Coyotes go 2-2 in home invitational Kehr improves to 16-0 on the season

REED CITY  —  It has been two weeks since the Reed City wrestling team was competing on the mat and it showed as the team went 2-2 at the Reed City Invitational Saturday.

The Coyotes picked up a 42-30 win against Charlevoix and a 43-16 win against Elk Rapids before falling to the premiere teams of the invite, Mason County Central, who would leave with top prize, and Byron Center.

The Spartans began the season at No. 9 in Division 3 while the Bulldogs began at No. 10 in Division 2. Both teams beat up on Reed City to the tune of 52-22 by BC and 57-13 by MCC.

“We had two ranked teams that added a lot of class to our tournament,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We beat the teams we were supposed to and lost to the two ranked teams. We had a few guys missing and we’re coming off break, in a few weeks I think we’re going to be a team that is really tough to go against.”

The Coyotes were led by their senior captain Adam Kehr who improved his record to 16-0 on the season.

The streak wasn’t an easy one to maintain Saturday as the No. 5 ranked wrestler in 152 pound weight class of Division 3 defeated No. 9 ranked sophomore Spencer Knizacky from Mason County Central, 14-10. He also beat Byron Center’s 152-pounder 20-8.

“He’s got a good season going for us so far,” Steig said. “He’s our team captain and does what he’s supposed to do. He had a couple tough matches Saturday and it was good for him.

“What is important to me is the third period and when it becomes crunch time. Adam was tied (with Knizacky) and he shut him down in the third period and came away with a win.”

It was smooth sailing in the first two matchups with both Charlevoix and Elk Rapids being undersized and outnumbered. The Rayders, however, are improving and gave the host team a good fight.

“Charlevoix is a much improved team from last year and gave a great match but just couldn’t keep up with us and the other two ranked teams,” Steig said. “They’ve come a long way.

“Elk Rapids’ numbers are down this year so it was tough tournament for them.”

Reed City is back on the mat at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts a CSAA tri-meet with Newaygo and Lakeview. Kehr will be putting his undefeated record on the line against the No. 10 ranked 152-pounder in Division 3, Wildcats’ senior Terry Greiser.