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Wamser wins all-state honors

Cedar Springs senior Austin Wamser finished his high school wrestling career by placing 8th in the state last week, at 152 pounds, in the MHSAA Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wamser has wrestled as a Varsity Wrestler since his freshman year. He was named the Conference Champ in his weight class 2 years in a row, 2011 and 2012. He also claimed a district champion title this year (2012) and two all state titles in his career, 2011 and 2012. He had an overall record this year of 39-11.

Junior Cody Oehme and Sophomore Jared Vodry also attended the state tournament, wrestling hard for their first time there, but did not place.

“State is a very tough competition, one mistake and it can cost you the match,” Said Head Coach Scott Troost. “These boys wrestled hard and I am proud of them.”

Oehme finished this year with an overall record of 30-11, and Vodry had a 29-16 record.

The Red Hawk wrestling team will be losing three seniors this year, Austin Wamser, Matt Patin and Cory Wozniack. Good luck to all of you!



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Youth wrestlers win medals

Cedar Springs youth continue to compete well no matter where they go.  At two tournaments held on Sunday February 12, wrestlers brought home a total of 5 awards.  At Central Montcalm first place medal winners were Ronnie Brown and Samuel Couturier.  Aiden Bouwens finished with a third.  At the GVSU tournament, trophy winners were Trevor Marsman and Logan Hull, who took second and Chase Sarniak who took fourth.  Congrats to all the hard working wrestlers.

On February 19, wrestlers travelled to Tri-County to bring home a total of 9 medals. Ryan Ringler and Logan Hull took first. Chase Sarniak, Aiden Bouwens and Maston Wood took second.  Landon Demorest and Samuel Couturier took third. Dillon Weber and Kaleigh Hull took fourth. Congrats to all the hard working wrestlers.


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National wrestling champs

The 2012 NUWAY National Wrestling Duals were held in Battle Creek, MI on Sunday February 12, 2012. There were 32 teams in four different age groups, competing for the NUWAY National Team Champion title. Teams came from all over the nation, from as far Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California to compete.  Four of the wrestlers who were sent to represent Team Michigan were from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club, one in each age group.

Landon Demorest and Jordan Ringler both made the MYWAY Red Teams.  Landon, who went 4-1 with 3 pins, wrestled on the MYWAY U8 Red team, which placed 5th over all. Jordan, who went 2-2 with 1 pin, wrestled for the MYWAY U14 Red Team which placed 7th overall.

Ryan Ringler and George Gonzales Jr. both made the MYWAY Blue teams. Ryan, who was on MYWAY U10 Blue team, was the only undefeated wrestler in the 95lb weight class. He went 6-0 with 3 pins. His team took the championship in U10 division. George Gonzales Jr, who was on the U12 MYWAY Blue team, also went undefeated in the 140lb weight class, but was the only wrestler in his weight class to pin all of his opponents. He defeated Jalen Lesane from North Carolina, who was 40-0, with a pin in the third period. George was also awarded the Oustanding Wrestler Award in the U12 division for having 5 pins in an accumulative time of 4:55. His team also took the championship in the U12 division. Overall, Team Michigan Blue took championships in each age group.


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Youth spread their wings

In spite not practicing for a week due to weather, Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers spread their wings to wrestle all over the state of Michigan on January 22, 2012.  A small group of wrestlers made the treck to Caledonia where they took home a total of six medals.  Placers were Trevor Marsman/1st, Tacho Gonzales/2nd, Logan Hull/1st, Reese Gonzales/2nd, Ryan Ringler/1st, and Jordan Ringler/1st.  Landon Demorest flew south to Allegan where he picked up a first place trophy in the 7/8 40lb division.  Aiden Bouwens flew the opposite direction, to Hart, where he also picked up a first place trophy in the 7/8 67lb division.

Tournament at Big Rapids and Grand Haven

On January 29, Cedar Springs youth wrestlers competed in Big Rapids and Grand Haven. Placing at Big Rapids was Chase Sarniak (1st), Landon Demorest (1st), Maston Wood (1st), and Gavin Byxbe (4th). Placing at Grand Haven was: Sam Couturier (1st), Ronnie Brown (2nd), Trenton Snoeyink (2nd), and Aiden Bouwens (3rd).

