New wrestling room opens for Reed City

REED CITY — For Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig, the long wait of 26 years has ended.

His wrestling team has a practice facility to call its own.

Reed City now falls in the growing number of wrestling teams that have moved out of their high school cafeterias where they would spend several minutes every practice day to carry in and roll out the mats so they could have a practice.

The Coyotes recently moved into what had been the old bandroom in the southwest portion of the high school building. Like many other high schools, Reed City now has its own wrestling room.

The room will now be used basically for wrestling, athletic director Monty Price said, adding that there was no expenses involved in making the move. He added that high school principal Thomas Antioho made the decision on relocating the wrestling room.

The mats were moved to the new room and will stay in there except when meets are being conducted.

“It saves us about 40 minutes a day,” Steig said, referring to the process of taking mats to the cafe and rolling them out and then taking them back. “I’ve been coaching here for 26 years. We’ve been in the cafeteria. This is a neat thing to happen to our wrestling program.”

The school, Steig noted, “has been trying to find a home for us. It’s a room we can call home.”

Steig added that the room can be used year-round for wrestlers wanting to stay in shape, for mini-camps, clinics and for other purposes.

Reed City senior wrestler Aaron French realizes the new room is smaller than the cafeteria but just the right size to meet the needs of the team.

“It’s better than we’ve had,” he said. “We have something to call ours.”