Pine River sending 13 wrestlers to individual finals
ROGERS CITY — The Pine River Bucks sent 13 wrestlers to the Division 4 regionals on Saturday and all 13 qualified for the state meet, the highest in school history. Holly Bailor also became the first Pine River girl wrestler to qualify for the state tournament. She was second at 103.
Also for the Bucks, Jaycob Roberts (125), Andrew Park (130), Justin Cole (140), Tucker Fansler (145), Raden Holmes (189) and Brian McCurry (215) took first place; Bailor, Dylan Stephans (112), Joe Rigling (160) and Tim Rizor (171) took second, Tylor Signor (119) and Brock Nelson (135) took third and Malachi Holmes (152) took fourth.
"Some of the kids wrestled well in early rounds," Pine River coach Tim Jones said. "That sets you up for the last two rounds."
Along with Bailor, Signor, Cole, Nelson and Malachi Holmes qualified for the state finals their first time.
The Bucks are seeded second at the Division 3 team state tournament. The Bucks (30-4) will face Clinton (28-7) in the quarterfinals at noon on Friday at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena.
The semifinals are 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
Hudson is the No. 1 seed. It's the school that beat the Bucks in last year's semifinal round and then lost to New Lothrop in the finals.
Pine River was seeded seventh last year. But the higher seeding doesn't make it easier, Jones said, for his team to advance. The same 13 wrestlers who have qualified for the individual state meet are likely to be in the Bucks lineup for the team event.