Pine River wrestler eager to start the season


LEROY —  Molly Holmes has gotten off a a good start in wrestling.

The Pine River sophomore won a state girls wrestling title in early November at Battle Creek at 132 pounds. She was 3-0 with all pins with the quickest being in 41 seconds.

Earlier this year, Holmes went to Las Vegas to compete in a national tournament.

“I didn’t do as good as I wanted,” she said. “I was one match away from placing.”

Holmes played basketball last season but is on the boys wrestling team and hoping for a spot at 112. Practices started earlier this month

Last season, Holmes was involved in girls wrestling and went to Denver to wrestle earlier this winter in the War of the Roses National Series.

“We went and wrestled in a tournament and I took first there,” she said last winter. “(Coach) Brent Harvey (of Auburn Hills) has been asking me to go out and wrestle in various states. He’s a fantastic coach.”

Holmes had been wrestling in classes from 115 pounds to 125 pounds. In the national meet, she was at 119 for first place.

“I haven’t wrestled for the high school team, but I wrestled two middle school seasons and I went undefeated in both of those,” Holmes said. She was playing basketball and is focusing on wrestling.

The Denver trip was the first time she has been that far, Holmes said. She wrestled in seven matches and won six by pin, all in the first period, and one by forfeit.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association does not sponsor girls wrestling. There’s a small number of girls, who do wrestle on boys teams locally and across the state.