Pine River freshman enjoying successful season

LEROY — Bryan McCurry is enjoying a strong freshman season for Pine River’s wrestling team.

His brother was Tyler McCurry, another talented Bucks athlete, who graduated last season. Bryan is at 215 pounds and has a 20-8 record.

“I’m losing close matches that I should be winning,” he said. “It’s one or two-point matches. I beat a ranked kid from Gladstone at Marquette. I beat a ranked junior. I won that match by a point. (The key) was keeping my head in it. I lost in the blood round in overtime up there.”

McCurry is in his fifth year of wrestling. He also wrestled in the junior high.

His brother “wrestled the weight class under me,” McCurry said. “I’d say we’re pretty similar. I’d say I’m a little more aggressive than he is. His record shows he is better than I am right now.”

Pine River is home on Wednesday and is at conference action on Saturday.

Neutral position is a strength for McCurry.

“I’ve got to work on my bottom,” McCurry said. “I’m hoping to go to state. That’s what I’m working for. We have eight guys projected to go to state.”

The Bucks “are wrestling pretty good,” McCurry said. “We had a really close win against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. They’re an upper division school. We lost a solid dual to Clinton, but they’re No. 5 in our division.”