Four Pine River wrestlers place at state finals
LEROY — Kyle Nixon went to the state finals last weekend determined to improve on the seventh-place finish he achieved in the 2012 wrestling tourney.
Nixon led the Pine River contingent with a fourth-place finish at The Palace of Auburn Hills. He went 3-2 at 140 pounds to finish the season at 53-4. Nixon defeated Nick Klemm of Adrian Madison 8-6 and pinned David McNally of Bangor in 4:54. He lost 4-3 to Chad Decker of Grass Lake for a shot at the finals. He came back and pinned Mark Workman of Hesperia in 1:21 but lost his final match, 7-3 to Chanc Ravish of Niles-Brandywine.
Nixon said his loss to Decker in the semifinals “was very disappointing. That kid wound up losing by a point in the finals. Potentially, I could have maybe won it if I would have had a better day.”
A highlight for Nixon was winning by pin in the quarterfinals over McNeally.
But he has a year of high school wrestling left, which excites Nixon.
“I want to improve on all aspects of my wrestling so I can prepare myself for any situation I might encounter down there,” he said.
Also for Pine River, Larry Kissinger placed sixth at 145 pounds and finishes at 52-7. He lost his first match, then came back to win on a pin in 1:53 over Andy Waterman of Constantine, and took decisions of 12-7 over Brandon Losinski of Bronson and 4-1 over Matt Lopez of Bloomingdale.
Kissinger lost his next two matches to finish his tournament.
Cason Rawson took seventh place at 152 pounds and finished his season at 12-7. He lost his first match but then came back with wins over Mauricio Diaz-Reyes of Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port 12-5 and Chance Wegner of Burton Bentley with a pin in 0:58.
He lost 5-0 to Sawyer Smith of Montague and defeated Daren Decker of Carson City Crystal 5-2
Also placing was Adam Langworthy, eighth at 171 pounds, to end his season at 45-13.
Langworthy lost his first match but then defeated Dakota Keenoy of Addison 8-2 and Jacob Rehn of Norway on a pin in 1:22. He lost his next two matches.
Having four medalists “was by itself a big thing,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “Kyle Nixon wrestled some really tough matches and was just a couple of points away from being in the finals. Larry Kissinger lost 2-1 to the eventual champion (Josh Wendling of New Lothrop in the first round).
Cason Rawson came up real big in a couple of matches against boys that were ranked. Adam Langworthy was only wrestling for his second year in high school.”
Langworthy and Nixon are both returning next season.
Three Pine River wrestlers attended the meet but failed to place.
Tony Moore at 103 and Justin Seeman at 160 were both 0-2 and finished their seasons at 35-14 and 24-14. Maverick Martin at 152 pinned K.J. Herreman of Kent City in 5:00 in his first match but lost his next two and ended the season at 46-9.
“It was a good season and a good way to wrap it up,” Jones said.