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Varsity Wrestlers top Greenville for fourth consecutive year


Boys wrestling celebrates an exciting victory over arch rival Greenville Yellow Jackets. Pictured is Trevor Marsman, Cole Haack, Izak Wellshimer, Andrew VanGessel Alex Ream, Brady Ammell, Anthony Lizardo, Nate Male, Brandon Palasek. Courtesy photo.

It was a nail biting, seat gripping, disco light show, action packed Friday night in the Hawks Nest as the Red Hawks host Greenville and Ottawa Hills. The Red Hawks prevailed in thrilling fashion as junior Anthony Lizardo pinned his man in the final match to claim the duel victory over Greenville.

The first year wrestler Lizardo explains, “I was terrified. I wanted to do it for the team. It was a big deal.”

Head Coach Nick Emery, who is in his eighth season leading the Red Hawks, described the win as “One of our most memorable victories with a great home crowd and a scrappy young team that refused to quit.”

The Hawks took care of business with a win over Ottawa Hills and finished 5-1 in the OK White for the fourth consecutive season. The team finishes four years of OK White action with a 20-4 record and their only defeats coming at the hands of state champ Lowell.

Heading into the post season, the squad is paced by Trevor Marsman (41-0), Andrew VanGessel (30-2) Nate Elliston (35-7) Carter Falan (21-7) Alex Ream (21-7) and Landon Demorest (21-12). The boys can next be found Friday night at Lowell high school competing for OK White individual Championships. 

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Wrestlers win District title


Red Hawks soar over Greenville and Sparta

The Cedar Springs boys varsity wrestling team flew into Sparta Wednesday afternoon, February 6, on a mission to capture the District Title. The opposition for the day included the defending District Champion Sparta Spartans (28-4) and the Greenville Yellow Jackets (owners of 13 straight District Mittens from 2005-2017).

Red Hawk David Erxleben Jr. started the competition with a bang by claiming a major decision over his opponent. Logan Hull followed up with what Coach Emery calls, “The gutsiest performance of the decade.” In a 4-2 come back victory, Hull had used up all his injury time in the first period while getting sick on the mat. Overcoming a 2-0 deficit and the stomach bug, he pulled out a dramatic finish in the third period over a strong Spartan wrestler, in what would be the most decisive match of the season.

Aaron Smith and Nate Elliston did their jobs with key victories and the Hawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Sparta knifed their way back in through the middle weights to cut the lead 14-12 but three straight pins from Ryan Ringler, Sage Serbenta and Xavier Anderson all but iced it for the Red Hawks. Trevor Marsman sealed the deal with a pin at 112lbs and with a final score of 38-30 the boys moved on Greenville.

The Greenville dual ended with a final score of 47-23 as the Red Hawks overpowered the Yellow Jackets in 9 of 14 weight classes.

The mission was a complete success and the team celebrated their first District Title in over a decade.

The team moved on to regionals on Wednesday, February 13 at Cedar Springs High School, in search of their first regional victory since 1996. See next week’s paper for results.

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