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Youth wrestlers face intense competition

Youth wrestlers face intense competition

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their awards. Photo by Terry Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

On February 4, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club traveled to Grand Valley State University, Chippewa Hills High School and Oxford High School. 

Thirty local youth joined 463 wrestlers in the Open & Novice Tournament at GVSU. The Team went 64-50 for the day. 

Leading the team in Most Pins in Shortest Times were Rory Schoenborn (5th overall), Dawson Pike (6th), Spencer Schoenborn (7th), Dillon VanDyke (39th), Brycen Alber (41st), Austin Averill (56th), Gabe Gair (57th), Cameron Ellison (60th) and Deegan Pike (66th) helping CSYWC take the 1st place spot with 30 pins in 31:21. 

Mason Taylor had the Fastest Pin overall with :09; Spencer Schoenborn was 6th with :14; Dawson Pike and Cameron Ellison were 18th with :20; Brycen Alber was 41st with :28; Rory Schoenborn was 48th with :29; Dillon VanDyke was 67th with :34; Austin Averill was 80th with :37; and Gabe Gair was 85th with :38. 

Rory Schoenborn scored the most Team Points with 26, bringing the total to 223. They were second overall in Total Match points with 343, wrestling 71 scoring matches. Dawson Pike scored 19 in a single match coming in 7th overall. Austin Averill scored 17, Blake Falan and Thomas Prins 13, and Cameron Ellison and  Brycen Alber 12. 

According to Coach Scott Marsman, there was very intense competition at GVSU and the kids really held their own. “At the halfway point of the season we are very pleased with where the kids are at and are very excited as we work towards finishing out the year strong,” he said. 

In the 2011-13 age group, Brycen Alber placed 2nd in the 43lb class, Dawson Pike placed 2nd in the 46lb class, Blake Alber placed 4th in the 52lb class, Dillon VanDyke placed 3rd in the 55lb class, and Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 3rd in the 61lb class. 

In the 2009-10 age group, Novice Division Cameron Ellison placed 4th in the 49lb class and Zach Vu placed 3rd in the 112lb class. In the Open Division Tucker Crystal placed 2nd in the 58lb class. 

In the 2007-08 age group, Novice Division Deegan Pike placed 2nd, Austin Averill placed 3rd and Spencer Schoenborn placed 4th in the 63lb class. Rory Schoenborn placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 80lb class. Thomas Prins placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 110lb class. In the Open Division Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 71lb class and Hudson Crystal placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 85/90lb class. 

In the 2005-06 age group, Gabe Gair placed 2nd in the 112/119lb class. In the 2003-04 age group Ben Brunner placed 4th in the 122lb class. 

At Chippewa Hills HS, Sierra Streeter had 2 pins in 3:44, was 56th overall and brought home the first place medal in the 43lb class. Micah LaFlure placed 4th in the 43lb class. Ben Streeter placed first in the 67/77lb class and had the 14th fastest pin with :16.

Jon Libera headed to Oxford HS to chase the Northeast Region’s Greights medal. He had some tough competition and brought home the 3rd place medal. So far he has won 4, one Gold-North Region, one Silver-Metro Region and two bronze for the West and Northeast Regions. He plans to travel to all the Greights tournaments this season. 

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