Elijah's goal: State would be great

Reed City wrestler hopes to top 37-win total from last year

Elijah Lentz



John Raffel

REED CITY – Elijah Lentz is one-half of the twin brothers combination for Reed City wrestling, which continues to rack up plenty of points during competition for the Coyotes.

Elijah is a junior at 142 pounds this season, a five-pound increase from last year.

Lentz has enjoyed success his first two seasons for the Coyotes.

“The first year was great, the second year was OK and this should be a good year,” he said. “This year I hope to make it to state. It’s a matter of working harder than I did last year.”

Reed City coach Roger Steig has been expecting plenty from Lentz this season.

“Elijah should get his 100th career win this year and had 37 wins for the team last season,” Steig said.

His shots are a strong weapon, as far as Lentz is concerned. As of early in the season, he was working to improve his bottom work.

“I’m getting better at that already,” he said.

Reed City started off strong this season but sustained two tough losses to Kent City and Central Montcalm to open the CSAA season on Wednesday. But Elijah promises this should be a special season for Reed City wrestling.

“We’re going to be pretty strong,” he said.

Lentz and his twin brother, Izaiah, have been active in other sports besides wrestling. This includes track in the spring. But in the fall, they had been running cross country but decided to play soccer last year.

“Cross country wasn’t quite as intense and didn’t get my adrenalin pumping as much as soccer did,” Elijah said. 


Favorite subject in school: Science

Favorite vehicle: Charger 

Favorite activity outside of sports: Hang out with friends