Chrispell eyes strong senior wrestling season for Reed City

REED CITY — Dylan Chrispell has moved from having a strong season in Reed City football to what looks to be a banner campaign in wrestling.

Chrispell was 5-0 for the Coyotes earlier this month at the Kent County Classic.

He said he’s been wrestling since he was 4 years old. Last season, Chrispell was honorable mention all-conference and had 36 wins. He weighed 189, but also wrestled 215.

“I didn’t do anything in districts, but I had a pretty good year last year as far as the regular season went,” he said.

Chrispell said 189 was probably his best weight class last season and he is looking to be there this year. Prior to the start of 2015 football practices, Chrispell said he got some work done in wrestling.

“We had some tournaments we went to over the summer,” he said.

Chrispell’s hopes for this season are to place at the state final.

“I’ll have to work hard,” he said. “I think staying healthy will be one of the biggest ones.”

Chrispell has been able to stay healthy so far in his mat career.

“Throws from my feet” are among his strengths, he said. “I’ve kind of gotten away from being on the bottom. My freshman and sophomore years, I was pretty good on it. I want to try to get back at being good at it again.”

Chrispell expects to face strong competition against Chippewa Hills. The key in wrestling outstanding opponents is “patience,” he said, “and don’t try to push anything to happen.”

Reed City is on winter break after posting a 6-8 record.

“We’re looking small, but we’re looking good,” Chrispell said.