Pine River Bucks coach impressed with meet at Whittemore-Prescott

LEROY – Pine Rivers girls wrestling team competed in the assembly dual at Whittemore Prescott last week.

“It was the Coach Funch memorial meet,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “He was a highly successful long-time coach of the Cardinals, sure to be soon added to the Michigan Hall of Fame, who unfortunately passed away due to cancer. Our female Bucks opened the afternoon with the host Cardinals where Kristin Nelson, Maddie Morris, and Lillian Pylman all recorded wins splitting our six matches with an even three wins and three losses.

“The following round we wrestled Ogemaw Heights for only three bouts. Kristin Nelson and Madelynne Sterly collected victories in that match. I was very impressed with how well our girls wrestled. With very little experience and a large and loud crowd on hand, they were undoubtedly dealing with nerves but managed to go out and perform very well.”

Martin added: “Special thanks to the Whittemore staff and students that planned this event and created an outstanding atmosphere for high school sports. Our girls will be in Traverse City West next Thursday for their first girls division tournament to accompany their annual holiday boys tournament.

“MHSAA released that there are 859 girls registered and eligible for competition this season. That is more than double the participants from last season.”

Saturday action

Over the weekend, Pine River attended the Marquette Challenge.

“The always tough tournament of 23 teams was won by Grandville. We placed 10th in the field,” Martin said. “Andrew Baldwin (215) had a great win in the finals over a tough opponent to finish in third place. Bryant Wing (106) continued his good start to the season and finished fourth. Jordan Nelson(120), Jericho Holmes (126), Damian Jackson(132) and Ryder Holmes (138) all finished sixth.”

Pine River’s home opener will be Wednesday when it hosts conference favorite Kingsley and new program McBain.

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