Bywater off to promising start for Reed City

Jimmy Bywater
Jimmy Bywater

REED CITY — Jimmy Bywater is hoping the recent Reed City Invitational will ignite him to attain some valuable goals for the rest of the season.

Bywater was 5-0 for the Coyotes, who took first place in their home invitational earlier this season.

It’s his junior season and he’s been on the mat three years for the Coyote.

One main highlight last season was getting a match away from qualifying for regionals. He’s still battling to get above .500 in individual matches this season. He had four pins and one forfeit at the Reed City Invitational.

“It was pretty awesome,” Bywater said. “I just went out there and put it all on the line.”

It was obviously one of the best tournaments of his career.

He’s at 112 pounds right now but plans in dropping back to 103, his weight the past two seasons. It’s his preferable weight.

Because he has the experience behind him, Bywater is confident this will prove to be his best season.

“I think I could have done better than I have so far,” he said. “I have to stay away from mistakes.”

Top work has been a strength for Bywater.

“I’m OK on takedowns,” he said, indicating that he still needs to improve on his bottom work.

Bywater’s goal is to qualify for state finals this season.

The Coyotes were at home for another invitational last Saturday. Bywater took fifth at 103.

It’s one of the better teams he’s wrestling on, Bywater indicated, adding that Reed City is “really strong” in the lighter weights. “The heavier weights” are stronger, he added.