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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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Youth wrestlers headed to state

Over seven hundred youth wrestlers attended the MYWAY Wrestling Western 

S-Wrestlers-youthRegionals held at Grandville High School on March 9 and 10, 2013. This year Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club is boasting a total of fourteen regional placers, 10 of whom are MYWAY State qualifiers. Of those 10 state qualifiers, four were Regional Champions!

This year’s Regional Champions were Landon Demorest in the 7-8 year old 43 lbs division, Braden Hallman in the 7-8 year old 61 lbs division, Ryan Ringler in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, and Jordan Ringler in the 13-14 year old 85 lbs division. All four of these champions were undefeated this year in regular season tournaments. They will be leading the Red Hawks into the State Finals to be held this weekend, March 22, 23 and 24, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Additional state qualifiers were those who finished in the top four of their divisions. Keaton Klaasen took second in the 4-6 year old 46 lbs division. Third place finishers were Austin Averill in the 4-6 year old 37 lbs, Reese Gonzales in the 11-12 year old 85 lbs, Gage Gardner in the 11-12 year old 119 lbs, Allexis Gonzales 11-12 year old 126 lbs, and George Gonzales Jr. in the 13-14 year old 155 lbs division.

The last four regional placers narrowly missed their chance at finals by taking 5th and 6th in their divisions. Logan Hull and Bryce Hallman both took fifth place in the 11-12 year old division; Logan at 75 lbs and Bryce at 100 lbs. Pistachio Gonzales and Aiden Bouwens both finished in sixth place; Pistachio in the 4-6 year 52 lbs division and Aiden in the 9-10 year 85 lbs division. Hundreds of wrestlers were put out of the tournament within the first several rounds of wrestling. All of these wrestlers worked very hard to place at regionals. Good luck to those who are attending State Finals this weekend. Get out there and show them what Cedar Springs is made of, Champions!

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Youth wrestlers rake in the medals


Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers have continued their winning streak week to week as the wrestling season goes on. Wrestling in three separate tournaments, wrestlers have been bringing home a boat load of medals and trophies that show their hard work.

On January 20, Byron Center hosted a tournament where Cedar Springs showed its winning colors, bringing home a total of 15 medals.

In first place were Landon Demorest, Ryan Ringler, Aaron Smith, Jordan Ringler and George Gonzales Jr. Second place finishers were Jackson Holloway, Keaton Klaasen, Tacho Gonzales, Logan Hull, and Allexis Gonzales. In third place were Pistachio Gonzales, Trevor Marsman, Aiden Bouwens, Reese Gonzales and Sam Couturier. Gavin Byxbe and Sergei Byxbe also brought home two third place finishes from a tournament held the same day at Central Montcalm for a grand total of 17 top finishers!

Wrestlers went on winning at the tournament held at Forest Hills Northern on January 27. First place finishers in that tournament were Austin Averill and Trevor Marsman. Second place finishers were Cody Averill, Logan Hull and Gage Gardner. Rounding out the bunch was Brandson Wood with a fourth place finish. These wrestlers continue to prove their strength, wrestling at tournaments where as many as 600 kids are registered to wrestle each week. Keep up the good work Red Hawks!

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Girls earn national wrestling titles

While most kids were relaxing for spring break, Cedar Springs most successful female wrestlers were tearing up the mat.  Sisters Reese and Allexis Gonzales both qualified in February for the USGWA (United States Girls Wrestling Association) Nationals by taking the Girls State Champion title in their weight classes. Hundreds of girls traveled from all over the nation to compete in the USGWA Nationals held March 31 and April 1, 2012 at the Bowen Fieldhouse of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.

Reese went 5-0, pinning all of her opponents within the first two periods.  She took Girls National Champion in the 72lb weight class. Allexis was also crowned Girls National Champion in the 99lb weight class with a record of 5-0, pinning all of her opponents. Their father and coach, George Gonzales Sr, who is also the head coach of the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club is very proud of their accomplishments this year and is hopeful that more girls will start participating in wrestling.

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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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