LEROY —Travis McCurry is enjoying a strong wrestling season for the Pine River Bucks.

McCurry, a junior is at 189, and in his fifth year of wrestling and third season of varsity action. He feels more comfortable at 189.

“I’m wrestling people my weight, not heavier than me,” he said.

After the Pine River Invitational earlier this month, McCurry was at 11-3 record-wise.

“I still have a lot to learn and a lot to go,” he said. “I’m getting better every time. Every loss is a motivation to get better.”

McCurry was 5-0 at the home Pine River Invitational. He had a tough match in the opener against Forest Area.

“It was a really close match and I got behind in the final seconds,” he said. “I was able to throw in legs and work down the clock a little bit and ended up winning by a point.”

McCurry indicated the strongest part of his wrestling has been his work from the bottom.

“I work better from the mat than I do standing up,” he said. “I’m able to see how they move and be able to react against it. I’m working on a shot right now and being able to change levels and see shots as they show up, not thinking about them and then missing the opportunities.”

From last season, “I worked a lot over the summer, every time we had a workout for football since it’s the same coaches we have for football as it is for wrestling,” McCurry said. “I’d come in an hour before football would start, wrestling with the coaches and my other teammates, bettering ourselves and getting ready for the season and having some fun.”

Before this season ends, McCurry wants to become a state placer.

“The only time I went to districts was last year at 215 and I got knocked out by two Hesperia kids,” he said. “I hope to see them again and have a rematch.”

The key to reaching his goals, McCurry said, will be “putting in extra time, going to morning workouts and developing my shots, and being able to get a takedown when I need to because I feel I’m confident enough to be able to wrestle them on the mat.”

The Bucks started out the season winning 17 of their first 18 matches.

“The team is looking really good,” McCurry said. “We had our first tournament Dec. 7 and looked really good. We have some new guys that stepped it up and showed us what we’re made of.

“I believe we can make it to team state this year. I believe we have everything it takes to make it out of team regionals and team districts.”