Coyote wrestling ekes out win

REED CITY — Reed City both went 2-0 in wrestling action Wednesday night, Dec. 7, to open the season.

But especially against Benzie Central, it wasn’t easy.

Reed City beat Benzie 37-37 winning on the fifth criteria for having the most pins. Earlier in the night, it was 49-30 for Reed City over Ludington.

“It was a good night,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We’re extremely young. Saturday after our scrimmage in Kingsley, I had a good feeling about our team. In every weight class, every kid battles and gives us everything they’ve got. The sky’s the limit on where we can get to.”

Winners for the Coyotes were over Ludington were Dakota Gogolowski (215) over Ryan Miston with a pin in 1:11, Matt McDonald (285) with a pin in 3:02 over Dylan Sorenson, Thayne Stieg (112) with a pin over Zak Sharp in 3:37, Matt Magahey (119) with a forfeit, Devin Ward (130) with a pin in 1:49 over Chris Myers, Adam Kehr (145) with a fall over Frank Vodvarka in 3:19, Jordon Rolston (160) with a decision over Chase Roy 10-2, Eric Reed (171) with a decision over Shawn Blackburn 14-11 and Travis French (189) with a pin over Ray Griffen in 1:58.

Reed City netted wins against Benzie Central from Brandon Toman (285) over Orville Ramey 9-5, Matt McGahey (112) by void, Ward (135) by pin over Christian Dilas in 3:49, Devin Micek (140) with a pin in 1:02 over Tyler Long, Kehr (145) over Jamrio Raglin 9-0 and Jordan Rolston (160) with a pin in 0:22 over Doryn Mojerczak.

Reed City trailed 37-31 before Gogolowski pinned Zach Lawrence in 0:22, setting up the criteria tiebreaker.

On Saturday, Reed City was at the Sanford Meridian Invitational and went 3-2. The Coyotes lost to St. Louis 52-28, beat Midland 58-3, lost to Freeland 45-32, beat Breckenridge 54-18 and topped Hemlock 54-26.

Kehr at 145 and Gogolowski at 189 were both 5-0. Matt Gagahey at 103, Devin Micek at 135 and Aaron French at 215 were 4-1.Travis French at 171 was 3-0 and Thayne Stieg at 112 was 3-2. John Greene at 152 was 3-2.

“This is a group of kids that really works hard,” Steig said. “We’re really young. As we get more time, they’ll get better.”

On Saturday, Reed City will be at South Haven.