Pine River freshman 103-pound wrestler having strong season


LEROY — Pine River freshman Andrew Park placed second at 103 pounds in the Division 4 individual district and regional and has qualified for the state finals March 5-7 at Auburn Hills.

Park perhaps didn’t mind taking second considering he lost in the finals both times to his older brother, Nathan.

Andrew is a freshman this season and has been at 103 and 112. He’s close to 30 wins and only has five losses.

“It’s been a pretty good season,” Park said. “I had some good wins and a couple of matches I shouldn’t have lost. Other than that, I’ve have a pretty good season.”

Victories individually against Tri County and Manton was among the satisfying wins for Park.

“I feel that I push myself and I feel I’ve done better than I thought I have this year,” Park said. “I’m doing pretty good at standups and a lot of good (on top) and riding, and am good at executing my moves when I have to.

“I’ve been executing on my double legs. I’ve improved on that a lot.”

Park considers himself somewhat different in wresting style than his brother.

“My brother is better at technique and I’m more with strength,” Andrew said. “We wrestle each other sometimes.”

At the district finals, the two Parks wrestled each other in an actual match for the first time.

“I want to make it to state and hope to place in top eight and be a four-time state placer,” Andrew said, adding the key would be “‘going to morning practices and working hard when I’m here.”

The Bucks are at the state finals Friday.

“As a team, I think we can make it to Battle Creek,” Park said prior to the regional. “I think we’re strong and it will take a lot for another team to beat us.”