Pine River caps off solid wrestling season

Bucks senior now focusing on track

Phil Rigling



Pioneer photo/John Raffel

LEROY – It was a remarkable season for Phil Rigling and his Pine River wrestling teammates.

The Bucks won the district and regional titles this season before losing in the state meet.

Rigling, a senior, wrestled at 152 pounds with a 46-12 record and was a two-time state qualifier. He was only one match away from being a state qualifier.

“I feel it’s been a pretty good year,” he said.

Last season, Rigling went to state but didn’t place. He was hopeful of dong it this year but just fell short.

“I’ve been really good scoring points in the third period from my conditioning,” he said. “I’m been working on my neutral and getting takedowns.”

Rigling said going to the team state finals was the biggest thrill for the Bucks.

“I think we expected to go this year,” he said. “We had a lot of injuries but we all came together in the last week.”

Rigling also performs in cross country and track and field for the Bucks. He said cross country has been his favorite sport. He had a season record at the Cadillac Invitational of 18 minutes, 4.1 seconds.

He will returning for his senior track and field season this spring with practices stating on Monday, March 14. Last year, he had a season record of 2:17:87 in the 800 and a personal record of 5:02.0 in the 1,600 meters. He has also been anchor in past seasons of the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.