Chippewa Hills edges Reed City for wrestling title

Reed City downs BR in semifinal round

Roger Steig's Coyotes were runners-up in the district.

Roger Steig's Coyotes were runners-up in the district.

Herald Review photo/John Raffel

BIG RAPIDS – Chippewa Hills wrestlers have added to their district title dominance .

The Warriors beat Reed City 47-29 in the team Division 3 district title match on Wednesday at Big Rapids.

Chippewa Hills has won 18 straight district crowns.

Reed City beat Big Rapids 63-8 in a semifinal match.

“Tonight was a tough dual,” Chippewa Hills coach Kevin Edwards said. “This was the toughest district dual we’ve had in quite awhile. I know the score looks a little lopsided. It was not. We lost the coin flip at the beginning which means they were able to get some of the matchups they wanted. They got to send a lot of their kids out second and choose some of the matchups.”

In the title match, Chippewa Hills fired out to a 29-0 start.

The Warriors got forfeits at 103 and 119, Makiah Witting posted a pin at 112 in 2:34. Raymond Irwin (125) earned a technical fall for the Warriors 14-0 over Miles McCarthy. Tyler Geer pinned Logan Kindig at 130 for a 29-0 lead.

Elijah Lentz got Reed City on the board at 135 with a 13-8 decision over Tyler Saxton. But Jon Koepf (142) got a pin in 25 seconds and Seth Weaver (150) pinned Elijah Lentz in 3:48 for a 41-3 lead which clinched the win for the Warriors.

The lead was 47-3 when Craig Wernette (152) added a pin in 1:14. Hunter Fagan (160) got Reed City six more points with a pin in 3:20.

Bryson Hughes (171) won a highly competitive match 17-6 over Austin Humphrey. Reed City earned forfeits at 189 with Noah Morgan and David Wayne at 215 to make it 47-25.

Wyatt Spalo ended the match for Reed City with a 7-0 major decision at 285 over Trent Hosink.

“It’s advantage to win the coin flip and there were several weights where they had the choice,” Edwards said. “Our kids went out and in tight matches our kids found ways to win. We won matches we lost earlier in the year or we won by bigger margins than we did earlier in the year. This was a good district. I didn’t see thus result coming. I thought it would be closer than 18 points.”

“We got the matchups we wanted,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Chippewa Hills’ kids were ready to go tonight. Key matches that went against us were at 145, which was one we thought would go our way. Then we lost our 119-pounder to injury which we were not planning.

“Coming into tonight, we knew they were tough and had lost to them earlier in the season,” Steig said. “We could see where could win seven matches. It didn’t happen. They outwrestled us.”

For Big Rapids in the semifinal round, Dawson Kilpatrick at 119 won by injury default and Zain Bowman at 125 won 9-3. The Cardinals had to forfeit several weight classes. They weighed in seven wrestlers but only had five heathy enough to compete/

“I thought Dawson Langworthy wrestled well even though he came up a little short,” Hoffman said. “If he keeps it up, I’m hoping he advances on Saturday.”

Among those winning actual matches for Reed City over Big Rapids were Logan Kindig, Elijah Lentz and Hughes. Other Coyotes also won including many via forfeits.

Chippewa Hills gained a first-round bye.

The Warriors will be on the road next Wednesday for the regional at a site to be determined later.