3 wins each; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 135/140 lb Jordan Andrus and 152/160 lb Lucus Pienton had 2 wins each; and 112 lb Nathan Male, 130 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew had one win each.

“The boys have made a lot of progress this season but we still have a long way to go until we get where we want to be. There’s a lot of community support pulling for us and we don’t want to let them down,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Tri County Wrestling Results


Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Tri County for the first Invite of the 2016-2017 Season. The Varsity Team is not quite at full strength, missing a 103 and 112 lb wt class, causing two voids last weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this automatically created a 12-point deficit each dual. We defeated Lakeview with a score of 55-24, then defeated Carson City with a score of 53-18 and continued the winning streak against Comstock Park with a score of 36-34. The next dual was a loss against Pine River with a score of 27-43 and finished the day against Tri County with another loss of 24-43. Out of the six teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the tournament in third place.

The boys wrestle for their individual score but each individual contributes to the overall team score. The individual records are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 5 wins by fall, totaling just under 4 minute fall times, and 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, who also went undefeated; 125/130 lb Patrick Fliearman, 140/145 lb Jordan Ringler and 152/160 lb Jacob Galinis with 4 wins each; 119/125 lb Logan Hull, 140/145 lb Jordan Andrus and 171/189 lb Nate Patin with 3 wins each; 130/135 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew with 2 wins each; 152/160 lb Zak Schmid and 215 lb Chris Shaffer with 1 win each.

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