Pine River Wrestling’s Tim Jones Retires

LEROY – After 33 years as a wrestling coach, and 22 of those with Pine River, Tim Jones has retired.

In his time as the head coach, their wrestling program was always a top one to look for in northern Michigan.

They won many conference and district titles and made long postseason runs, including five straight appearances in the quarterfinals from 2015-2019.

They also were back-to-back semifinalists in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Jones says although they had a lot of success, it’s not the wins and losses he’ll remember, but the memories made along the way.

“It’s not really the wrestling or the wins that I’ll miss,” said Jones. “It’s the things like, we went away on weekend trips, we might of went to Marquette, up to the mountain, we went to the state finals, and staying in the hotels and just traveling. Those things stick in my mind a lot more vivid than the wins in the win column or the big meets.”

Jones says he is stepping away for family reasons. Long-time assistant Terry Martin will take over as head coach.

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