Pine River wins another wrestling district title
LEROY — It’s another Division 4 district championship season for the Pine River Bucks wrestling team.
Pine River earned its seventh straight district crown by beating Manton 48-27 in the title match on Wednesday.
When Tucker Fansler (135 pounds) was declared the winner by forfeit, Pine River had a 45-9 lead with only four classes remaining, to clinch the team title.
The Bucks (21-4) will host the regional Wednesday and faces Farwell at 6 p.m. in a semifinal match. Pine River is the defending regional champ and advanced to the state finals last season.
In the district semifinals on Wednesday, Manton crushed Lake City 56-3 while Pine River won by forfeit against Evart.
“They wrestled very good,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “We didn’t have that first-round match with Evart. Manton was looking to make it as close as they possibly could. Sometimes you lose to some team if you beat someone once or twice during the season when tournament arises.”
Pine River fired out to a 27-0 lead. Raden Holmes (171) pinned Anthony Cargill in 1:23, Josh Jackson (189) notched a pin in 1:09 over Jake Ranfer, Brian McCurry (215) and Dylan Stephens (103) won by forfeit and Andrew Frisbie (285) decisioned Spencer Park 9-7.
“It was important for me to get off to a good start so we could get our energy flowing and get everybody pumped,” Holmes said. “It was important to get out there and give it our all. I wrestled fairly well.”
Tyler Signor (112) lost 7-1 at 112 to Ryan Froendyke. But Andrew Park (119) pinned Isaac Smith in 37 seconds and Nathan Park (125) won by forfeit for a 39-3 lead. Henry Keathly (130) was pinned in 4:49 by Hunter Rostead.
After Fansler’s win, Manton won the next three matches. Pine River’s Joe Rigling (160) ended the night with an 8-3 decision over Ryder Christensen.
A regional title would send the Bucks to the state finals on Feb 26-27 at Central Michigan University.
“We would like to win it again, but our biggest question mark would be if we can beat Mio or Farwell,” Jones said. “The winner of that is probably our biggest competition.”
“We need to stay together, be focused as a team and put our effort where it needs to go,” Holmes said.
Big Rapids 38, Reed City 36
REMUS — Reed City’s wrestling team’s season ended with a two-point loss to Big Rapids last Wednesday at Chippewa Hills in a team district semifinal match.
Winners for Reed City were Kyle Lawrence (103), Ryan Simmons (119), Alex Brummel (135), Taylor Cutler (140) and Dylan Chrispell (189).