Bucks sending three to wrestling state finals

LEROY – It’s off to the state wrestling finals this week for three Pine River grapplers hoping to get in the top eight and bring home Division 4 state medals from the meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Action begins Thursday and continues through Saturday.

Abel Langworthy is a senior at 130 pounds who will take a 42-3 record to the state finals.

“That’s the best record I’ve had in my high school career with wrestling,” he said. “I’ve been working very hard and not giving up in my matches.”

Langworthy has been to the state finals before twice but hasn’t been able to get into the top 8 although he came close last winter.

“I’m a senior and I want to go for the gold,” he said. “I need to wrestle smart and wrestle good technique.”

Junior Cason Rawson will be at 152 pounds for the Bucks. It’s his third year of wrestling at high school. He’s 36-13.

“I’ve been working hard,” he said. “The guys push me. I work hard.”

Going to state was a goal for Rawson and he’s hoping to get into the top eight.

“I need to work hard every day in practice,” he said. “I need the guys to push me and my friends near to support me. I’m pretty good at takedowns. I can take a lot of people down. I’m good on top. I can hold people down.”

Rawson said he improved on his bottom work at the regionals.

Kyle Nixon, a sophomore, has been at 125 and is a second-year high school wrestler. He’ll take a 44-4 record to the state finals. He said he’s improved from last year.

“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at,” he said. “I’d like to get better and hopefully win a state championship. I think if I come to wrestle....”

He might be nervous at first, but Nixon said he hopes to calm down after his first match.

“I’ve been working hard and trying to do the best I can,” he said.