Pine River boasts nine all-state wrestlers
AUBURN HILLS — Pine River's Raden Holmes took third place at 189 pounds in the Division 4 state individual meet Thursday through Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Holmes finished the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Chase Gibson, of Bronson.
Joe Rigling took fourth place for Pine River's wrestling team at 160 pounds. Rigling beat Carlos Garza to advance to the match for third place. He lost by a pin in 3:50 to Hunter Sweatland, of St. Charles. Jaycob Roberts (125) took fifth place by taking his last match on an injury default.
Brock Nelson (135) took fifth by pinning Connor Baldwin of Erie Mason, in 31 seconds.
Dylan Stephens (112) took sixth after losing his final match to Brenden Spencer, of Roscommon, 7-1. Andrew Park (130) was sixth after losing his last match 5-4 to Scotty Torres, of Hudson.
Tim Rizor (171) took seventh place with a win over Ethan Weatherspoon, of Napoleon, in his final match 2-0.
Brian McCurry (215) took eighth place after losing his last match to Jason Craig, of Lawton, 4-1.
Justin Cole (140) lost his last match and took eighth place.
"We went down there with 13 and to have nine come back, it's surprising to have that number come back with all-state honors," Pine River coach Tim Jones said. "We had a good first day. The morning on Friday, we struggled. Friday afternoon, everyone on the team wrestled to their potential. We won very single match we need to win to get all-state status.
"Obviously, when you have that many wrestlers there, you're going to get a lot. It's the greatest number we've ever had on one weekend get all-state."
Jones noted Holmes and Rigling had less than three wins the entire season as freshmen and now have earned all-state honors.
The Bucks were disappointed to lose in the state team semifinals the previous weekend, Jones said. But the performance at the individual finals was impressive. Cole, Holmes and Rigling are the only state placers that are graduating.