Pine River junior having success at 103 pounds

LEROY — Nate Park realizes this is as good a time of season as any to be wrestling at your very best.

The Bucks are coming off another Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference championship and district title season. Park previously had a chance to wrestle against Division 3 schools at the Reed City Invitational. He finished 2-1 for second place with the only loss against Dakota Greer, of Tri County.

“He was tough,” Park said.

A junior at 103, he was 20-6 as of late January.

He took first place at 103 pounds in district.

It’s his second year of varsity wrestling. As a freshman, he said “it was good year” but he was eliminated in the regional.

“I’m better,” he said, noting that he has especially improved “on my feet and stopping cradles.”

Park said a highlight was taking first place at the Mio AuSable tournament. He hesitated to evaluate how strong of a season he’s having.

“I think I’ll figure that out when state comes around,” he said, adding that at the state meet, “I want to place.”

Park has been successful with takedowns and not getting pinned.

The Bucks have team regionals Wednesday at home and individual regionals at Rogers City on Saturday.

“We’re doing good,” Park said. “I think we’re going to state.”

If the Bucks win the regional, they will be at the state finals Feb. 27-28 at Battle Creek.