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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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Wrestling club off to a winning start

youth wrestlingCedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has begun the 2011 season the same way the ended the 2010 season, winning!
On December 19, Northview hosted their annual “kick-off” tournament which included both open and novice divisions. Out of the 23 Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers who registered for the two tournaments, 20 of them won medals by placing in the top four!
Special congratulations go out to 10 of the first and second year wrestlers who placed in the novice division. Novice wrestlers in the 5/6 year old division include Cody Averil 2nd/37lbs, Tacho Gonzales 2nd/46lbs, Maston Wood 1st/55lbs and Ronnie Brown 2nd/55lbs.
In the 7/8 year old division, placers include Triston Eldred 2nd/43lbs,  Trevor Marsman 2nd/52lbs and Tretyn Roelofs 3rd/55a.
In the 9/10 year old division, the lone placer was Karson Miles who took 4th in the 67lb class.
In the 11/12 year old division, placers were Freddy Rutledge 3rd at 85lbs and Tylor Carter 1st at 112lbs.
The other 10 wrestlers placed in the open division. In the 5/6 year old division, placers were Landon Demorest 1st at 37lbs and Sergei Byxbe 3rd at 58lbs.
In the 7/8year old division, placers were Treton Snoeyink 2nd/63lbs, Aiden Bouwens 1st/ 67lbs and Kody Miles 3rd/67lbs.
Placers in the 9/10 year old division were Logan Hull 2nd/63lbs, Ricky Wood 4th/75lbs and Allexis Gonzales 3rd/90lbs.
The lone placer in the 11/12 year old Open Division was George Gonzales Jr. who was bumped up from the 126lb weight class to take a 1st place finish in the 133lb class.
These wrestlers have already been working hard and it shows. Be sure to keep up to date on all the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers or if your child may be interested in wrestling, check out the youth wrestling web site at www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com.

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Triumphant week for Red Hawk wrestlers

The victory march began on Wednesday, December 15, as the varsity Red Hawk wrestlers traveled to Forest Hills Northern for an OK-Blue contest. The Huskies struggled to stay in the match, as the Red Hawks earned rounds of points and pins to achieve a final score of 60-12 in favor of the Hawks.
On Saturday, December 18, the Red Hawks found themselves on top once again as they took home the first place trophy at the Freeland Team Invitational. The first round found Cedar Springs matched up with the home team Freeland. First year wrestler, Connor Ackerman (215 lb/freshman) put the initial six points on the board for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the first period. Junior Austin Wamser (160 lb) earned the last points of the match with a strong, technical win to beat the Falcons with a 54-19 victory.
Round two matched the Red Hawks with the Vassar Vulcans. A forfeit win in the initial match and a quick, first round pin by Cory Wozniak (189 lb) in the next round lead to a domino effect in the six weight classes that lead the Hawks to a 60-23 victory and sent them into the next round with Heritage High School from Saginaw.  The Red Hawks swooped the Heritage Hawks to earn their third win of the day with a 69-12 score.
The Red Hawks would find themselves going into the fourth round with Gladwin. The Hawks weren’t taking the match up lightly. In 2009, the Gladiators put up a tough fight and only allowed the Red Hawks to squeak out a four-point lead.  This year the Hawks set out to conquer Gladwin for a second time. A slow start to the match, a rally in the mid-weight classes and a speedy pin by Dom Chong (145 lb) in the first minute of his round removed all chances of Gladwin moving into the championship match. The Red Hawks defeated Gladwin 57-24.
The Red Hawks dominated the tournament to earn a spot in the finals.
Reed City and Nouvel Catholic Central each had three wins in their pool and had to go head to head to see who the Red Hawks would battle for first place. Nouvel gave a tough fight, but were ousted 33-39 by Reed City.
As the final round of the tournament ensued, senior Levi Whipple (171 lb) started the ball rolling with a pin for the Hawks. Reed City dominated the next two matches.  Heavy weight, Joe Simon (senior) countered with a pin to tie the match 12-12.
Freshman, Baron Lenardson (103 lb) earned a 29 second fall to put Cedar Springs in the lead. The Red Hawks continued to dominate thanks to a pin by Scott Stockreef (112 lb), a technical win by Aaron Brooks (119), a forfeit win by Nic Baird (125 lb) and a fall by Jared Vodry (130 lb). The Hawks were ahead 41-18.  The point of no return for the Coyotes was during the 140 lb round. Junior Matt Patin sealed the win for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the second period, which was reinforced by Jake Marsman’s (152 lb) quick fall of his Reed City opponent. The final score 53-30 awarded the Red Hawks the title of tournament champions and the first place trophy.
Joe Simon, Matt Patin, Scott Stockreef and Nic Baird wrestled undefeated for the day. Next match up for the Red Hawks will be December 30 at the Comstock Invitational Tournament in Comstock, MI.

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Local wrestling club sees gold

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These three wrestlers were undefeated in a tournament last weekend. L to R: Nathan Male, Nathan Elliston and Olivia Male. Coach Dave Andrus standing in back.

West Michigan Pursuit, located on White Creek Avenue, has been open for training just six short months, and already owner Dave Andrus is seeing the kids’ hard work start to pay off. This past Sunday, Andrus, who is also Cedar Springs High School’s varsity wrestling coach, took three kids to an individual MYWA tournament in Mendon, Michigan to kick off the season. With over 200 wrestlers in attendance, and over 50 in the 7/8 year old bracket alone, the kids wrestled a combined 14 matches with each finishing undefeated in their weight class.   Nathan Male finished with 3 pins, one bye and one decision. Olivia Male finished with four decisions, and Nathan Elliston ended the day with 4 pins and one decision. All three are students at Beach Elementary School in Cedar Springs.

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