RC wrestlers place third at Benzie Central
REED CITY – Reed City’s wrestling team was 3-2 at the Benzie Central Super Duals on Saturday for third place.
The Coyotes beat Benzie Central 41-33, defeated Hart 45-33, lost to Mount Pleasant 48-24 and Rogers City 39-36 and defeated Mason County Eastern 78-3.
Adam Kehr was 5-0 at 135 and Matt McDonald 5-0 at 285 to lead the Reed City effort. Aaron French at 215 and Patrick Jobes at 119 were both 4-1.
“It was exciting that we came as close as we did to winning a tournament,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “The Rogers City match, we were down by six. Jordan Rolston, if he would have pinned his opponent, would have put us in a tie with Rogers City. At the end of the match, he had the Rogers City kid on his back. He won by decision. It was first or third place for us.”
Wednesday, Reed City will be wrestling Morley Stanwood at Big Rapids.
The Coyotes are 19-14.
On Jan. 18 at home, the Coyotes scored a home 39-33 dual victory over Big Rapids in Central State Activities Association action.
Paris Jones defeated Brandon Butler at the 140-pound class by pin. Big Rapids voided at 145 but won the next three weight classes and then both teams double voided at 171. With Reed City leading 33-27, Aaron French pinned Justin McClelland at 215 pounds. Big Rapids won at 285.
Matt Gagahey pinned Chance Bloomfield at 103 pounds and Reed City also got a pin from Patrick Jobes at 119. But at 130 pounds, Devin Ward defeated Logan Kipsmiller and the Coyotes won three more with Mike Schneidt getting a pin at 135.
This Saturday, Reed City will host 14 teams in an all-day individual tournament.
“Pine River will be strong,” Steig said. “They might be the favorite.”
Pine River’s wrestling team was 2-3 at the Forest Hills Eastern Invitational at Grand Rapids on Saturday.
The Bucks lost to Wayland 36-34, but defeated Forest Hills Northern 56-21 and beat Zeeland East 56-18 before losing to Otsego 48-26. Pine River also fell to Forest Hills Central 43-24.
Going 4-1 for the Bucks were Cason Rawson at 112, Kyle Nixon at 125, Abel Langworthy at 130 and Larry Kissinger at 145. Maverick Martin was 3-2 at 140.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Bucks were at Kingsley and beat the host school 57-23, plus Manistee 49-20.
“Larry Kissinger beat two very good opponents from both teams,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones.