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Red Hawks Medal at Western GREIGHTS

By James Streeter

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling (CSYW) Club continued its winning ways while participating in the MYWAY West Region GREIGHTS tournament hosted by Grandville High School. The Red Hawks distinguished themselves again as one of the top clubs by placing first overall in total match points with 474 and second overall in pins with 27. 

Coach Jake Marsman had this to say about his team’s performance. “With these GREIGHTS tournaments you never really know who is going to make the trip so some of our wrestlers had some pretty tough brackets and were challenged, which is exactly what we want to see at this part of the season.”

In the 2013-2015 age group Bently Hughes took home a 4th place finish in the 40lb weight bracket while Ethan Trompen and Henry Galinis both earned themselves 3rd place finishes in the 55lb and 58lb brackets respectively.

The 2011-2012 age group continued its dominance as Brycen Alber avenged a 2nd place finish from a week ago by taking 1st in the 49lb bracket. Hudson Cassiday battled back from an early loss to earn a 2nd place finish in the 55lb bracket while Dillon Vandyke wrestled his way to a 2nd place finish in the 72lb bracket. Jaxon Fitgerald had himself a day by taking 1st in the 82lb weight class. 

On the Novice side Christian Homrich earned himself a 3rd place finish in the 64lb weight class while teammate Wyatt Workman wrestled his way to a 4th place finish. In the girls bracket the Red Hawks claimed two of the top four spots as Sierra Streeter and Taylor Crystal took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 58lb weight class.

It was much of the same for the Red Hawks in the 2009-2010 age group as seven wrestlers medaled. Eli Gunderson got things started with a hard fought 4th place finish in the 57lb bracket. In the 60lb weight class Bryson Streeter battled his way to a 4th place finish in the 60lb bracket while two of his teammates earned medals in the 69lb weight class with Tucker Crystal taking 2nd and Cade Troupe taking 4th. In the 95lb bracket Dayton Reynolds showed a lot of grit wrestling to a 3rd place finish. Jon Libera continued to be the anchor of the age group as he wrestled his way to a 2nd place finish in the 100lb weight class. On the Novice side, Timothy Smith continued his winning ways, taking 1st overall in the 81lb bracket.

The 2007-2008 age group saw some stiff competition for the Red Hawks with Deegan Pike and Blake Falan both earning 4th place finishes in the 80lb and 90lb brackets respectively. Beau Savage had himself a day finishing 1st overall in the 133lb weight class.

Of special note was Avery Gitchel who traveled to Alma in the North Region and earned his first 1st place finish in the 55lb weight class of the 2010-2011 age group! Also an omission from last week was the outstanding finish by Deegan Pike at the South West Region GREIGHTS tournament where he finished 2nd overall 2007-2008 80lb bracket.

This weekend the Red Hawks will travel to Hudsonville for more MyWAY West Region action as well as Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo for the team state competition.

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