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Youth wrestlers continue to win

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

This weekend Cedar Springs youth wrestlers and their families traveled to Orchard View High School and Alma High School to participate in tournaments. Altogether 21 wrestlers participated and 10 placed in the top 4 of their divisions.

Students listed placed at Orchard View Open and Novice Tournament unless otherwise noted.

First place champions were Jonathon Libera in the 58lb 4/5/6 year old All and Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb 9/10 year old Open divisions.

Second place finishers were Reed Haack in the 61lb 4/5/6 year old All, Blake Falan in the 55lb 7/8 year old Novice & Carter Falan in the 90lb 11/12 year old Open Divisions.

Third place wrestlers were Tucker Crystal in the 46lb 4/5/6 year old All and Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 7/8 year old Open divisions at the Alma Panthers Monster Trophy Tournament; Matthew Vaughn in the 90lb 9/10 year old  Novice and Andrew VanGessel in the 80lb 13/14 year old Open Divisions at Orchard View Open & Novice Tournament.

Fourth place grappler of the day was Marek Russ in the 72lb 7/8 year old Novice Division.

“As the second half of the season begins, we are looking for each of the wrestlers to continue to improve,” said Coach Goike.

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http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cedarspringswrestling or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CSYWC/ for more information.

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CS Youth wrestlers compete at Belding

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

By J. Troupe

Last weekend the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers hit the mats for the Belding Open & Novice Tournament hosted by the Belding Folkstyle Wrestling Club. We brought 25 grapplers~9 Open and 17 Novice that wrestled a total of 65 matches. “It’s early in the season,” said Coach Marsman. “Practices are so important. They did better than the Lions!”

Our Novice grapplers Caleigh Wood took 2nd place in the 09-11 46B lb weight class, Hudson Crystal took 1st place in the 07-08 72lb weight class, Blake Pickard took 3rd place in the 05-06 80lb weight class, Matthew Vaughn took 3rd place in the 05-06 90lb weight class, Annabelle Wood took 4th place in the 03-04 70/75lb combined weight class & Austin Miller took 2nd in the 03-04 183lb weight class.

The Open contenders were Trevor Marsman, who took 4th in the 03-04 70/75 combined weight class; Ariana Meyers placed 3rd in the 03-04 133lb weight class; and Andrew VanGessel brought home a 2nd place medal in the 01-02 80lb class.

The next competition will be January 3 at Reeths Puffer High School.

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Five youth wrestlers state champions


Five state champions…one for each month that the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have worked toward the MYWAY State Wrestling Championships. Since early November, youth wrestlers and coaches have been sacrificing and training in hopes of earning the coveted title of State Champion. Twenty of those Red Hawks, along with approximately 2,500 other youth wrestlers, earned their spot to wrestle at the 2015 MYWAY State Championships, held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan,  March 28, 29 and 30.  Of the 20 who competed, twelve of them placed in the top eight, further qualifying them to compete in national events. Possibly the biggest accomplishment of any club in the state of Michigan is that Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had five wrestlers crowned 2015 State Champions!

Eighth grader, Ryan Ringler, went 4-0 to earn his fifth State Champion title! Ringler’s second period pin in the championship round against Aaron Gilmore of Donahoe secured his 2015 State Champion Title in the 170lb, 13/14 division.

Allexis Gonzales, also an eighth grader, took Girls State Champion in the 14U division at 130lbs. She went 5-0, winning her first four matches by pins. She earned a minor decision in her championship match against Kelsy Coger of Pennfield.

Seventh grader, Reese Gonzales, went 4-0, pinning all of her opponents, in a round robin. She earned Girls State Champion at 110 lbs in the 14U division. Her toughest match was against runner-up Payton Smith of Clio, who she pinned in the second round.

Zoe Gonzales battled her way to Girls State Champion at 76lbs in the 11U division. Gonzales went 3-0, winning each match by only one point. In the championship round, she beat Karlie Woodall of Coloma, with a score of 3-2. Gonzales won after she earned a reversal in the last few seconds of the third round.

Cora Gonzales was the youngest Girls State Champion for the Red Hawks this year. Gonzales, who wrestled at 52lbs in the 9U division, went 4-0, with 3 pins and one decision. She won her State Champion title with a 5-0 decision in the final round against Tricia Pyrzewski  of Gladwin.

