McGahey reaches 100-mark win in wrestling

REED CITY — Matt McGahey has reached the 100-win mark in his career as a wrestler, but is hoping for plenty more before calling it a career at Reed City.

The Coyote senior won two matches last week at Pine River against the Bucks and Evart to cross the century-win mark.

“It’s a pretty big landmark as far as wrestling goes,” McGahey said.

It came in four years of wrestling.

“Last year I was very close,” he said. “We didn’t quite have enough matches to get it, so I knew it would come early this year.”

McGahey started out the season at 9-0 through the Pine River match, and said it’s the best start he’s enjoyed.

“I’ve been working hard at practice,” he said.

McGahey was at 125 pounds and has been at 130, his highest wrestling weight so far.

“After 119, I think it’s all pretty tough,” he said.

His junior season was his best so far, McGahey said.

“I didn’t go to state, but I had a better record,” he said.

His goal this season is to get a state medal, which goes to the top eight placers in his weight class.

McGahey was at state as a freshman. The key to returning “is to keep working hard and doing what I’m doing.”

His takedowns are among his strengths this season.

“Every part (of his wrestling) still needs a little bit of improvement,” he said. “That’s what we focus on in practice.”

The Coyotes don’t wrestle again until Jan. 3 when they have a team invitational. They also host a quad Jan. 7.