Reed City 189-pound wrestler having success as a sophomore

REED CITY — Isiah Yonkin is enjoying a strong sophomore season at 189 pounds for Reed City’s wrestling team.

He’s also been wrestling at 215 pounds. He has started out with a better record at 215. Overall, he’s 10-6. He indicated during the postseason that he’ll be at 189.

Yonkin acknowledges he struggled as a freshman wrestler in the win column.

“I’ve improved a lot,” he said. “I think it’s because of a year of maturity. I’ve played football, varsity and JV.”

The two sports complement each other, Yonkin acknowledged.

An enjoyable match for Yonkin was a 30-second pin at the South Haven Invitational. He used a lateral drop to get his opponent on the mat and go for the pin. That’s his main move so far.

“Nobody can get past it,” he said. “I pressure them.”

Yonkin wants to improve on his strength conditioning as he bids for a long run in the postseason.

“I want to at least make it to districts and make it futher than I did last year,” he said. “I have to go hard, and be mentally (tough) and be myself.”

Reed City has Central State Activities Association Gold Division matches set for Wednesday at Big Rapids and Saturday at Manistee.

“The team is great,” Yonkin said. “We have a positive record. We get along.”