Pine River wins wrestling district, will send 13 to individual regionals
LEROY — Pine River’s wrestling squad will be sending 13 grapplers to Saturday’s Division 4 regional at Rogers City.
The Bucks had that number finish in the top four of their respective weight classes and will advance to the regional Saturday at Rogers City.
Pine River had five individuals champs with Nate Park (103), Tony Moore (119), Jeff Gross (171), Tyler McCurry (189) and Dominic Garcia (215). Taking second place were Andrew Park (103), Jordan Stone (112), Tucker Fansler (125), Brady Long (140), Josh Jackson (215) and Chase Morrison (285).
Also placing and qualifying for the regionals were Phil Ragatzki (135) and Joe Rigling (152).
“It was a very good day,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “It’s the first time we’ve qualified 13 for regionals.”
Meanwhile, the Pine River wrestling team continued to have a stranglehold on its Division 4 district on Thursday.
The Bucks defeated Manton 54-15 in the semifinals and Lake City 78-6 in the finals to clinch their sixth straight district title at Pine River High School.
Jackson kicked off the finals with a pin at 215 pounds for Pine River, and after six straight voids, it led 42-0.
Ragatzki (135/140), Long (140), Andrew Alberts (145), Travis Carlson (152), Curtis Cilwa (160) and four-year varsity wrestler McCurry (185) all recorded pins in the finals.
McCurry, who is ranked No. 12 in the final Michigangrappler.com rankings, and Ragatzki both were 2-0, not including voids.
Morrison (285), Stone (119), Moore (125), Fansler (135) and Gross all won their matches against Manton.
“We just asked the boys to be ready where they’re supposed to be,” Jones said. “We bumped up some kids and that worked out for them, and they gave us everything we asked from them, so we’re pleased with how they came out and wrestled.”
Wednesday, the Bucks are home for team regionals. Pine River wrestles Traverse City St. Francis at 6 p.m. Mio AuSable faces Roger City in the other semifinals. The finals are at 7:15 p.m.
“Rogers City is a perennial wrestling power,” Jones said. “I don’t know much about St. Francis.”
Pioneer sportswriter Ryan Zuke contributed to this report.