Mike Rigerman further cemented his place as one of Pioneer's most successful athletes by adding a state wrestling championship.
At the 2018-19 state meet in Albany, Mike fought his way to the Division II title at 220 lbs., dominating opponents in same manner as he did on the football field en route to the Connolly Cup (top player in Western New York).
Mike recently committed to continue his football career at Div. 2 Findlay University of Ohio.
Mike is Pioneer's 6th state champion and finished 43-0 in his senior year of wrestling.
According to WNY Athletics, Mike earned pins in the first two rounds to advance to the semis. He met the 4th-seeded Jeff Crooks (Cobleskill-Richmondville HS of Section 2) and battled to a 5-2 decision to advance to the final.
In the final, Mike would meet another returning state place-winner in 2nd-seeded Keagan Carmenatty from South Seneca HS (Section 5). Mike hung on against a tough opponent for a 5-3 victory.
Mike credited his team, coaches and the Pioneer community for helping fuel his race to the top.
Mike joins Ron Tojdowski (1969), Keith Stearns (1975), Kyle Grunwald (1976, 1977), Kyle Colling (2009, 2010), and Tony Lock (2012) as Pioneer state champs in wrestling.
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