Pine River sophomore continues to have strong season


LEROY  — Nate Park has had quite the season at 103 pounds as a sophomore wrestler for Pine River.

It’s his first year of varsity wrestling. He was a JV wrestler last season.

The transition to varsity “has been pretty smooth,” he said, adding that hard work was the key. “You have to be smart.”

Recently, Park finished first in the Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference tournament. He has qualified for individual regionals this Saturday at Rogers City.

Park was 29-8 going into action last week. He’s been happy with his performances so far.

“I grew a lot over the summer,” he said. “I’ve been wrestling smart. There’s a couple of things I need to work on, like staying off my knees and being smarter on my feet.”

One of his favorite matches is a come-from-behind story at the Tri County Invitational.

“I was losing and I managed in the last period to flip him,” Park said.

Escapes have been among his best moves. “I’m working on getting better on takedowns,’” he said.

Park hopes to make it to the state finals. But he’ll need to finish in the top four at regionals this week. The Bucks as a team take a 25-2 record to the team regionals at home Wednesday.

“I think we’re going to do real well this year,” he said. “We’re pretty strong.”

Park also plays football, and says the two sports complement each other in his case.