All-state wrestler reflects on banner season

Ryder Holmes focusing on his next two years

Ryder Holmes



John Raffel

LEROY – It was a wrestling season Pine River’s Ryder Holmes will cherish for a long time.

Holmes was a state qualifier for the Bucks at 140 pounds and coach Terry Martin was happy with the result.

“He had a great tournament,” Martin said. “He fell to a four-time state finalist in the semifinals and battled through for a fourth-place finish.”

Holmes entered the state finals as a regional champ. It was quite an improvement considering he got knocked out of the regionals a year ago.

“I was more focused and prepared this year,” he said.

He went to the state meet at 37-9. He was a first-time state qualifier.

“The key was probably being in good shape and wrestling smart,” Holmes said.

He entered the regional with the goal of being in the top five and was able to accomplish it.

“I’m good on my feet,” he said. “I just need to focus more.”

Holmes’ improvement from a year ago was impressive.

“I got better on my overall wrestling and my cardio,” he said.

Holmes helped the Bucks win district and regional titles.

“I think we had expected to win districts,” he said.

Holmes also pays football and runs track and field for the Bucks as a talented three-sport athlete. He makes no secret of his favorite sport.

‘It’s probably wrestling,” he said. “It makes you work harder.”