Pine River freshman girl shining in wrestling action

LEROY — Molly Holmes is playing junior varsity girls basketball for Pine River this winter, but that’s not the only sport drawing her attention.

Holmes also is involved in girls wrestling and went to Denver to wrestle on Dec. 11 in the War of the Roses National Series.

“We went and wrestled in a tournament and I took first there,” she said. (Coach) Brent Harvey (of Auburn Hills) has been asking me to go out and wrestle in various states. He’s a fantastic coach.”

Holmes has been wrestling in classes from 115 pounds to 125 pounds. In the nationals, she was at 119 for first place.

It’s her sixth year of wrestling. The Michigan High School Girl’s Wrestling Rankings were released the other day and Holmes is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, her mother Tanya said. 

“I haven’t wrestled for the high school team, but I wrestled two middle school seasons and I went undefeated in both of those,” she said. “I’m playing girls basketball so I’m able to wrestle outside girls national meets.”

The Denver trip was the first time she has been that far, Holmes said. She wrestled in seven matches and won six by pin, all in the first period, and one by forfeit.

“It’s all about technique,” she said. “I plan on going to New York to Gotham City and to Oklahoma this March. Those are my big tournaments.”

Holmes also was planning on going to a tournament at Sturgis.

“Our coach puts together a series of wrestling meets that you go to,” she said.

Holmes also plays volleyball and softball and runs track.