Stone set to go to the state finals for Pine River wrestlers

LEROY — Pine River’s Jordan Stone was excited about going to the Division 4 individual regionals earlier this month, and for good reason.

Stone, a junior, qualified for regionals and also has advanced as one of nine Pine River grapplers to the state finals this weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills. He entered the regionals at 28-3.

He said he’s “very happy” with his record. He may have even exceeded his expectations.

“Dedication and going 110 percent have been among the key reasons for his success,” Stone indicated.

His improvement this season has been

impressive.

“My previous years, I didn’t win a lot of matches,” he said. “This is my first year I’ve made a major improvement. I plan on improving on that through my senior year.”

He was second in districts.

“I want to do as best that I can,” he said prior to regionals. “I plan on taking first.”

Stone took fourth, which was good enough to qualify for the state meet.

He had an excellent match against Caro vs. a No. 4-ranked wrestler at a tournament.

As he prepares for state, Stone wants to continue to work on his speed.

Pine River sent 11 to the regionals. That alone is a major boost for the other wrestlers, Stone indicated.

The Bucks lost in the regional semifinals to Hesperia in a match in which they had high hopes for victory. The Bucks were 25-2.

“We had a really good season,” Stone said. “This is my third year. We’ve been getting better every year that I’ve watched us wrestle Hesperia. Next year could be our year.”