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Wrestlers bring home medals


The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club competed in the Falcon Claw Classic last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club competed in the Falcon Claw Classic last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club kicked off the 2016-17 season at East Kentwood High School for the Falcon Claw Classic on December 4, where 389 grapplers represented 56 teams.

“The kids exceeded our expectations today,” said Coach Goike. “We brought 23 wrestlers. For 7 of them, it was their first ever tournament and 4 took home medals! We had kids who pushed their limits and are starting the season off by winning matches over past nemeses. It was a great start to the year!”

They had 69 matches over the course of the day with 37 wins, 21 being pins.

For the 2010-2012 age group, Tucker Crystal finished 1st place in the 52 lb Open division and Luke Ball finished 2nd in the HWT Open division.

For the 2008-2009 age group, Cade Troupe placed 4th in the combined 46/49 lb Novice division, William Dickinson placed 3rd in the 61 lb Novice division; Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 61 lb Open division; and Jonathan Libera placed 3rd in the 67 lb Open division.

For the 2006-2007 age group, Zackery Haack placed 4th in the 71 lb Novice division; Hudson Crystal placed 4th in the 85 lb Open division; and Thomas Prins placed 3rd in the 90 lb Novice division.

For the 2004-2005 age group, Ryan Meredith placed 1st in the combined 60/65 lb Novice division; Ben Brunner placed 1st  in the combined 95/100 lb Novice division with 3 pins in a total time of 4:27; Cole Haack placed 3rd in the combined 95/100 lb Novice division; Thomas Stevens placed 1st in the 80 lb Open division with 3 pins in a total time of 6:04; Logan Troupe placed 3rd in the 100 lb Open division; and Carter Falan placed 2nd in the 105 lb Open division.

For the 2002-2003 age group, Trevor Marsman placed 2nd in the combined 80/85 lb Open division; and Andrew VanGessel placed 1st in the combined 90/95lb Open division with 3 pins in a total time of 5:04.

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Results from Kentwood and Hawkeye Nationals


Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2016-2017 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Kentwood wrestling this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete with two entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. We also had one grappler travel to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals. Our team placed 18 of our young competitors in the top four. Out of 72 battles, WMP claimed 44 victories.

“Each year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to be a part of the continued success here at WMP. Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2016 season brings”, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:
4th Place Medalists include 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 Novice division; 62 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division (Hawkeye Nationals); 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 Open division; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 Open division and 133/158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 division.

3rd Place Medalists include 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 Open division; 49 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 Open division and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division.

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 Open division; 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 63 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

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.-8:30 p.m.

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Middle School wrestlers victorious


S-Wrestling-middle-schoolThe CSMS Wrestlers won a hard earned victory against the Allendale Falcons, winning 46 to 45, and against the Comstock Park Panthers, winning 39 to 33.

Allendale took an early lead with our Red Hawks battling back with every move made. Our young Red Hawks see-sawed back and forth with the Panthers the entire meet.  Coach Bill Van Ham stated, “I am very happy with this young team. They came together as a team to come back from behind and get the win.”

This year’s team has 11 seventh-graders, most with little experience,” said Assistant Coach Brandon Wood. “This young team showed a lot of heart, coming back from a huge deficit.”

Please come and support our grapplers at their home meets on 2/09, 2/23, 3/01 and 3/08. Start time is 4:15 p.m. at the Middle School. 

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Youth wrestlers place at GVSU


Perseverance is paying off for Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers. Photo by J. Troupe.

Perseverance is paying off for Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers had an exciting opportunity to compete in the GVSU fieldhouse Sunday, February 7, at the GVSU Open and Novice Tournament. Fourteen youths competed in 41 matches, winning 18 and eight wrestlers placing in the top 4. According to Coach Marsman, perseverence in practice is paying off with his wrestlers winning matches against some of their toughest opponents. 

First place champions were Jonathan Libera in the 61lb 4-6 year old All Division, Blake Falan in the 58lb 7-8 year old Novice Division and Logan Troupe in the 85lb 11-12 year old Novice Division.

Second place finisher was Blake Pickard in the 80lb 9-10 year old Novice Division.

Third place finishers were Brandson Wood in the 49lb and Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 7-8 year old Open Divisions.

4th Place finishers were Gavyn Byxbe in the 67lb 7-8 year old Open Division and Trevor Marsman in the 75lb 11-12 year old Open Division.

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WMP continues to battle


By Barbra Chong

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Gaylord, Greenville, NEMWA Clare and Oklahoma this past weekend. WMP entered 26 grapplers and placed 23 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 79 battles, WMP claimed 57 victories. Individual results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Xavier Contreras (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 Novice age group and 90 lb Kaden Schmid, 11/12 age group.

3rd Place Medalists include 59 lb Logan Whidden, 9/10 Novice age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon (NEMWA), 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Casey Eberspeaker, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 80/85 lb Braden Hallman (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Dru Moro (Oklahoma State) 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

“Wrestling is an emotional sport which tends to bring out the best and worst,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to keep those high and low emotions in check. These actions can negatively impact the outcome of a match. I strive to impress the importance of good sportsmanship on and off the mat. I want my wrestlers to be the ones that others look up to and admire.”

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Red Hawks split tri; Ringler earns 100th win at Midland


Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Forest Hills Northern for a Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 20. Cedar Springs started the evening against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern and claimed a victory, 57-21. Ending the night, the Red Hawks suffered a loss to long time rival Sparta, 46-19. Overall, the team is 3-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.

