Bywater eyes best season as Reed City wrestler

REED CITY — Jimmy Bywater is poised to have his best season as a Reed City wrestler.

It’s the fourth varsity season for the Coyote senior.

Last winter, Bywater went to regionals. He was a district qualifier his freshman season. His best season was as a junior.

“It was just another year of experience,” Bywater said, adding he’s improved every season.

He wrestled at 103 pounds last season but will be at 112 this winter for the first time.

“I think it’s going to be a good move,” Bywater said, adding the competition at 112 is “about the same” as at 103. “I want to make it to state and place. I need to come to every practice.”

It’s his goal to be at his best in February during the state tournaments.

Bywater’s strengths include his top work, but he wants to improve on his bottom work and takedowns. He’s expecting Central State Activities Association Gold Division rivals Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills to provide solid competition at his weight class.

Reed City is now in the winter break and has started out 6-8 in dual matches.

“It’s looking better than previous years,” Bywater said. “I think we’ll do good this year.”