Moore, VanDreumel giving Pine River wrestlers valuable points

LEROY — Pine River’s wrestling team has been blessed with plenty of talent in past seasons and this year is no exception with the likes of junior Tony Moore and senior Elliott VanDreumel on the team.

Moore is in his second varsity season. He was a state qualifier last season and registered more than 30 wins and also was second at the Marquette Tournament.

This season, “I feel that I’ve improved a lot on my feet,” he said. “I went down to Florida and wrestled at the Grand River Rumble.”

In his first six matches this season, Moore started at 5-1. It’s been a solid start so far.

He was at 103 last year and is focusing on 112 this season.

“It’s a little different from last year,” Moore said. “I’m hoping to go to state and possibly place.”

Moore’s strengths have been taking shots and working on top. He’s working to improve on his escapes from the bottom.

Pine River has gotten off to a 10-1 start as a team.

“The team is real strong,” Moore said. “We’re looking real good so far.”

In their bid for conference, districts and other titles, the Bucks hope to show how much depth they have.

VanDreumel started out undefeated in his first six matches. He started wrestling when he was six and is in his fourth year of high school. He has yet to make it out of districts, but is confident this will be his season.

“I’ve spent a lot of extra time and have help from my other senior wrestlers like Kyle (Nixon),” he said. “Cross (country) was pretty much my training for this year and I also worked out and did some summer wrestling with the boys.”

VanDreumel is at the 130-pound weight class, which is higher than where he’s been in the past.

“It’s a little stronger,” he said. “I can handle it.”

His top goal is to qualify for the state finals.

“110 percent every day,” is what VanDreumel said will be the key for reaching that goal. “I like to go from the swing single down to the mat and ride a hammerlock. I was weak on neutral and working with my feet on takedowns. That’s what I work on now mostly.”