Pine River wrestler signs with Olivet
LEROY — He's been a three-sport athlete at Pine River, but Raden Holmes couldn't forsake his No. 1 love when it came to deciding on a college sports career.
Holmes on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Olivet College, a Division 3 school.
"The coach contacted me and just happened to be at a wrestling meet I was at over the summer," Holmes said. "We started talking at the end of the wrestling season. I was looking to go to college somewhere. I was nitpicking through each and every one. I found the opportunity to wrestle."
What especially attracted Holmes to Olivet is that "everything was close, and everybody know everyone,'" he said. "As soon as I went on campus, I felt like I was at home."
Holmes was 52-8 last season. He played a key role in Pine River's state semifinal finishes the past two seasons. He took third place in Division 4 at 189 in the individual state finals last season. He's looking to wrestle perhaps 184 pounds or a similar weight class at Olivet. He wrestled four seasons at Pine River, and expects to have a busy summer as he gets ready for the college level.
"I just want to keep working hard at the sport," he said. "I love wrestling."
Holmes was on a Pine River football team that went to the state semifinals. He's playing for a baseball team that's 24-4. He pitches and plays first base.
"I was doing all right, then I had a little bump," Holmes said.
He had a complete game 47 pitches against Mesick.
"I'm hitting the ball well," Holmes said. "At the beginning of the season I struggled really bad. You just have to throw your hands at the ball."
Wrestling, Holmes said, has become his favorite sport the last two years.
In the beginning, I didn't do well at all in wrestling," he said. "I decided to keep working at it. I'll have to earn a spot. That's how I view it in every other sport."