Coyote junior Andre Burks having strong start on the mat
REED CITY — Andre Burks has been getting the job done at 171 and 189 pounds in his junior season for the Reed City wrestling team.
It’s his second year in the Reed City program. He was a transfer student last year and didn’t have a full season. He’s been having success in recent matches.
“I’m doing good for the weight I’m in,” he said. “It’s a bump up weight. Other than that, it’s been all right.”
His improvement has been substantial from a year ago, Burks noted, especially “cardio-skill wise.”
Not many of his wins have been from pins. “I usually win by points,” he said, adding that his strengths are usually “defense sprawl... and go behind for two. “
But Burks is working to improve his offense, especially on shots and headlocks.
There’s one match in particular that Burks will have fond memories of for a long time.
“I went into quadruple overtime with a kid (from Roscommon) the first match of the season,” Burks recalled. “I got a reversal on him.”
Burks is looking on getting through districts this season and going to regionals. Right now, he’s focusing on his shots and takedowns. He hopes it adds up to a prosperous and lengthy postseason.
He likes his team’s prospects. The Coyotes are at Holton Wednesday in CSAA action.
“We’re looking a lot better than last year,” Burks said. “A lot of kids really want the wins. They work hard for them.”
That includes Burks who said he needs to keep functioning on cardio workouts and listening to coaches’ instructions.
“(I need to) be more aggressive,” he said.