Bucks send seven to state mat finals

LEROY — Pine River has seven wrestlers going to the Division 4 state finals Thursday through Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills with hopes of bringing home as high of a medal finish as possible.

The top eight in each weight class will get a medal.

Bucks who will be attending include Tony Moore (35-12) at 103, Kyle Nixon (50-2) at 140, Larry Kissinger (145) at 49-4, Cason Rawson (9-5) and Maverick Martin (45-7) at 152, Justin Seeman (24-12) at 160 and Adam Langworthy (43-10) at 171.

Moore a sophomore was fourth at regionals, and is going to state the first time.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” he said. “I want to go hard, make all of my moves perfect. I’ll try to stay calm.”

Moore hopes to come back with a medal as do his other teammates.

Nixon, a senior, said he’ s “happy with his record  as long as I end my season with two losses. That’s the plan.”

Nixon took seventh in his first trip to the state finals last winter. The previous experience should help, he indicated. To win the state title, he’ll have to go 4-0.

“I want to wrestle tough and wrestle smart,” Nixon said. “In the quarters. I should see the fifth-ranked guy which will be a decent match. I should win that one. In the semis, I I‘ll see the fourth guy and should win that one.”

Nixon is ranked third in his division.

“I’ve been working good on my feet and on top pretty good,” he said.  “I want to be smart on bottom and get hand control.

Martin, a senior, has finished second at districts and regionals. He’s lost to the same opponent at both tourneys. “I’ll have to be more aggressive on my feet and take him down first,” Martin said.

It’s his first time at state finals.

“Hopefully I can get the butterflies out and wrestle my first match,” he said, adding that having six other teammates coming “is pretty cool. It’s like having a team atmosphere, having everyone there to root for you.”

Seeman, a senior, was fourth at regionals and is making his state debut.

“I feel good,” he said, adding that at regionals, “I knew I was going to make it.”

This is fourth high school season and has been his best.

“It’s my last year and I figured I might as well go all the way,” Seeman said. “My second to last match at regionals, I thought a kid would beat me and I won 9-6. it was rough.”

Seeman hopes to place in the top 10 at the state meet.

The first match “is my top priority right now,” he said.

Kissinger went to state finals as a sophomore and didn’t place

“I want to wrestle hard. I’ve been practicing for it all year, and I want to be a state p lacer,” he said. “I think my nerves will be settled down this time and I can focus  on wrestling.

“I’ll have a few tough matches,” Kissinger said.

Langworthy, a junior, is only  in his second year of high school wrestling and is elated to be a state qualifier. He was third at regionals.

“I’ve improved since last year quite a bit,” Langworthy said. “Last year, I didn’t make it out of districts.”

Langworthy took first at the conference and Reed City meets.

Abel Langworthy his brother and former PR wrestler, was a state grappler and drew his brother’s interest into the sport. Adam  was plagued by a knee injury as a freshman.

“I hope to do well and see how far I get,” he said of the state finals.

Rawson, whose season was slowed down by a foot injury went to the state finals last year but did not place. He said the state meet experience will help him on what to expect. He hopes to go after a top 4 spot.

“My neutral has been pretty solid so far,” he said.