Pine River wrestlers keep an eye on summer schedule
LEROY — July will be a busy month for many local sports teams, including Pine River wrestling.
Veteran coach Tim Jones may be looking at a slightly different schedule this year.
Jones’ wrestlers were at a tournament up north earlier this summer.
“There were 24 teams up there,” Jones said. “My son (Luke) is in California and he typically does that Michigan State (summer camp) at Pine River. We may not do it this year. As far as the normal things we do, we may have to adjust.”
Luke Jones wrestled at Michigan State after ending his career at Pine River.
The Bucks wrestle Monday and Thursday every week this month, starting at 6 p.m.
“That’s in conjunction with the football weight-lifting, which starts at 7 p.m.,” Jones said. “We try to keep the kids there on the same night and that way they don’t have to give up a majority of their week to come in and do athletic things.”
The first night for wrestlers since coming back from camp was June 22.
Jones is an assistant football coach. Head football oach Terry Martin is also an assistant wrestling coach.
All athletes took off last week as a part of the mandated seven-day “dead period” from the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
But now it’s anything but a dead period for the Bucks.
“We have a Wednesday morning football workout and a Thursday evening wrestling and football (practice),” Jones said. “It’s four days a week, pretty much.”
Football practice for the Bucks will start on Aug. 10 with the season opener Aug. 28 at Kalkaska.