McGahey continues to have strong season for Coyotes

Matt McGahey
Matt McGahey

REED CITY — Matt McGahey hit the 100-win mark his wrestling career earlier this season, but the Reed City senior is looking at accomplishing much more before calling it a career at 125 pounds.

McGahey entered this week at 26-1 for the team’s best record. He recently had a 2-0 performance at home when Reed City wrestled against Grant and Central Montcalm.

“I came back strong in the second (round),” he said. “Coach said these were pretty solid teams.”

He was at 19-1 after that match, then won seven more. His only loss was against an opponent from Bangor at the South Haven Invitational.

“I got caught,” McGahey said. “I got pinned in the first period. Mistakes happen, and that’s why we practice. (The loss) kept my head in the right place.”

The Coyotes are at Chippewa Hills Wednesday and at the Lakeview Invitational Saturday.

“We’re very solid when we want to get going,” he said. “When we lack spirit, we’re in trouble. We want to get better. Conference (Central State Activities Association Gold Division) wins are always a goal.”

The Coyotes are 19-8 overall and 2-2 in the CSAA Gold Division. Besides McGahey, other wrestlers with strong records are Devin Ward (22-5) at 171, Evan Skiver (22-5) at 215 and Thayne Stieg (20-6) at 140.

Coach Roger Steig likes where his Coyotes are at, but acknowledges this will be a challenging week.

“We’ll have ChIppewa Hills which is on a roll;” Steig said. “They’re ranked like fourth in the state. They’re coming of a big tournament (at Bay City Western) where they did well at the Michigan Duals. On Wednesday, we’ll have to be at our best.”

On Jan. 14, the Coyotes were 1-1 at Newaygo. The Coyotes beat the host school 66-11, but lost 49-25 to Tri County.

Going 2-0 for Reed City were Kyle Lawrence (103), Devin Yonkin (112), McGahey (125), Ward (171) and Skiver (285).