Rizor comes up big during freshman season

LEROY — It was a memorable season for Tim Rizor at 171 pounds  and the Pine River wrestler won't soon forget a match he won in the state quarterfinals against Clinton.

His coach, Tim Jones, definitely won't.

"That was a really good match," Jones said. "They had brought down a good 189-pounder. At 171, it was a big match."

Rizor wound up getting six big points with a pin.

"I went out there with great confidence," he said. "The team really pumped me up. I knew I had to win that match. There were some matches I thought we might lose, and if I didn't win mine, we might lose.

"After I threw him and slammed him hard, I kind of knew I had it. He was kind of weak from that throw."

Rizor, a freshman, entered the state team finals at 21-10, and said he was relaxed. But the win in the quarterfinal was gratifying.

"I've met my expectations," he said. “I haven't exceeded them yet. We have a great coach and he's helped me through the year. He's helped my leg riding.  My strength is probably my throwing. I have a good low single. I like a good leg ride."

The Bucks lost to New Lothrop in the semifinal.