Ransom eyes trip to state finals

Evart senior wrestler picking up key win for Wildcats

Evart's Riley Ransom hopes to have his arm raised at the state finals this season,

Evart's Riley Ransom hopes to have his arm raised at the state finals this season,

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EVART – Riley Ransom has been scoring valuable points on the mat for Evart’s wrestling team this season, but he’s definitely hoping to keep things going on a winning path until his senior season at 165 pounds comes to an end.

“Riley had a great off season,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “His work made him much faster, stronger, and increased his technique. We expect Riley to compete for a conference title and push to qualify and place at the state tournament.”

It sounds like a good plan for Ransom.

Being on a district championship team last season was a major highlight for Ransom. Individually, he made it out of districts but wasn’t able to advance past regionals.

He’s been above the .500 mark this season.

“I definitely want to make it to states this year,” Ransom said.  “I just need to work hard at practice.”

Ransom has been striving to get off the bottom more effectively in his matches.

As for his team this season, I don’t know if this is the best team. I’ve been on but we have a lot of new kids and they’ve been trying to get the hang of things,” he said.

Ransom was also a standout for Evart’s district championship football team.

Pine River 43, Evart 33

LEROY – Evart finished up its Highland Conference scheduled on Wednesday.

“We saw Pine River first,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “It was a fairly tight match and we were up, but they stormed back with some strong performances and beat us 43-33.

“Our second dual was with McBain. We picked up a win 69-0.”

Wrestlers going 2-0 on the day for Evart were Ethan Conk, Joseph Kunin, Michael Lodholtz, Riley Ransom, Cole Hopkins and Alex Burhans.

This weekend Evart is in Lakeview for its first individual tournament this season.

Pine River coach Terry Martin was excited with the win over Evart.

“Scott Slocum had a critical win for us bumped up at 144, Martin said. “Freshman Paul Frayer then picked up a pin at 190. The points were extremely important but the pin really got our crowd going in the match.  With just three matches to go and trailing by three points, it looked like the dual was going to come down to the 120-pound match up.

“Freshman Krystin Nelson picked up a pin for her first win in the varsity dual lineup to put us ahead. It was a very impressive win for a young lady that just started wrestling this season and had to perform in a high pressure situation.”

Pine River had a 66-12 win over Houghton Lake in round 2.

Double winners for the Bucks were Bryant Wing (106), Jordan Nelson (126), Scott Slocum (138), Ryder Holmes (144)  and Paul Frayer (190).

Going 1-0 were Krystin Nelson (120), Madelynn Sterly (120), Jericho Holmes (132), Emilie Rees (132) and Damian Jackson (138).