Chippewa Hills wrestlers hold back Reed City
REED CITY — Chippewa Hills’ wrestling team had too much firepower Wednesday night in scoring a 53-12 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory over Reed City.
The Warriors won 11 of the 14 matches in improving their record to 7-1 in the league and 19-4 overall.
“Anytime you wrestle and anyone on your team loses, nobody gets to walk home completely satisfied,” said Warrior coach Nate Ethridge. “We lost two tight matches.”
Reed City is 19-8 overall and 4-3 in the CSAA.
“I’ll give Chippewa Hills a lot of credit,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “They came ready to fight. Sometimes it works out that way. When you’re in front of your home crowd and it’s parents night, you want to have your best performance. It didn’t turn out that way.”
The match started out with the two teams exchanging pins with Brendan Barry for the Warriors getting a fall in 3:11 over Travis French and Coyote 285-pounder Evan Skiver pinning Kyle Vandenbrooks
Then the Warriors took control with four straight wins including pins at 103 for Keaton Zuern in 36 seconds over Shenouda Angious, and at 112 with Zach King over Abe Angious in 2:12. Kaden Ellis took a void at 119 and Mike Felix had a 12-2 decision at 125 over Matt McGahey. Thayne Stieg’s 7-5 decision at 130 gave Reed City three points.
With the Warriors up 28-9, Slade Todd at 135 pounds defeated Reed City’s Derrick Rasor 15-2 for a major decision to add four more points to the Warriors’ lead.
John Wixson decisioned Drake Walker 6-1 at 140 for a 35-9 advantage.
The Coyotes bounced back at 145 pounds with Adam Kehr defeating Mason Day, 9-6. Kehr had a 6-1 lead which Day cut to 6-5 with a minute left in the match. Kehr sealed it with three straight points.
“At 145 and 130, I thought we were competitive,” Ethridge said. “We couldn’t quite finish the match the way we wanted to. It wasn’t for lack of effort. Our kids both wrestled hard. Mason ran into a pretty tough kid. You’re talking about two kids that are state-caliber kids. Those are fun matches to watch as fans and coaches.”
Kevin Briscoe then pinned Troy Giese in 2:33 during the 152-pound class for his 100th win and a 41-12 Chippewa Hills lead.
Kavan Peterson gave the visitors three more points at 160 with a 10-6 decision over Devin Ward. It was 50-12 after Eric Russell pinned Jon Green in 1:33 at the 171-pound class.
At 189 to end the night, Jon Spedowski notched a 4-2 win over Reed City’s Andre Burks.
“I was happy with our upperweights,” Ethridge said. “I was happy with 160 through 189. We knew Reed City usually puts out some big, strong athletic kids. We were able to sweep those weights. I was really happy with that.”
The league duals have ended with both teams going to the CSAA tourney at Lakeview on Feb. 1.