Dakota is on the Go-Go for Coyote wrestlers

REED CITY — Dakota Gogolowski wasn’t able to go for the goals he had set for himself on the wrestling mat a year ago.

But his season ended prematurely and Gogolowski is as determined as ever to go after some lofty goals.

He got off to a good start Wednesday night at Reed City with the Coyotes beating Ludington 49-30 and Benzie Central, 37-37, on criteria.

Against Ludington, Gogolowski (215) won over Ryan Miston with a pin in 1:11. Against Benzie Central, Reed City trailed 37-31 before Gogolowski pinned Zach Lawrence in 0:22, setting up the criteria tiebreaker, which went to the Coyotes.

“I knew we had to get the pin or we’d go 1-1,” Gogolowski said. “This is the third time I wrestled him. The first time he beat me, the second time I beat him. The third time, I honestly didn’t know what would happen, like how fast it was going to go.”

Gogolowski said he had an injury last season just before the Central State Activities Association tournament that ended his year. He wasn’t able to wrestle in the state tournament. This is his third year of wrestling and should be his best, said Gogolowski, also an all-CSAA lineman in football.

“That’s my goal to go to state this year,” he said, adding that upper body work is usually his top strength. He wants to improve on his shots and keep wrestlers on the mat. He also hopes to improve on his conditioning.

Reed City wrestled at Meridian on Saturday and Gogolowski went 5-0. He is now 7-0.

“The team is looking very strong,” Gogolowski said.

Reed City coach Roger Steig agrees.

“In every weight class, every kid battles and gives us everything they’ve got,” he said. “The sky’s the limit on where we can get to.”