Fasbender off to solid start as rookie wrestler


REED CITY — Nathan Fasbender is understandably satisfied with how he has started out his wrestling season, considering he is a rookie of sorts.

He’s a junior wrestling at 152 pounds, and he started out with an 8-2 record. He recently was at 11-8.

It’s his first year of wrestling. Others had encouraged him to come out for the sport. The first time he was on the mat was during a Reed City intra-squad scrimmage in preseason.

Fasbender was 2-of-3 in his debut.

“In certain areas I’ve met or exceeded (expectations)” he said. “In others, I haven’t.”

Fabender has been happy with his effort so far.

“But I feel with more time, a lot more will come a lot faster,” he said.

Fasbender said he’s worked a lot with assistant coach Ryan Steig.

“And 152 seems to be my spot and that’s where I started out at,” Fasbender said.

It’s the first time he’s been in a winter sport outside of indoor track and field, which is not an MHSAA sport.

“I think now is the right time,” he said of his decision to wrestle.  “I still am focusing on track and trying to compete indoors. Learning how to balance that (is challenging.”

Fasbender hopes to advance to regionals, “plus seeing where I am from there and hopefully making it to state,” he said. “I think (several) I’ve pinned so far. It’s the intensity of not stopping and continuing on.”

Fasbender said he hopes to continue learning the moves and other aspects of the sport.

“From the beginning of the year to now, we’ve shown a lot of improvement,” he said. “We’ve come together better than I thought we would. I could see us doing well in districts and regionals. From 140 upwards, we have a lot of very good wrestlers.”

Fasbender was fourth at Saturday’s Reed City Invitational.

Reed City wrestles at Lakeview Wednesday.