Freshman George Gonzales Jr. battled the toughest side of the 20-man chart to earn his second place finish. With a record of 4-1, he suffered his only loss, at 174lbs in the 15/16 division, against Trevor Piggott of Ionia.

Seventh grader Rosie Castro finished in second place at 122lbs in the 14U Girls Division. She had first and second round pins to secure her spot in the championship round where she took runner-up to Kennedi Gotha of Linden.

By placing in the top three spots at State or top two in the Girls division, all seven wrestlers listed above won a custom championship singlet and the opportunity to be partially sponsored by MYWAY  for national tournaments. The next five wrestlers below battled tough, but were unable to secure a top finish.

Six-year-old, Veronica Tapia was the only girl in the area who competed in both the MYWAY State Finals and the MYWAY Girls State Finals, wrestling a total of 12 matches! Tapia went 5-2 on a 32-person chart to take fourth at 40lb in the 4/6 division.  She went 3-2 at 40lb in the 9U Girls’ division to take third.

Keaton Klaasen had a very impressive  6th place finish at 52lbs in the 7/8 division. He went 5-2 on a chart of 31 wrestlers.

The girls rounded out the results with 6th and 7th place finishes in the Girls Division. First year wrestler Madisyn Britley took 6th in the 11U HWT division. Analize Tapia took 7th at 43lbs in the 9U division. Brooklyn Wright finished 7th at 122 lbs in the 14U division.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has been and continues to be one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the state of Michigan. Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. attributes that to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches and the wrestlers.

“I am proud to be part of a program that teaches athletes about integrity, hard work and dedication,” said Gonzales. “Sure, there are times when the wrestlers want to give up, but you don’t win by giving up. They need to earn what they want by working hard and not by cheating themselves. These are lessons they will be taking into adulthood. It’s about integrity, on and off the mat. That is what makes us champions and that is what will make these kids champions in life.”

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Wrestlers earn championships


On Saturday, March 15 and Sunday March 16, MYWAY Wrestling Western Region held Regional Finals at Kenowa Hills High School. Wrestlers have spent the last four months competing in preparation for the tournament. Competition was fierce as the top wrestlers in the western region came to compete to place top four in their weight classes in order to qualify for the MYWAY State Finals. Twenty three Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers went to regionals and seventeen of those qualified for State Finals, four whom where Champions!

2014 Western Region Champions are Veronica Tapia at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Landon Demorest at 47lb in the 9/10 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 158lb in the 11/12 age group.

Second place finishers were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 58lb in the 7/8 age group, Trevor Marsman at 63lb in the 9/10 age group, and Jordan Ringler at 106lb in the 99-98 High School division.

Third place finishers Aiden Bouwens at 100lb in the 9/10 age group, Logan Hull at 85lb in the 11/12 age group and Samuel Couturier at 112lb in the 11/12 age group.

Rounding out the state qualifiers in fourth place were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age group and Gage Gardner at 145 in the 13-15 age group.

Reese and Tacho Gonzales both fell one win short of qualifying by taking fifth place in their weight classes.

Cedar Springs will also be sending four girls to the MYWAY Girls State Championships,which will be held in conjunction with regular state finals. Allexis, Reese, Cora, and Zoe Gonzales will all be competing in the girls only tournament.

MYWAY State Finals will be held this weekend at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI from Friday, March 28 until March Sunday, March 30. Anyone wanting to come out and watch the best wrestling in the state of Michigan can get the full schedule at www.mywaywrestling.com.

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers and coaches would like to thank the Post and its readers for their support by printing and reading the wrestling results each week. It has been a great season, with many more to come.

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Youth wrestlers finish strong


On Sunday, March 2, Grand Valley State University hosted one of the last two regular season tournaments at the campus field house. Competition was fierce, as over 600 wrestlers from all over the state of Michigan attended. Seven Red Hawk youth wrestlers brought home medals.

First place finishers were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 6lb in the 7/8 age group and Allexis Gonzales at 122 pounds in the 13/15 age group.

Second place finishers were Pistachio Gonzales at 55lb in the 5/6 age group and Wyatt Cooper at 82 lbs in the 7/8 age group.

Third place finishers were Carter Falan at 80 lb in the 9/10 age group and Gage Gardner at 145 lb in the 13-15 age group.

On March 9, 10 wrestlers won medals at the last regular season tournament hosted by Cedar’s backyard rivals, Rockford.

