LEROY — Area wrestlers were at the state individual final Friday and Saturday at Ford Field, hoping to place in the top eight and take home a medal.

Pine River sent several wrestlers to the state tourney including four regional champions apiece.

Among the regional champions was sophomore Caleb Nolf. He wrestled last season as a freshman and his record was 14-11. He entered this year’ state finals at 30-13 at 103 pounds. At the state meet, he took eighth

Nolf indicated shooting has been a strength.

“Offense is my key, on top,” he said prior to the state meet. “I want to be in the top eight for state.”

Nolf’s team went to the state team semifinals last week.

“I usually try to pin my opponent as soon as I can,” he said. “I’ve had quite a bit. I usually avoid getting stuck on the bottom.”

Nolf didn’t start wrestling until his high school years.

“Coach (Tim Jones) convinced me to wrestle,” he said;

The Bucks are in the first year of a new wrestling room situated to the northeast of the cafeteria where they formerly wrestled.

“It’s a lot better to me,” Nolf said.