Pine River falls in wrestling semifinals
LEROY — Pine River’s hopes for a state team wrestling title ended on Saturday at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo with a 42-24 loss to Hudson.
Pine River’s team season closed at 30-7. Hudson (20-5) went on to win the Division 4 state title.
Early in the match, Tim Rizor won by forfeit and Bryan McCurry took a 13-6 decision for a 12-9 Bucks lead prior to the 103-pound match.
Dylan Stephens (112) had a 12-0 major decision for a 13-12 Pine River lead. But Hudson won four straight matches to take control. Jacob Roberts (140), Andrew Park (152) and Brock Nelson (160) won their matches but it wasn’t enough.
It was a disappointing result for wrestlers like Tyler Signor who lost his match at 130.
But Signor, one of four Pine River wrestlers to win an individual regional title, was also hoping for success at the state meet. But he’ll be at individual state finals at Ford Field on Saturday and Sunday.
Signor, a senior, is in his fourth year of varsity wrestling and is having his best season. He entered the team meet at 32-8.
It was his first regional title and he’s having his best season.
“My neutral game has gotten a lot better,” he said. “I hold people down very well.”
It’s his second time at the state individual meet.
“I want to make it to the semis and hopefully win there, and if not, top three,” he said.