Kehr optimistic on Reed City wrestling’s prospects

REED CITY —Adam Kehr had quite a season as a freshman for the Reed City wrestling team and is hoping to show even more in his upcoming sophomore campaign on the mat for the Coyotes.

Kehr was at 135 and 150 in his rookie prep season and had a 26-28 record. He finished fourth at individual districts and qualified for regional competition.

“I did really good at the start and good at the finish but my season was a little iffy in the middle,” he said.

Kehr also wrestled in middle school.

“It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,” he said, adding that finishing fourth in the district was a highlight. “I went to Central Michigan (during the offseason) and did a wrestling camp there.”

Kehr also did some running and played JV football.

He’s been at 140 or 145 this season.

“I think I’ve improved a lot,” Kehr said. “I’m good on the bottom.”

Kehr is hoping to qualify for the state finals and have a winning record.

“I think I’ll get better as the season goes on,” he said. “That’s what the sport is.”

Reed City opens the mat season at home Dec. 7 with a quad against Big Rapids.

Coach Roger Steig and his wrestlers have been in practice action since Nov. 21. Steig noted that the season has started a week later this year under a new calendar from the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

“They thought the season was too long. Before, wrestlers were getting in as many as 50 matches,” Steig said, noting that officials thought one less week would mean less of a physical toll on wrestlers. “You go to other states and they’re talking about 30 matches.”

Reed City has about 25 wrestlers on its roster.