Anthony Brew and Billy Hammer on the Junior Varsity Team each scored a victory. On the Varsity level; 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Aaron Smith, 140 Jesse Empie, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Xavier Anderson and 160 lb Nate Patin each won a match as well. Freshmen Aaron Smith also claimed his first varsity win by fall against Forest Hills Northern.

Saturday, January 23, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their team challenge. The varsity team is not at full strength, missing a 103 and 215 lb wt class, causing a void this weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this caused a 12-point deficit each dual. With a show of force, the Red Hawks started the day with a victory over St. Louis, 37-36 and continued the winning streak against Flat Rock with a score 46-33. Gaylord proved to be a tough competitor and the Hawks took a loss, 57-12. After a team bye, Cedar Springs regrouped and beat Brandon, 39-31 and kept the momentum going by ending the day with a final victory against West Ottawa, 35-28. The competition attracted 10 teams looking for the coveted Championship Title. Final team standings were Gaylord first place, Anchor Bay second place and Cedar Springs third place.

The individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated; 125 lb Jordan Ringler and 145/152 lb Anthony Topolski claimed four wins each; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis claimed three wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 145/152 lb Xavier Anderson, 160 lb Nate Patin and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed two wins each and 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew all claimed a victory. Freshmen, Xavier Anderson made his Varsity debut this weekend, proving he is a competitor.

S-Wrestling-Varsity-JRingler2Junior, Jordan Ringler claimed his 100th varsity career win while wrestling Jozef Motyka of Flat Rock. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but is not easily attainable. Congratulations Jordan!

“The boys demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork this weekend, said Head Coach, Nick Emery. “They gutted it out through four dual victories all decided by one match. When we needed someone to step up, they did. Everyone contributed and it was a day to celebrate. Now back to the grind.”

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Cedar Springs wrestlers sharp at tri, Sparta invite


The Cedar Springs varsity wrestling team took second place at the Sparta Invitational. Photo by B. Chong.

The Cedar Springs varsity wrestling team took second place at the Sparta Invitational. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted a tri meet and parent night last Wednesday, January 13. Unfortunately, with the inclement weather, some of the competition had to back out last minute. Three of the freshmen on the Junior Varsity team won matches: Aaron Smith, Xavier Anderson and Anthony Brew. Northview was the only competition of the evening and the Red Hawks claimed a victory with a final score 45-21.

The following also claimed victories, which contributed to the overall score: 119 lb Jordan Ringler, 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Lucus Pienton, 171 lb Gage Gardner, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza.

Saturday, January 16, the Red Hawks traveled to Sparta for their 40th annual invitational. The competition attracted 19 area teams looking to compete for the coveted championship titles. Final team placements ended with Sparta in first place with a score of 223.5; Cedar Springs in second place with a score of 162.5; and Tri County in third place with a score of 135.5.

Claiming championship titles was 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season.

In third place was 145 lb Anthony Topolski; in fourth place was 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 152 lb Lucus Pienton; in sixth place was 112 lb Logan Hull and 140 lb Jesse Empie. Out of the 196 wrestlers competing, freshman Ryan Ringler was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament.

Ringler pinned his first opponent with a 12 second pin; his second opponent with a 1:01 pin; and his third opponent by regular decision 10-3.

“We’ve started to gain some momentum and hopefully we can roll that through the rest of the season to finish strong and accomplish our goals,” said head coach Nick Emery.

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Be the referee


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Wrestling weight monitoring 

It has often been said that wrestling is the toughest and most grueling six minutes in all of sports. It is a sport that requires great dedication, discipline and conditioning from those kids that step onto the mat.

One of the most important parts of the high school wrestling program in Michigan is the weight monitoring program. Prior to the season, every wrestler undergoes a body composition test where the body fat percentage of each student is determined and based on that data, a minimum weight and weight class is established for every participant.

This data provides a safe and healthy plan for kids that wish to drop weight and move down to a lower weight class as a wrestler can never lose more than 1.5 percent of their body weight in a given week. This program has made wrestling a safer and healthier sport for every single wrestler in the state of Michigan.

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WMP wrestlers earn medals


Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open Division in the 49/52 lb wt class.

Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open Division in the 49/52 lb wt class.

Rockford Wrestling hosted this past weekend’s Western Region Tournament. It was a busy week for West Michigan Pursuit, who took 27 grapplers to compete.  Twelve entered into Novice and the remainder entered into the open division. The team battled 86 times, with 50 ending in victory, and 17 placing in the top four.

“Wrestling is an emotional sport, which tends to bring out the best and worst,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to keep those high and low emotions in check. These actions can negatively impact the outcome of a match. I try to impress upon my kids to wrestle with the sportsmanship that others look up to and admire.”

This week’s placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 71 lb wt class and 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 49/52 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 63 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 43/46 lb wt class, Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 40 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97lbwt 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 in the 90/95 lb wt class and Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class.

Champions are Logan Bennett in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class and Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 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, come check us out. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

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Cedar Springs Wrestlers Clean Up the Community


Copper, brass, water heaters, sheds, tractors, auto parts, etc… If it is metal the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team is recycling it. The student athletes are cleaning up the community and using the profits to achieve their goals on the wrestling mat.

currently, eighteen Red Hawks are participating at the Flat River Wrestling Club in Lowell, MI. Flat River provides the wrestlers with some of the best instruction in the state. The scrap metal drive has funded over two thirds of the expenses for the Spring and Summer sessions.

Over 3 tons of metal has already been recycled and the team is seeking more. If you would like to help clean up contact Coach Nick Emery 616-799-0163 or connect on facebook.com/groups/cedar.springs.wrestling/. The team accepts pickup or delivery.

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