REED CITY – It’s going to be a young team, says Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig, whose squad is in its third week of preseason practices.

Steig, who enters the season after having passed the 200-win career mark late last season, is in this 27th year on the Reed City coaching staff, including the last 11 as head skipper. He  had been an assistant for Greg Weiss in the previous 16 years.

The Coyotes are practicing for a season that starts Dec. 5 in a quad at Greenville and also features an invitational Dec. 8 at Sanford Meridian. A home quad is set for Dec. 12.

Steig has 25 wrestlers on his team.

“That’s a pretty normal size for us,” Steig said. ”We’re doing basically your core wrestling right now.”

The Coyotes had open mats all summer for wrestlers.

Top wrestlers back include the two state qualifiers with junior Adam Kehr at 145 and sophomore Matt MaGahey at 119.

Also back are sophomore Thayne Stieg, a returning starter, at 125, plus sophomore Deven Ward, also a returner, at 152

“We’re pretty young, “Steig said. “Most of our team will be second-year wrestlers.”

Senior Jordon Rolston at 171 is also back as a returning team captain.

Last Saturday, Reed City had its intra-squad scrimmage, the Red and Black scrimmage.

“That’s when we establish our starting lineups,” Steig said. “Our (14) weight classes will all be filled. A neat thing about the scrimmage is we had a lot of fans show up.

“I think we’ll be strong along the middle weights.”

Steig wrestled four years at Reed City and graduated in 1971. He wrestled at Ferris State.

Dave Carlson, the assistant Reed City wrestling coach, noted that Steig has a varsity record of  202-139, coached 33 state place winners, coached three state champs, was state assistant coach of the year in 2002 and regional assistant Coach of the Year 2002.

“Roger has been associated with every state place winner in program history either as a coach or teammate,” Carlson said. “Roger would never talk about himself. He has always focused on the kids in our program.

“When many people think of the program, they think of him. I was a head coach prior to coming to Reed City and have truly enjoyed working with him. I think he’s forgotten more wrestling moves than I ever knew. He is highly respected in Michigan high school coaching circles and has always been a great ambassador for our sport. His long time commitment to the sport of wrestling and to the Reed City community is nothing short of remarkable.”