First place winners were Veronica Tapia at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 58lb in the 7/8 age group and Landon Demorest at 51lb in the 9/10 age group.

Chase Sarniak took second at 46lb in the 5/6 age group.

Third place finishers were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age, Wyatt Cooper at 82lb in the 7/8 age group, Lane Wiggins-Russo at 112 in the 7/8 age group, Aiden Bowens at 95lb in the 9/10 age group, and Sergei Byxbe in the 110 pound 9/10 age group.

These youth wrestlers spent the last three months conditioning and competing at developmental tournaments in preparation for MYWAY regionals and state finals. Regionals were held March 15-16  at Kenowa Hills. MYWAY state finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek,  Michigan on March 28- March 30. Be sure to check next week’s Post to see which of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers placed at Regionals and will be going to State Finals. Anyone wishing to attend state finals may get information online at www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com or www.mywaywrestling.com


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Wrestlers place in Monster Trophy Tournament


Cedar Springs youth wrestlers have never been know to run away from competition. So when Alma announced its Monster Trophy Tournament held on February 9, the Hawks were all in. Twenty of Cedar’s talented wrestlers attended the tournament, where almost 500 of Michigan’s toughest wrestlers went to win the coveted “Monster Trophies.” Each wrestler battled through some of the toughest charts of the year, with up to 13 wrestlers on a single chart. Although they all fought tough, only seven of them were able to bring back trophies and three were champions!

Two of the champions were in the 5/6 year division. They were Veronica Tapia at 37lbs and Pistachio Gonzales at 58lbs. The only other champion was Trevor Marsman in the 9/10 year division at 63lbs.

Second place finishers were 7/8 year Keaton Klaasen at 49lbs and Tommy

Stevens at 58lbs. Rounding off the results with fourth place finishes were Cora Gonzales in the 7/8 division at 52lbs and Logan Hull in the 11/12 division at 90lbs.

Even though the other Cedar wrestlers went home empty handed, they did it with heads held high. Most of the wrestlers who went home from Alma with trophies were those who are expected to dominate MYWAY State Finals coming up at the end of March.

“Winning isn’t always everything. It is the lessons we learn in losing that make us better wrestlers and coaches,” said Coach George Gonzales. “You need to learn how to be a good loser, to be a good winner.”


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Youth wrestlers place

S-Wrestling-youthWhile most of their teammates stayed home to watch the Superbowl, these dedicated wrestlers went to Muskegon to wrestle at Orchardview High School on February 2, 2014. Only seven went and all of them placed!

Champions were Keaton Klaasen in the 7/8 at 49 lbs, Pistachio Gonzales in the 5/6 at 55 lbs and Tommy Stevens in the 7/8 at 58 lbs. In second place was Trevor Marsman in the 9/10 division at 63lbs. Third place winners were Cora Gonzales in the 7/8 at 52 lbs and Aiden Bouwens in the 9/10 at 95 lbs. Tacho Gonzales rounded off the group with a fourth place finish in the 9/10 division at 67 lbs.

Not only are these kids amazing on the mat, but Pistachio, Cora and Trevor have all been recognized this year by their schools for being Red Hawk kids. They display the kind of values the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club is proud to teach: Responsible, Enthusiastic, Dedicated, Hard Worker, Achiever, Winner, and Kind. We are truly proud of all of our hard working wrestlers, even the ones who chose to stay home and watch the Superbowl.

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Youth wrestlers keep winning


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.

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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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Youth wrestlers take top spots

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Cedar Youth wrestlers traveled to Allendale for one of the last regular season tournaments. Though the end of the season is fast approaching, they showed no signs of slowing down, taking a total of seven first-place and four second-place finishes.

Wrestlers who took first place were Trevor Marsman, Aiden Bouwens, Logan Hull, Reese Gonzales, Ryan Ringler, Allexis Gonzales, and George Gonzales Jr. Second-place finishers were Landon Demorest, Ronnie Brown, Trenton Snoeyink, and Jeremy Wildfong.

On March 4, they traveled to Greenville for the last regular season tournament, although complete results were not yet available.

Myway Western Regionals will be held this Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11 at Orchardview High School in Muskegon. Wrestling begins at 10:00 a.m. both days. Kids 10 and younger will compete on Saturday and kids age 11 up through High School will wrestle on Sunday. Come out and support your local wrestlers, as they try to qualify for the State Tournament to be held later this month in Battle Creek.


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