Two Pine River wrestlers second at state meet
DETROIT — Andrew Park and Tim Rizor, of Pine River, took home second-place finishes on Saturday in the individual state wrestling finals at Ford Field.
Park, at 140 pounds, notched his 200th career win when he won in the semifinal. It also tied a Pine River career record, which has been held by Justin Jacobs. But in his bid for 201, Park lost 5-1 in the final to Austin Wolford of New Lothrop.
Tim Rizor at 189 pounds lost his title match to Kyle Cassaday of Beaverton 8-1.
“He had been beaten three times by the Beaverton kid before,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “It was going to be a tall task. But he wrestled tonight in the finals.”
Park had the No. 1 seed in the finals. He had two pretty close matches,” Jones said. “Had he won in the fiinals, he would have eclipsed the record.”
Also for Pine River, Tyler Signor was third at 125 and Brock Nelson third at 145. Caleb Nolf took eighth at 103.
“As a group, they all wrestled well,” Jones. “To get two boys in the finals is a big accomplishment and we had two third-placers. Overall, we were happy with the place we had. There were a few boys who had some unfortunate matches and were just a match away from being a placer. They wrestled hard just to make it to the state finals.”
Jones said Pine River’s Terry Martin was named assistant coach of the year in Division 4.