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WMP at Hawkeye Nationals, Greights and Forest Hills Eastern

WMP at Hawkeye Nationals, Greights and Forest Hills Eastern

100/105 lb Champion Blake Peasley. Courtesy photo.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit spread out and had grapplers competing in different tournaments: Hawkeye Nationals, Traverse City and Forest Hills Eastern. 

WMP had seven travel to the Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa and five finished in the top four. 52 lb Brody Compau, 3rd/4th grade division finished 4th. 78 lb Quinten Cassiday, 5th/6th grade division finished 2nd. Hawkeye National Champions are 82 lb Luke Egan, 5th/6th grade division; 100 lb Ayden McClurken, 7th/8th grade division and 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 7th/8th grade division. Congratulations to Brody Compau and Luke Egan who have each earned their Belt. To earn these belts, you have to place in the top 4, three out of four of the Midwest Wrestling Tour Series. There is one more opportunity to earn a belt and that will be the Gopher State Nationals, February 8-9 Monticello, MN. 

The Far North Region hosted a Greights tournament at Traverse City High School and WMP entered nine to compete, placing eight in the top four. 60 lb Brennan Dietz, 9/10 age group; 63 lb Landon Learn, 9/10 age group and 57 lb Kassie Sapp, 9/10 age group all finished third. 49 lb Emmett Russo, 5/6 age group and 57 lb Blake Werkema finished 2nd. Greights Champions are 64 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group, 52 lb Ethan VanDyke, 5/6 age group and 63 lb Tatianna Castillo, 9/10 age group. The Greights tournament also held a Girls Division. 68 lb Tatianna Castillo and 60 lb Kassie Sapp both claimed the Championships in the 9/10 age division. 

The West Region hosted their tournament at Forest Hills Eastern. WMP entered 13 and 12 placed in the top four. 97 lb Declan Mead, 7/8 age group and 100 lb Logan Goguen, 13/15 age group both finished 3rd. 55 lb Jaxson Babcock, 7/8 age group; 107 lb Evan Mouch 13/15 age group; 60 lb Jace Schut, 9/10 age group and 80 lb Kamden Witte, 11/12 age group all finished 2nd. Forest Hills Eastern Champions are 77 lb JJ Petersen, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Koope Witte, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Evan Andrews 11/12 age group; 95 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group; 60 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group and 100/105 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group. 

“Overall, WMP entered 31 grapplers to compete this weekend and 28 finished in the top 4. 21 of these kids battled their way into the Finals and 14 claimed Championship Titles. Saying I am proud is an understatement. You kids continue to exceed my expectations. Thank you for trusting me and trusting the process. You truly are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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