Fansler enjoys wrestling success for Bucks

LEROY — Tucker Fansler had an impressive season at 130 pounds for the Pine River Bucks.

Fansler qualified for the state finals last weekend after placing second recently at the individual regionals.

This is his junior season and a major highlight was taking first place at the Reed City Invitational in late January.

“I haven’t wrestled as good as what I can,” Fansler said. “It will take a lot of practice.”

He’s had various other highlights during the season during other team tournaments.

Fansler has wrestled varsity for three years, and said it’s been his best season so far. He anticipates that 2016-17, when he’s a senior, will be his best season.

“I’m good at bottom and on shots,” he said, adding he wants to work on “my top pressure.”

Fansler made it to the state finals last season, but didn’t place. He wanted to place in the state finals this time. That didn’t happen but he still has his senior season remaining.

“It will take a lot of hard work,” he said.

The Bucks were at the team state finals at Central Michigan University and Fansler got a win, which helped his team to a 35-34 quarterfinal victory over No. 2 seed Decatur.

“I’d say we’re just as good as last year,” Fansler said. “I think we have a chance to do what we did last year.”

The Bucks were regional champs and advanced to the state quarterfinals last season. This year, they went one step further.