Pine River wrestlers rally for victory over Reed City

LEROY — Pine River’s wrestling team overcame a 10-point deficit and prevailed Wednesday night in a non-league match with Osceola County rival Reed City, 48-28.

The Coyotes started out with the lead at 125 when Matt McGahey defeated Tony Moore 4-3. Pine River took control with pins at 130 by Tucker Fansler over Jacob Toles in 3:13 and Phillip Ragatski at 135 in 41 seconds over Adam Stiles.

Thayne Steig cut Pine River’s lead to 12-9 with a pin at 140 in 2:35 over Andrew Albert. Brady Long got Pine River up 18-9 on a pin at 145 in 1:42 over Taylor Cutler. Then Reed City took over with four straight wins. Nate Fasbender (152) defeated Joe Rigling 8-4, Derick Rasor (160) pinned Josh Hooker in 4:28, Devin Ward (171) pinned Jeff Gross in 1:57 and Dylan Chrispell (189) took a major decision over Raden Holmes 15-5.

That put Reed City up, 28-18.

Then the Bucks scored 30 straight points to end the match. Reed City’s Evan Skiver (215) was pinned by Josh Jackson in 4:46. Then for Pine River, Chase Morrison (285) pinned Joseph Gering in 34 seconds. Nate Parks (103), and Dustin Beebe (129) won by pins and Jordan Stone (112) took a forfeit win.

“Pine River is a solid club from top to bottom,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We have some holes to fill yet. We didn’t match up real well with them. I thought our kids wrestled well with them.”

Later in the evening, Reed City won 84-0 over Evart, taking nine classes by forfeit and five by pins. Rasor, Fasbender, Troy Giese, Ward and Evan Skiver won by pins.

Reed City is now 6-3.

McGahey hit the 100-win mark with his two victories.

Pine River is 5-2.

“Reed City, we usually don’t wrestle them until later in the season,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “You kind of know what you’ve got going into it. But tonight, it was new. We knew they’d have a tough squad. They always do. Roger does a nice job getting his kids ready for us. It was a good match with Reed City.”

“Devin Ward turned the match around against someone he lost to last year,” Steig said.

Evart lost to Gaylord, but got a pin from Zach Parshall at 171. There was no official score. Other wrestlers for the Wildcats during the night were Roman Tiedt, Tustin Cool, Jonah Smith and Caleb Parrish.

Pine River ended the night with a 55-12 win over Gaylord. Winners for the Bucks were Parks, Stone, Moore, Fansler, Long, Rigling, Hooker, Gross, Holmes, Jackson and Morrison.

“Gaylord has a tough program,” Jones said. “They brought a lot of kids down. It was a good win for our kids. Most of our kids had matches.”

Evart is idle until the Reed City Invitational on Jan. 3.