LEROY — Davenport University is building its wrestling program and is using Pine River athletes to help get things going.

Jordan Stone, a senior all-state Pine River wrestler, signed a letter of intent Friday to join Davenport’s wrestling program starting with the 2015-16 season.

Stone finished his senior season taking seventh in the state in Division 4.

“I saw great academic potential there, and a chance to wrestle too,” he said. “I just knew this is the place where I want to be.”

Stone also considered Adrian College, an NCAA Division III school, as his other choice.

Davenport “is a new program,” Stone said. “They’re NAIA. It will be interesting to see what they have to offer.”

He’s planning on focusing at the 125-pound weight class.

“I plan on staying in shape, that’s the biggest thing, and be ready,” Stone said. “It kind of came up. I never thought I’d be a college wrestler. I figured this is what I wanted to do. It occurred to me my sophomore year this is the route that I wanted to go.”

Stone contacted Davenport and said he’s getting some athletic aid. His major will be digital forensics.

Davenport’s coach, Jamie Boyd, was present at Stone’s signing in the Pine River media center.

“Pine River has a lot of good caliber kids that have come out,” Boyd said. “Prior to signing him today, we signed Kyle Nixon, who graduated last year and is transferring here from Southwest Minnesota State. We have him coming as well. That’s two Pine River kids.”

Nixon is also a former Pine River all-state wrestler.

Davenport is heading into its second season of wrestling.

“We have some high caliber kids on our team now,” Boyd said.

Stone wrestled at 112 pounds in early March at the Division 4 state individual state finals in the Palace of Auburn Hills. In the match for seventh place, he pinned Rogelio Segundo White Pigeon in 2:58.