REED CITY - Alex Andrus is off to a strong start as a key freshman for Reed City's wrestling team.

His brother, Anakin, is an establish junior wrestler with the program.

"We've been really happy with his little brother, Alex," Reed City coach Roger Steig said. "He's been at 135 but will be at 130 the rest of the year. He's really filled a hole. He's one of our standout wrestlers."

Alex had two wins at the Kalkaska Invitational on Saturday.

It's his fourth year of wrestling which includes a junior high career.

"The competition gets a lot harder," he said.

Andrus has been above .500. He said among his best matches came at South Haven in an invitational when he went all three periods against an outstanding wrestler.

His most memorable win came at Farwell against a wrestler from the host school.

"I know he's really good and I beat him," Andrus said. "Coach tells me I do a good takedown, I try to work on that as much as possible."

Andrus smiles when asked what his goal would be by the end of the season.

"I'd like to have a better record than my brother," he said. "It will take hard work every day in practice."

But he admitted his brother's involvement with wrestling got him started and they wrestle each other outside of practice to stay in shape.

Andrus also played football to stay in condition for wrestling. He may run track in the spring.

As for wrestling, "I like how you can't blame mistakes on other people when you're on the mat," Alex said. "It's just you."