Rasor eyes strong season on the mat

REED CITY — Derrick Rasor is coming off a very successful football season as quarterback with hopes of helping the Reed City wresting team in his senior season.

He was at 160 last season and is looking to be there again this year, or maybe at 171.

He spent a lot of time on football during the offseason but Rasor is set to be in good physical shape as the wrestling season continues for the Coyotes.

He entered the season needing exactly 40 wins to reach 100 in his career.

“And I want to go to state,” he said.

Rasor realizes he wrestles about 55 to 60 matches and will need to win a good percentage in order to get to 100.

“I’m a lot bigger than my opponents, so that will help,” Rasor said.

Football went to the second week in November with the regional finals. Wrestling practices started a week after that. But Rasor indicated he and his teammates were able to effectively play catchup and entered the season ready to do.

Rasor realizes he wants to rely on his strengths to have a strong season.

“Takedowns and bottom work are my specialty,” he said. “I want to get better with control on the top.”

The Coyotes defeated arch-rival Big Rapids last week in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action and now head into the holiday break. They’ve been competitive in invitationals so far and have demonstrated to be capable at virtually all 14 weight classes.

“We’ll have a full lineup,” Rasor said.