Solid start for Pine River wrestling team

LEROY -- Pine River lost narrowly to Montabella 39-36 in the first of two duals on Wednesday, and then bounced back for a 42-28 triumph over Manton.

On Saturday, the Bucks took first at Sanford Meridian.

Winners for Pine River over Montabella were Kyle Nixon (135), Larry Kissinger (145) and Jordan Stone (112) by pin, Tony Moore (103) by forfeit and Tom Miller (189) and Tyler McCurry (215).

Winning their matches against Manton were Nixon by pin, Kissinger by 15-0 decision, Kyle Charles (hwt.) by a 6-4 margin and Adam Langworthy (171), Tyler McCurry, Moore and Stone by forfeits. Robert Rogatzki (125) won by pin at 125.

“Overall, it wasn’t too bad,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said of his team’s performance. “There’s some things that didn’t work out the way they should have.

“Those are things early in the season you hope that’s what it is. We’ll get after it.”

As for Montabella, “last year, we upset them in the district finals,” Jones said. “They have a lot of good kids back. We probably have a little more work to do then they did. A couple of swing matches went their way.”

Elliot VanDreummel lost an overtime match that turned out to be a key against Montabella.

Charles is in his senior season. He was 1-1 Wednesday. He’s coming off a winning season from last winter.

“First match wasn’t too good,” he said. “The second match I did good. We did OK. We have a lot of potential. We don’t have a lot of ourlineup.”

The Bucks are still nursing some injuries.

Charles is looking to have his best season.

“I lost a lot of weight,” said Charles who will usually be at 215. “It will help me a lot and make me quicker. I’ll be able to move better.”

On the mat, Charles is looking at throws at his strength. He’s hoping to improve on the bottom. The Marquette Invitational this Saturday in the Upper Peninsula will be a huge test, he indicated.

FIRST AT MERIDIAN

Pine River went 5-0 to win at the Meridian Invitational, defeated Whitehall 67-6, Midland 60-21, Onaway 78-5, Freeland 48-21 and Caro 39-21.

Going undefeated for the Bucks were Tony Moore and Josh Phillips at 103 pounds with 3-0 and 2-0 records and Nixon (135), Kissinger (145), Maverick Martin (160) and Kyle Charles (hwt.) with 5-0 marks.

Robert Ragatzki a 125, Adam Langworthy at 171 and Tom Miller at 189 were all 4-1. VanDreumel at 110, Mark Herron at 152 and Tyler McCurry at 215 with 3-2.

“We were the third seed coming into this,” Jones said. “We lost that one match on Wednesday and we knew we had stuff to work on.”

Pine River wrestles at Mancelona on Wednesday.