Pine River 189-pounder places at state final

LEROY — Josh Jackson has liked just about everything with his wrestling season so far this year, and for many good reasons.

Jackson helped the Bucks win the team district and regional last month while recording his 100th career win. He won the individual district and regional titles.

He’s a senior at 189 pounds and took first at the Reed City Invitational. He’s wrestled nine years overall. Last season, he lost in the second round of the districts, but had his best season so far. After his first 35 matches this season, he was 30-5.

“I dropped a whole weight class,” Jackson said. “I’ve wrestled guys who were more my size.”

A memorable match for Jackson came at Mio when he defeated Beaverton’s 189-pound opponent.

“That was probably my best match,” he said. “I’m really good on top, I can keep them down. I have real good top pressure. I’ve gotten better at shooting swing singles.”

Jackson wants to work on his takedowns. He helped the Bucks advance to the semifinal round of the Division 4 state finals at Central Michigan University and at the team state finals March 3-5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Jackson (189) took fifth place at the state meet. He won his last match, 5-3, over TJ Moore, of Cass City.