Beebe focuses on strong season for Pine River wrestlers

LEROY — Dustin Beebe has had quite a season for the Pine River’s wresting team as has his other teammates.

The junior wrestler has had a strong season at 119 in his first year of varsity action.

Highlights include fourth place at the Reed City Invitational. He’s had a winning record throughout the season.

“I’m better now than (at the start),” Beebe said, adding that he’s learned a lot as a wrestler, “especially small details on stuff.”

Beebe considers top work to be among his strengths.

“It depends, some people are harder to take down than others,” he said, adding that he’s improved “on bottom and on shooting.”

He’s seen action at 119, but for Pine River, it’s extremely competitive. Beebe and others have had to compete for starting spots.

“I had a goal of not getting pinned, but I got pinned once so I hope not to get pinned again,” Beebe said, prior to the conference tournament. “I need to move on bottom more.”

The Bucks wrestle at the state finals in Battle Creek this weekend.

“We’re getting better and better and are pretty strong at lightweights and heavyweights,” Beebe said. “The middles are getting better.”