Pine River wrestler hits 150-win mark

LEROY — Pine River senior wrestler Kyle Nixon picked up a coveted Christmas gift last Wednesday in his team’s double dual matches with Kingsley and Manistee.

Nixon took his 150th and 151st career victories.

Nixon became the ninth wrestler in Pine River history to hit the 150-win mark.

“He’s driven and he works hard, that’s the biggest thing,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “He doesn’t need a lot of motivation. He’s really driven to succeed in wrestling.”

Nixon’s first match was against Kingsley. He got a pin in 40 seconds. He took his Manistee opponent by pin at the same time.

He’s 151-22 with those wins that put him at 13-0 prior to Saturday’s meet at Marquette.

“The biggest thing is I’ll go down in history with my name up there. Hopefully,I left a good mark on the school,” Nixon said.

It’s his fourth varsity season.

“My freshman year, I knew by the end of that year it was possible. At the end of that year, I had 38 wins,” Nixon said. “In seventh grade, when I actually started wrestling, if someone would have told me I’d be on the 150-win board, there’s no way I would have believed them.”

He had 53 wins last year and he’s looking to top that total this season.

“I think I’m a lot better on my feet this year,” he said, “in getting takedowns and that stuff. I’m more confident on my feet.”

He’s been at 140 and 145, but he wrestled at 152 for his first match against Kingsley and then went to 145. For the state meets, he’ll probably be at 140, his same weight as last season.

“At the moment, I feel the most comfortable there,” he said, adding that his focus for the rest of the season is to “never give up in any position, to wrestle the whole time and not relax.”

Nixon was fourth in the state finals last year and wants to be at the top this season. He’s looking to face some formidable competition in upcoming matches.

“Tougher matches will make me better,” he said.