Former Pine River wrestler excelling at MSU

LEROY — Luke Jones was in a familiar spot on Friday.

Jones, a 2010 Pine River graduate and former Bucks wrestler, was with several other Michigan State grapplers, working with PR athletes during a weekend mat camp.

At Pine River, Jones, whose dad Tim Jones is the Bucks wrestling coach, was a four-time state qualifier, a two time all-stater and was state champion his senior year at 171 pounds. He was third as a junior.

Last season for the Spartans, Jones wrestled at 174 and had an 18-9 overall record. He was 5-0 at the Eastern Michigan Open and netted six wins at the Cleveland State Open to take fourth. His five pins were second most for Michigan State.

“It’s been going real good,” Jones said. “I redshirted my freshman year there. Last year, I was injured part of the season and started in a couple of duals. Next year, I plan on being a starter.”

Jones said he and his dad came up with the idea of the weekend camp with his MSU teammates at Pine River. Now that he’s at the collegiate level, Jones is finding wrestling to be virtually a 12-month occupation.

“I’m doing this all summer,” he said. “I’m helping with high school camps all over the state. We do quite a few. It helps us stay in shape.”

From high school to college, “everything is faster and higher paced,” Jones said.