Leroy Pine River became the first No. 7 seed to win a quarterfinal in the Michigan high school team wrestling finals, taking down No. 2 Decatur with a come-from-behind, 35-34 win in Division 4 today at Central Michigan.
Joe Rigling won a 4-2 decision at 152 pounds with a takedown late in the third period, erasing Decatur’s two-point lead.
“My coach told me to not go out there all panicked, and I calmed down and did my job,” Rigling said. “I didn’t give up; I kept with it.”
Each team won seven individual matches, including four pins apiece, but Pine River had two major decisions (Josh Jackson at 215 and Tucker Fansler at 135) to score extra points.
“We’ve been here a few times, we just hadn’t been able to get over the hump that first day,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “We’re not super-talented, we’re really young. We just have a bunch of good kids that are willing to do a lot of extra work. They’re kids that decided to come out and make this year a fun year and as successful as we can.”