Reed City grappler takes fourth place

Bryson Hughes is pictured here in action for Reed City during the regular season. He placed fourth at the state finals.

Bryson Hughes is pictured here in action for Reed City during the regular season. He placed fourth at the state finals.

Herald Review photo/John Raffel

DETROIT -- .Bryson Hughes, of Reed City, at 171 pounds in Division 3 was 4-2 and wound up in fourth. Both of his losses were to Randy Pyrzewski of Gladwin in the quarterfinal round and in the consolation finals for third place. He finsihed the season at 50-8.

Caitlyn Chiger was 1-2 at 140 pounds for Reed City in the girls division.

Evart 

Sam Bailey at 189 and Alex Burhans at heavyweight both qualified but did not place. Cole Hopkins won at 171 (see related story).

“We had a great weekend of wrestling at Ford Field,” Evart coach Ben  Bryant said. “Cole Hopkins' work ethic and dedication to his craft earned him his first state title. He was able to pin all of his opponents in the first period on his way to the championship match where he controlled the match and came away with a major victory by a score of 15-7.

“He is the first individual state champion in our program’s short history. He finished his season 54-0. It’s hard to put into words how proud we are of his dedication, character, perseverance, thoughtfulness, and high morals that he holds himself too. He has set an example for everyone behind him to strive for.”

Bailey, Bryant noted, “finished off his stellar wrestling career going 1-2 at 189 pounds and coming just one match shy of being All State. Sam came out hot and won his first match before dropping his second to the eventual state runner up. Sam is another high character dude for us and his presence on the mat, football field, and in the hallways/locker room will be missed. He has been a glue guy for us and I hope our younger guys have watched him closely. He capped off his wrestling career with a great season collecting 42 wins, while beating four state placers, and being a huge piece of our school’s first team district championship.

“Alex Burhans also won his first match before dropping his next two. Being a state qualifier and winning a match at Ford field is a huge accomplishment being that it is his first season wrestling. Being able to have the season he did with no prior experience is very promising for his wrestling future. Alex possesses great speed and balance for a heavyweight and the work he put in on the mat this season will make him a force on the football field this fall. Look for him to return to the finals next year, placing high on the podium.”

Pine River

In Division 4, Ryer Holmes was 3-2 at 140 and took fourth place. Cayden Mys took sixth place at 160.

Other wrestles did not place. Bryant Wing (103), Jordan Nelson (119) and Andrew Baldwin (215) were 0-2.

Wyatt Underhill (145), Phil Rigling (152), and Rogan Nelson (171) were 1-2.

“Phil Rigling and Rogan Nelson were 1 match from being All-state,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “Both fell just short in hard fought matches. Cayden Mys capped off a sting career as a two-time qualifier. Last year he was one match from placing and this weekend he placed sixth. Ryder Holmes (140)  had a great tournament. He fell to a four-time state finalist in the semifinals and battled through for a fourth-place finish.

“It was great to see four of our seniors be able to finish their careers in Ford Field (Underhill, Rigling, Mys, Nelson) as they will leave a big hole in our lineup and in our practice room for us to fill. It was also encouraging to see what the underclass man (Wing-9th, Holmes and Baldwin- 10th, J. Nelson 11th) were able to accomplish and we look for them to fill big roles in the future. It was great to see Northern Michigan so well represented at the state finals and even in the championship matches. It was a strong showing this year.”