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Youth grapplers 4th in state and medal at Hudsonville

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers and their medals. Courtesy photos.

By James Streeter

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling (CSYW) program continues to make a name for itself throughout the region and the state. This past Sunday a team of 10U Red Hawks traveled to Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo along with 70 other teams from across the state for the MyWAY Team State Championships, while another group of Red Hawks traveled to Hudsonville for some MyWAY West Region action. In Hudsonville seven Red Hawks found their way onto the podium, and as a team Cedar finished with 12 pins and 236 total match points. Coach Streeter was impressed with the outcome at state stating, “We are a very consistent team across the board. Our wrestlers are very solid at every weight, which creates matchup problems with most teams out there.”

On Sunday in Kalamazoo, the Wings Event Center played host to best youth wrestling teams from across the state and the Red Hawks again proved themselves among the best. In initial pool matches the Red Hawks went 2-1 while defeating Edwardsburg 52-25, Mason 52-24, and eventually dropped a close match to Brighton 40-42. These results proved enough to move the Red Hawks into the winner’s bracket to determine the top eight in state. Cedar got off on the right foot with a huge win over high school conference rival Lowell 42-37, solidifying their spot in the top 4. The next match was lopsided as the Red Hawks fell to eventual state champion South Lyon by the score of 3-77. The next match to determine 3rd and 4th place was another loss for the Red Hawks as they fell to Hartland 27-49. Cedar finished the day as the 4th best team in the state behind South Lyon, Dundee, and Hartland. They also finished the day in 5th place in pins with 27, 7th in team points with 216, and 10th in match points with 215. The Red Hawks also finished with five wrestlers earning all-state honors. Brycen Alber, Ben Streeter, Dayton Reynolds, Ales Hanes, and Zach Vu all won four or more matches to earn all-state honors. This is the second year in a row that the Red Hawks have placed in the top eight.

In Hudsonville, the Red Hawks were also successful as seven grapplers made the podium. In the 2009-2010 age group 57lb bracket, Elijah Elam claimed 2nd place while Triton Spicer took 3rd in his first tournament in the Open group. Also in the 2009-2010 age group, NaHaar Nicholls took 3rd in the combined bracket of 57/60lbs. In the 2007-2008 age group, Deegan Pike earned a hard fought 2nd place finish in the 80lb bracket, while Rory Schoenborn wrestled his way to a 3rd place finish in the 105lb bracket. Cedar had two wrestlers medal in the High School division with Landon Demorest earning 1st place in the combined weight class of 98/106lbs and David Erxleben also earning 1st place in the 138lb bracket.

This week the Red Hawks continue to gear up for Regionals by traveling to Central Montcalm for some MyWAY North Region action.

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