Pine River wrestlers have success

LEROY — Pine River had several state qualifiers that didn’t place in the Division 4 wrestling finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills earlier this month, but still had successful seasons.

Tony Moore (45-9) at 119 was 1-2. He won his second match with a pin in 33 seconds over Jackson Thompson, of Bad Axe.

“He’s a three-time state qualifier,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said of his senior. “He had a tough draw to get down there. His first match was against one of the topranked kids in the state. Unfortunately for Tony, It didn’t quite work out.”

Tucker Fansler (37-17), a sophomore, at 125 was 0-2.

“It was his first year in our varsity lineup,” Jones said. “He really started to come on at the end of the season. He had a tough draw at the beginning of the tournament. He got down there and got to see what he needs to improve on for next year.”

Senior Phil Ragatzki (27-19) at 135 was 0-2. “He’s come a long way from the beginning of his career,” Jones said. “To have him down there at the state finals couldn’t have pleased us more. He’s going to be missed as our 135- pounder.”

Junior Dominic Garcia (27-6) at 215 was 1-2. He won by fall over Ernie Diaz of St Louis in 4:41 and then lost his next two. “He had a really tough match his last match,” Jones said. “He came on as the year came down at the end. He had one bad match at the Palace. Thats all it takes. I think he’ll come back real strong next year.”

Junior Josh Jackson (40-10) at 215 opened with a pin over Dominic Johnson in 4:00. He lost his next two matches. “He’s one of our more improved wrestlers from throughout the season,” Jones said. “He was JV all of last year but came in and filled a huge part of our lineup at 215.”

Junior Nate Park (40-9) at 103 was 1-2. He won his second match with a 10-1 major decision over Frankie Majera of Adrian-Madison. “He had a difficult road to make it to the placing round,” Jones said. “He’ll be back for us last year.”