Pine River first at Reed City Invitational

REED CITY — Pine River was in a familiar position at the Reed City Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.

The Bucks handily won the Reed City event for the second straight season with 272.5 points, finishing ahead of Lakeview (143) in second, Manton in third (142) and Wyoming Lee in fourth (105).

Also participating were Farwell (67), Manistee (58), Newaygo (56), Lake City (55.5), Kalkaska (55.0), Reed City (52), Central Montcalm (46), Grant (16) and Tri County (4).

“We’re close to home and don’t have very far to go,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “The kids are wrestling pretty good right now. Hopefully this will continue into our conference tournament and then into a big end of the season run. Everybody is healthy now, knock on wood.”

      Reed City’s Mason Bush (152) went 3-0 to take first place. He defeated Ryder Christensen, of Manton, in the finals 5-2.

“This was by far one of my best days this year,” Bush said. “The key was working hard and don’t give up.”

In his last match, “I had to keep it in there and not give up and just work hard,” he added.

He improved to 26-12.

      “I so far have exceeded (his expectations),” he said. “But I want to get higher. I want to make it out of regionals and qualify for state.”

      “Our lineup was a little beat in today,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “The tournament itself went great. Mason Bush had a great day coming from third seed and winning the tournament. That was probably the highlight of our day. We’re looking forward to moving on.”

      For Pine River, earning first places were Dylan Stephans (112), Jacob Roberts (125) at 2-0 and Andrew Park (130), Brock Nelson (135), Justin Cole (140), Joe Rigling (160), Raden Holmes (189) and Brian McCurry (215) at 3-0.

      Stephans, in the finals, had a 14-2 major decision over Ryan Simmons, of Reed City, who was 1-1 for second place

      Placing second for the Bucks were Tyler Signor (119) and Andrew Frisbie (285) at 1-1 and Tim Risor (171) at 2-1. Taking thirds for the Bucks were Holly Bailor (103) at 2-1 and Malaki Holmes (152) at 3-1.

      Reed City is home on Wednesday against Pine River and Big Rapids in a double dual. The Coyotes are at Big Rapids on Saturday for the Central State Activities Association Gold Division meet. Pine River will host the Northern Michigan Wrestling Conference meet on Saturday.