Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers made their presence known at the annual Lowell Red Arrow Open/Novice wrestling tournament held at Lowell High School on January 12. Youth Hawks brought home a total of 12 medals from this tournament, as well as a Grand Champion from the NUWAY Great Lakes Championship held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Medal winners in the 4-6yr division was Veronica Tapia 2nd/37lb, Pistachio Gonzales 2nd/55lb, Brandson Wood 3rd/43lb, and Gavyn Byxbe 3rd/49lb. In the 7/8yr was Tommy Stevens 1st/58lb and Lane Wiggins-Russo 3rd/112lb. In the 9/10yr was Landon Demorest 3rd/55lb, Carter Falan 3rd/80lb and Sergei Byxbe 3rd/100lb. In the 11/12yr was Reese Gonzales 1st/95lb and Samuel Couturier 3rd/112lb. Allexis Gonzales took 4th in the 138lb 13-15yr age division.
While his team mates wrestled locally, Ryan Ringler traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was crowned Great Lakes National Champion in the U-12 Heavyweight division.
Cedar Springs youth coaches George Gonzales Sr, Jake Marsman, Bryan Goike, and Paul Ringler are all very excited to see all of the talent being shown in the youth program, which feeds into the Middle and High School Programs. Coach George says, “I love watching the middle and high school wrestlers. Especially, those who were once part our youth program.” He also hopes that the wrestling program will be restored to its full potential, as Cedar was once known to be a wrestling powerhouse.