Area wrestlers get ready for postseason
LEROY — Fresh off a conference title, Pine River’s wrestling team will now bid for a lengthy and prosperous post season.
The Bucks are home for the Division 4 districts on Wednesday. They host Manton in the first round and, if they win, they’ll take on Montabella in the finals.
Pine River is 16-9.
“It’s going to be a good match between us and Montabella,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “We’re matched up fairly close.”
The Bucks with the best records are Abel Langworthy (33-3), Kyle Nixon (32-4) and Larry Kissinger (29-6).
The Bucks wrestle Saturday at Hesperia in the individual districts.
“This year is an uncommonly tough district,” Jones said.
The Bucks dominated the competition during the Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference finals on Saturday at Manistee, collecting 233 points to take first place honors for the second straight season. Manistee finished second with 167.5 points.
“It’s something the kids wanted to do from the beginning of the year,” Jones said. “It all worked out, and is a nice feather in their caps before the real postseason starts.”
The Bucks had a number of wrestlers finish in first or second place at the meet. First place finishers were: Elliott VanDreumel (103), Nixon (125), Langworthy (130), Kissinger (145), Cason Rawson (152) and Joe Miller (171). Second-place finishers for the Bucks were: Robert Ragatzki (112), Mitch Kelsey (135), Tom Miller (189) and Kyle Charles at the heavyweight class. Justin Seeman took third place for Pine River at 160 pounds.
Reed City’s wrestling squad placed seventh at the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) tournament on Saturday.
Three Coyote wrestlers were 3-2 for the day to take third place and honorable mention all-conference honors: Adam Kehr at 135, Matt McDonald at 285 and Paris Jones at 130. Matt McGahey went 3-2 at 103 but did not place.
It’s now the postseason for the Coyotes, who will wrestle at the Big Rapids team district on Thursday and will face Chippewa Hills in the first round.
“Earlier this year, they beat us pretty good,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We only won a few matches. We never go into a match trying to get close. We’ll go in there Thursday night with hopes of winning. We’ll have to step up our game. We have the individuals that can do that.”
On Saturday, Reed City will be at Chippewa Hills in the Division 3 individual districts.
The top four in each weight class will move on to the regionals.
“If we have a good day, we have five guys who can get out,” Steig said. “Our district is going to be tough. When we get to the regionals, the guys from our district have a good chance to make it to state. I think our district is the strongest of the two that will be at our regional.”
Reed City, in a dual Feb. 1, beat Mason County Central 55-23. The Coyotes lost to Manistee 44-34.
The Reed City wrestling team split its final dual meet Wednesday, beating Mason County Central 55-23 and losing to Manistee 44-34.
Double winners for the Coyotes were Matt McGahey at 103; Adam Kehr 135; Shyrock 152; Dakota Gogolowski 189 and Matt MacDonald 285. Single winners were Troy Giese 112; Mike Schneidt 130; Deven Micek 135; Paris Jones 145; and Aaron French 215.
Pioneer Network sports editors Martin Slagter and Matt Wenzel also contributed to this report.