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In hot pursuit of state champs

West Michigan Pursuit played ‘Hart breakers’ at the Hart Attackers open tournament this past Sunday.  Thirteen local wrestlers made the hour and a half trek to compete, in what turned out to be an overwhelmingly successful tournament for the club.  All 13 WMP wrestlers placed in the top 3 in their respective weight classes.
Brocke Fisher, Mayson Levandoski, Nathan Male, Olivia Male, Tommy Stevens, and Aiden Bouwens all brought home first place trophies.
Corbin Orange and Nathan Elliston placed second, and  Taylor Andrus, Easton Arnold, Michael Jordan, Gage Gardner, and Nathan Webb took 3rd place.
The regional competition is just a few short weeks away, and Pursuit wrestlers are kicking it up a notch during training and conditioning.
This weekend the club heads to Grand Haven. Just another stop in their relentless pursuit of champions!

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Youth wrestling state finals

MYWAY State qualifiers and Coaches.

Over 2,000 of Michigan’s toughest youth wrestlers converged in Battle Creek, Michigan at the Kellogg Arena March 25, 26 and 27, for the fiercest competition of the year, the 10th Annual MYWAY State Finals. Most brackets, starting with as many as 30 wrestlers, whittled down to the final top eight placers.

(front row) Landon Demorest, Jordan Ringler, Allexis Gonzales, George Gonzales Jr., Ryan Ringler and Cody Averill. Back row: Coaches George Gonzales Sr and Paul Ringler.

On a weekend filled with unexpected upsets and devastating losses, some of Cedar Springs most talented wrestlers suffered their first losses of the season. Of the thirteen Cedar Springs youth wrestlers who traveled to state finals, six of them were tough enough to place in the top eight. Landon Demorest, the highest placing Red Hawk for 2011, took third in the 38lb 5/6 division. He also earned himself the coveted “national singlet,” which is only awarded to the top three wrestlers in each weight class.  Jordan Ringler took fourth in the 71lb 11/12 division.   Allexis Gonzales took fifth in the 90lb 9/10 division.  Allexis was also one of only two girls to place at state!  George Gonzales Jr. took sixth in the 127lb 11/12 division.  Cody Averill, a first year wrestler, took seventh in the 38lb 5/6 division.  Ryan Ringler took eighth in the 85lb 9/10 division.  By placing in the top eight, each of the wrestlers qualified to wrestle at NUWAY Nationals to be held in Naperville, IL on April 10, 2011.

All of Cedar Springs youth wrestlers worked very hard this year under the supervision of Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. and coaches Paul Ringler, Eric Frandsen, Bryan Goike, Jake Marsman, and Levi Whipple and deserve a big congratulations!

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Three wrestlers earn OK Blue championship titles

It just wasn’t in the cards for the Red Hawks to earn a wrestling team title, with a fourth-place finish overall at the OK Blue Conference on Saturday, February 5. Individually, the Hawks wrestled tough and sent over half the team into the final rounds of the conference meet.

It just wasn’t in the cards for the Red Hawks to earn a wrestling team title, with a fourth-place finish overall at the OK Blue Conference on Saturday, February 5. Individually, the Hawks wrestled tough and sent over half the team into the final rounds of the conference meet. Eight Cedar Springs wrestlers placed at the OK Blue Conference meet and three wrestlers earned first place championship titles.
Senior Joe Simon pinned Wade Schipper of Sparta in 2:00 in the 285-pound title; freshman Jared Vodry beat Kyle Hurley of Sparta in a 9-7 decision in the 125-pound championship bout; and Junior Austin Wamser (160 lb) earned a win by decision over his Belding opponent.
The consolation rounds earned third place wins by fall for Senior Nic Baird (119 lb) and freshman Baron Lenardson (103 lb) by a 7-6 decsion. Three other Hawk wrestlers medaled fourth, Cody Oehme (130 lb), Corey Wozniak (189 lb) and Conner Ackerman (215 lb).
The Red Hawks move into team districts on Wednesday at Sparta and then they travel to Gaylord for individual districts Valentine’s weekend.
Go Hawks!

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Red Hawk wrestlers conquer Belding

Red Hawk Joe Simon (285 lb), senior, takes down his opponent.

