Coyotes sending six wrestlers to regionals

REED CITY ― Reed City qualified six wrestlers from the Division 3 districts at Chippewa Hills to the regionals this Saturday.

Adam Kehr was champion at 145, Evan Skiver was third at 215 and Andre Burks at 171, Matt McGahey at 119, Thayne Stieg at 130 and Drake Walker at 140 were all fourth .

“I’m just ecstatic about getting six guys out,’” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “From where these guys were three weeks ago to now is just phenomenal. I couldn’t be happier. Our kids wrestled above and beyond.”

All six Coyotes will hope to place top four in regionals this Saturday at Kingsley and earn a trip to the state meet Feb. 27 to March 1 at Auburn Hills.

“Six guys out, the only team that got more than us out is Chippewa Hills,” Steig said.

Meanwhile, Chippewa Hills continued its dominance in Division 3 team wrestling districts by winning yet another one Wednesday night.

The Warriors defeated host Reed City in the finals 44-21.

That makes 10 straight team titles for the Warriors.

“It’s been the consistency in our program and the people that support us, our community, our coaches, our school,” said Warrior coach Nate Ethridge. “It’s people. People make the difference. The kids have bought into this. It feeds itself.”

Chippewa Hills fired out to a 27-0 lead against Reed City after the first five weight classes.

“Our goal was to win the match,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “We knew they were a heavy favorites going in. Our kids wrestled them tough. We lost a few close matches. Had they gone our way, it could have been a different story.”

The finals began at 285 with Chippewa Hills’ Aaron Boyd pinning Gerald Beemer in 4:48, and teammate Keaton Zuern at 103 pinning Shenouda Angious in 1:03. Richie Ostrander at 112 won by forfeit for Chippewa Hills. Mike Felix pinned Abe Angoius in 1:47 at 119 and Zach King defeated Matt McGahey 9-4 at 125 for the 27-0 Warrior advantage.

Thayne Stieg picked up three points for Reed City with a 14-8 decision at 130 over Austin Spedowski. Derrick Rasor netted a huge pin against John Wixson at 135. Rasor trailed 8-0 but got the pin in 4:25 to make it 27-9.

Slade Todd got the Warriors back on track at 140 with a 7-4 decision over Drake Walker.

Adam Kehr gave the Coyotes three points at 145 with a 2-0 decision. Mason Dey defeated Troy Giese 16-0 for five Warrior points at 152. Reed City’s Devin Ward edged Kaden Peterson 4-3 at 160 pounds. But with a 35-15 lead and only three matches remaining, the Warriors clinched the win.

Eric Russell won at 171 on injury default over Reed City’s Dylan Chrispell.

It was overtime at 189 with Brendan Barry getting a takedown and 6-4 win over Andre Burks for a 44-15 lead. Reed City’s Evan Skiver at 215 pounds pinned Austin Santa in 27 seconds.

“I thought we had some outstanding performances at 119, obviously 135, 189, 160,” Steig said. “Those kids came through for us.”

In a dual earlier this season, the Warriors defeated Reed City 53-12.

“Reed City wrestled hard (Wednesday),” Ethridge said. “They did a good job. they came out swinging.”

The Coyotes end their dual season at 20-10.

“We knew if we were going to beat them, it would be a tight match,” Steig said. “The last time we wrestled them, in the third period, they took all the matches away from us. I’m proud of what our kids have done over the last two weeks. We fought them right to the end in every match.”