Pine River wrestlers win Reed City Invitational

REED CITY — It was cold outside on Saturday. But inside at the Reed City Invitational, the Pine River Bucks were on fire virtually all day.

Pine River, which had four first-place finishers, took first overall as a team at 241. Reed City, with three-second place finishers was third at 147 behind Tri County with 151.

The invitational with an individual scoring format, had 11 teams including a Reed City B team that was 11th with one sixth-place finish.

For Pine River, first-place finishers were Robert Ragatzki (119), Elliot VanDreumel (125), Justin Cole (135) and Kyle Nixon (145). Second-place finishers were Nate Park (103), Tony Moore (112), Darwin Dean (130), Adam Langworthy (171), Tyler McCurry (189) and Chase Morrison (285).

“It was nice to get everyone out of the snow over here and make sure all our team was here to wrestle,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “We got everybody here, everybody got a medal.”

Jones noted that Kyle Nixon, who passed the 150-career mark earlier this season, had another strong day. He defeated Adam Kehr 7-2 in the finals.

“That was a highly touted match,” Jones said.

Reed City netted second-place finishes from Matt McGahey (119), Adam Kehr (145) and Evan Skiver (215).

Also for the Coyotes, Andre Burks (189) was third, Thayne Stieg (130), Jon Green (171) and Alex Bush (285) were fourth. Shenouda Angious (103), Abanoub Angious (125) , Drake Walker (140), Troy Giese (152) and Devin Ward (160) were fifth.

“Competition was tough today,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “Last week, we finished quite a ways behind Tri County in the Lakeview tournament. Today we led them until the last match of the day. We fell into third place. Our team the last few weeks have taken some steps forward. It’s nice going into the conference meet and state tournament with things going our way a little bit.”

Pine River won its final two dual match of the Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference season over Manton and Forest Area. The conference tourney is at Manton this Saturday. This Wednesday, Pine River is hosting a double dual with Benzie Central, Reed City and St. Louis. Pine River faces St. Louis and Reed City has Benzie in the first round. Pine River and Reed City square off in the second round.

“Then we’ll auction the (Pine River) boys off to do work for whoever buys them,” Jones said. “The highest bidder puts them to work and the money goes into the wrestling program.”

Reed City is home Feb. 5 for the Division 3 team districts. Pine River is hosting the Division 4 team districts Feb. 6.