On Wednesday, January 12, the Cedar Springs Varsity wrestling team beat Belding 53-13 at the first home match of the season. Beginning with the 171 lb class, Levi Whipple earned the first points of the night with an overtime win 5-4. A fall executed by Corey Wozniak (189 lb) midway through the second period brought the score to 9-0 in favor of the Red Hawks.
Belding countered in the 215 lb and 285 lb weight classes to tie the score 9-9.
Baron Lenardson (103 lb) rallied with a quick pin just 27 seconds into his first round to continue the momentum for the Hawks.  A major win by Jared Vodry (125 lb), a void at 130 lb for Danny Wier, and a 15-0 technical fall in the second period by Cody Oehme (135 lb) tallied the score at 40-9. With no hope for Belding to make a comeback, the Hawks earned wins by Matt Patin (140 lb) with a fall in the first period, a major win by Jake Marsman (152 lb), who kept his opponents score at zero for three periods, and a solid match by Austin Wamser (160 lb) brought the final score to 53-13 and a conference win for the Hawks.
The Hawks take to the mat at home this week:
Conference match vs West Catholic Wednesday, January 19 (last night)
JV Invitational Friday, January 21, at 4:00 p.m.
Red Hawk Varsity Invitational Saturday, January 22,  at 9:00 a.m.
Come cheer them on!

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Continued success for local wrestling club

Pursuit wrestling clubWest Michigan Pursuit is seeing continued success with 11 of the 17 wrestlers they traveled to Forest Hills Central with come home with medals.  Coaches Andrus and Lewis of the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team know that championship high school teams are born from strong youth teams.  Opening a year round training center targeting area youth seemed to be the logical thing to do, and Andrus and Lewis had discussed it many times over the years before it came to fruition.  Not only does it give the kids an opportunity to train during the off season, they have the added benefit of developing a working relationship with their future high school coaches long before they reach high school.  If West Michigan Pursuit continues to churn out winners the way it has so far this season, I suspect a state championship like the one the Red Hawks saw in 1994 is not too far off in the future.

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New year brings highs & lows for Red Hawk wrestling

Hawks struggle with Comstock Park in OK Blue

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Cedar Springs Red Hawk Wrestlers place First at Belding Tournament

The Red Hawks took to the road on January 5 to go head to head against Comstock Park.
The Hawks started out with a win in the 285 lb weight class earning a pin in the first period to put the initial points on the board for Cedar Springs. The next three rounds were in favor of Comstock Park.  The Red Hawks earned points and a pin in the 125 & 130 lb classes, respectively, bringing the score to 15-17.
Cedar continued to fight hard, but struggled to put points on the board.  A battle in the 140 lb class found its opponents in overtime, but a Panther takedown ended the match. A tough match at the 152 lb level and a major win at 171lb were not enough to dominate Comstock Park who won the meet with a score of 53-19.
Red Hawks dominate Belding tournament
On Saturday, January 8, the Red Hawk wrestlers brought home the first place trophy from the Belding Team Tournament. Cedar Springs began the day in a duel with a 70-12 win over Grand Rapids Christian. Hometown Belding started strong earning the first six points against the Hawks, but soon succumbed to the Red Hawk wrath and were only able to earn four falls. Cedar beat Belding 60-24.  The Hawks were on a roll shutting out Hudsonville 69-12 and Ottawa Hills 82-0.  As Cedar moved into their final round of the day, Caledonia couldn’t handle the Hawk pressure and fell 62-12.
Nine Red Hawks went undefeated:  Jake Marsman (152), Austin Wamser (160), Levi Whipple (189), Joe Simon (285), Baron Lenardson (103), Scott Stockreef (112), Nic Baird (119), Jared Vodry (125), Cody Oehme (130).

Cody Oehme

Cody Oehme

Come cheer on the Hawks as they take to the mat in their first home meet of the season on Wednesday, January 12th against Belding.
Wrestling Hawks place third at Comstock tournament
The Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling team placed 3rd overall at the Comstock Individual Team Tournament on December 30. The Cedar Springs team went head to head with opponents from 12 Michigan schools that traveled from all areas of the Lower Peninsula including Petoskey, Blissfield and Constantine.
The double elimination tournament saw 8 of the 14 Red Hawks move on to compete in the final rounds. Senior Joe Simon (285), Junior Austin Wamser (160) and Sophomore Dom Chong (140) earned 2nd place medals.  Senior Nic Baird (119) placed 3rd.  Senior Jake Marsman (152), Junior Matt Patin (140), Freshmen Jared Vodry (125) and Sean Thompson (135) were awarded 4th place.
The Red Hawks closed out 2010 placing 3rd overall in team points.

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