Pine River honors coach for 500 wins

LEROY — It was a special night on Dec. 16 for Pine River wrestling.

The Bucks won home meets against Reed City and Beaverton. They also honored coach Tim Jones for having reached the 500-win mark earlier in the season.

The Bucks defeated Beaverton 42-37. Winners for Pine River were Holly Baylor (103), Dillon Stephens (112), Jacob Roberts (119), Andrew Park (125), Nathan Park (130), Jason Rigling (160) and Josh Jackson (215).

Pine River then beat Reed City 49-22. Winning for the Bucks were Stephens, Baylor, Roberts, Nathan Park, Tucker Fansler (135), Nathan Park, Rigling, Jackson and Andrew Frisbie (heavyweight.).

“In front of a home crowd, you’re trying to do well,” Jones said. “We came out a little flat against Beaverton.”

Jones has coached 17 years at Pine River and six at South Haven.

“I was very surprised,” Jones said of his award for 500 wins while giving credit to the steady stream of successful wrestlers he’s had over the seasons.

The  Bucks made their yearly December weekend trip to the Marquette Invitational, which featured 23 teams. Pine River took 10th with 77 points.

Top wrestlers for the Bucks were Stephens (103) in sixth, Andrew Park (112) in third, Nathan Park (119) in fifth, Fansler (130) in fourth, and Jackson (215) in fourth.

“A few more matches here and there and we could have placed higher,” Jones said. “If you have a couple of good matches, you get a lot more points. If you don’t, you don’t.

“Andrew Park had an outstanding day at a tough weight. He looked good. He and Nathan Park both did a nice job.”

Pine River is at the St. Louis Invitational on Jan. 2 and home on Jan. 6 with Benzie Central and Frankfort.