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Youth wrestlers keep on winning

By James Streeter

A host of Red Hawks hit the road this past Sunday on their way to both Shepard High School and Lakewood High school for more MyWAY wrestling action. Cedar had a good showing at both venues as they captured four medals at Shepard and 13 medals at Lakewood.  Over the weekend the Red Hawks managed 29 pins and 303 match points. Coach Marsman was impressed with the wrestling saying, “The competition level at both Shepard and Lakewood was some of the stiffest we’ve faced all season long but the work that our wrestlers have been putting in is surely paying off!”

At the Shepard Greights tournament four wrestlers were able to bring back a total of four medals. In the Open 55lb weight class Hudson Cassiday battled to a 2nd place finish while Sierra Streeter ended the day with a 4th place finish. In the Girls 58lb bracket Red Hawks took the top two spots as best friends Sierra Streeter and Taylor Crystal took 1st and 2nd respectively, proving that they are two of the best girl wrestlers in the state at that weight.

Lakewood High School also saw a number of Red Hawk grapplers bring home hardware. In the 2013-2015 age group Ethan Trompen took 1st and Henrry Galinis placed 3rd in the 55lb weight class while Kamden Kohler wrestled his way to a 4th place finish in the 58lb bracket.

In the 2011-2012 age group Deacon Reynold got things started for the Red Hawks with a 3rd place finish in the 49lb bracket. In the combine weight classes of 77 and 82lbs Jaxon Fitzerald managed a 3rd place finish while Christian Homrich also earned 3rd place honors in the 64lb weight class.

Moving ahead into the 2009-2010 age group Eli Gunderson continued his winning ways with a 2nd place finish in the 57lb weight class while Tucker Crystal gutted his way to a 4th place finish in the 72lb weight class. Dayton Reynold had another solid showing as he has recently moved from novice to open earning himself a 2nd place finish in the combined weight class of 90 and 95lbs. Jon Libera’s medal count continues to grow as he earned a 2nd place finish  in the 100lb bracket while Tim Smith earned a 1st place finish in the 81lb bracket.

Rounding out the action for the Red Hawks was 2nd and 3rd place finishes respectively for Caleb Austin and Kale Faurot in the combined bracket of 80 and 85lbs.

This week the Red Hawks will travel to Allendale where they will compete on GVSU’s campus for another MyWAY West Region showdown.

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Youth wrestling off to a great start

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their medals.

It looks like the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program is off to a running start to another great wrestling season this year. Belding hosted one of the first tournaments of the 2014 season on January 5, at Belding high school. Eighteen out of 24 of our young Red Hawk wrestlers received medals. Of those 18 wrestlers, half of them were novice, meaning they are with in the first two years of competition.

In the Novice 09-07 division, medal winners were Veronica Tapia 3rd/37lb, Brandson Wood 2nd/43lb, Elijah Troost Jr. 4th/49lb, Gavyn Byxbe 4th/52lb, and Pistachio Gonzales 2nd/55lb.  In the novice 06-05 division, medal winners were Jeremiah Simons who took 2nd at 58lbs and Lane Wiggins-Russo who took 1st at 112lbs.  Rounding out the novice division was Zoe Gonzales who took 2nd at the 04-03, 67lb class.

In the 06-05 Open division, Keaton Klaasen took 2nd in the 06-05, 49lb class. In the 04-03 division medal winners were Trevor Marsman took 1st/63lb, Tacho Gonzales 3rd/67lb, Aiden Bouwens 2nd/95lb, and Sergie Byxbe 4th/110. In the 02-01 division were Logan Hull 4th/90lb, Reese Gonzales 2nd/95lb and  Samuel Couturier 2nd/112lb.  In the 00-99 division was Allexis Gonzales 3rd/130lb and Gage Gardner 1st/145lb.

Also hosted on January 5, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, was the Spartan Country “Superbowl of Wrestling” Tournament. Ryan Ringler, seventh grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was crowned the 2014 Champion in the 02-01, 158lb division, after wrestling some of the toughest kids in the state of Michigan. Ryan had a stellar year last year at the bottom of his age group, also winning the 2013 Superbowl Champion. He is guaranteed to be the top wrestler in his age group and weight class this year. Ryan is only one of the many talented wrestlers coming out of the youth wrestling program.

On December 8, 2013, MYWAY Wrestling hosted the MYWAY National Dual team tryouts at Hartland High School in Hartland, Mich. Wrestlers from all over the state of Michigan attended the try-outs for the National traveling team. Five wrestlers and two coaches from Cedar Springs will be representing the youth program on three of those teams. Landon Demorest won the 50lb spot on the MYWAY U-10 Boys team.  Ryan Ringler won the 133lb spot on the MYWAY U-12 Boys team with his father, Paul Ringler as assistant coach. Cora, Reese and Allexis Gonzales will all be on the MYWAY Girls 14 and under team. Youth wrestling head coach, George Gonzales Sr., will be at the reigns of the Girls’ 2014 team. All three of the teams will be traveling to Ohio State University in February.

Wrestling can get very expensive, with costs of up to $1,000 of personal expenses per tournament, when travelling with national teams. Anyone who may be interested in sponsoring any of our talented youth wrestlers is encourage to make donations to Choice One Bank in Cedar Springs under the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club or contact Coach George Gonzales Sr. at 616-299-2812 or treesbygeorge@charter.net. An investment with our youth today, will yield many rewards tomorrow. You can ask any wrestler.

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