Davenport wrestlers work with Pine River athletes

LEROY — Four Davenport wrestlers, including two Pine River graduates, were at the recent Bucks camp to work with high school grapplers with a two-day camp.

Kyle Nixon and Jordan Stone were the former Bucks helping out Pine River coach Tim Jones with participating wrestlers.

Nixon will be a redshirt sophomore at Davenport. He was in the starting lineup last season. He was at Southwest Minnesota State University for 2014-15 and redshirted to transfer to Davenport. He was a four-time varsity letter winner at Pine River, a three-time all-stater and was fourth at 145 pounds as a senior. He was also all-conference and academic all-state in football.

He was in the starting lineup lat season.

“It went good most of the year, then kind of ended on a bad note,” Nixon said. “I ended up dropping a weight class and I was cutting too much weight.”

He’s planning on being at 184 pounds this year.

“Last year was actually (Davenport’s) first year as a varsity program,” he said. “We were NAIA and are transitioning into NCAA Division II. It’s very competitive. We have a lot of young guys, for sure. We push each other and are getting a lot better.”

Nixon is hoping to be an All-American next season.

“I need to keep my conditioning up and work on the little things,” he said. “In high school, my conditioning level was higher than everyone else’s. Now with everyone being so good, it’s not as much of a factor. Of course, I have to be in top shape, but I have to make as few mistakes as possible to win the closer matches.”

Stone was a three-time varsity letterwinner at Pine River and two-time all-stater. He was seventh in the state in 2015 and also won two letters in cross country.

He will be a sophomore at Davenport. His first season, “wasn’t the best,” Stone said. “I injury defaulted the rest of the season. I focused mainly on keeping my conditioning up and trying to keep in shape.”

He’s looking at being at 125 pounds this winter.

“It’s a nice program, everyone is friendly,” Stone said. “It’s not what I expected college to be. But it’s very competitive.”

At the Pine River camp, “I wanted to show the young people in the high school what we do,” Stone said.

Next season at Davenport, Stone wants to finish the season, and accomplish a few other things

“Everyone wants to be an All-American,” he said.

Connor Hughes will be a senior at Davenport and is from Portage Northern.

“I’ve been working a lot with the guys on top work, stuff like that,” he said.

Another Davenport wrestler at the Pine River camp was junior Elijah Flores from Hart.

“I’ve been helping the kids from a neutral position, and critiquing their form,” he said.