Coyote wrestlers show improvement

REED CITY — Reed City coach Roger Steig says he continues to get improvement from his wrestlers and that includes the likes of Troy Giese and Dominic Garcia.

Giese is a sophomore at 130 pounds. It’s his second year of varsity wrestling.

Giese struggled in wins and losses last year but has been showing improvement this season. He picked up his first win of the season against Big Rapids and had two wins at the South Haven tournament.

“I want to try getting past districts and keep working on getting better,” Giese said.

Takedowns and escapes are among his strengths. He wants to improve on his shoots.

“I want to get better at taking shots,” he said. “I think we’re doing pretty decent. We’re a little younger than what we have been. I just want to do my best.”

Reed City is heading into the final weeks of the regular season. There’s the Reed City Invitational this weekend.

Garcia, a freshman, has been at 189, 215 and heavyweight. He figures he’ll settle on 215 for the postseason. His record is 13-7.

“I’ve wrestled since seventh grade,” he said, adding that the challenge for the varsity level is “coming in as freshmen and having to wrestle seniors. I have to be aggressive and not to think about their age or strength, but just outwork them.”

Garcia is happy the way he’s wrestling right now.

“I’ve definitely made progress,” he said. “I’ve only been pinned twice.”

Takedowns and pinning combinations have been strengths for Garcia.

“I want to work on the bottom,” Garcia said. “Having to switch between 189 and heavyweight, some people are faster and some are more powerful than I am.”

He’s wrestled 189 twice and said those were the two toughest matches he had all season. Looking ahead, he’s hoping to be a state qualifier

“I need to wrestle smart and trust the coach,” he said. “I think the team is good. We have a lot of potential.”.