Reed City, Pine River wrestlers ready for regionals
REED CITY – Three Reed City wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight classes last Saturday in the Division 3 individual districts at Chippewa Hills. As a result, all three will be competing at the regionals this Saturday in Farwell.
For the Coyotes, Adam Kehr, who lost to Wernette in the finals at 135 with a 16-1 technical fall placed second. Matt McGahey at 103 and Matt McDonald at 275 were both third.
“We knew those three had a good shot at getting out,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “McGahey being a freshman and McDonald a junior, it’s their first trip to the regionals. Kehr was a qualifier last year.”
Steig said his wrestlers will stay at home during practice this week.
“We’re excited about next week,” Steig said. “I think our kids will do well.”
Chippewa Hills district qualifiers will go up against qualifiers from the Kingsley district.
“I think the kids out of our district here should do well at regionals,” Steig said.
The top four at regionals will compete March 1-3 for the state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Reed City’s team season ended Feb. 9 at Chippewa Hills against the host school in the districts with a 72-5 loss.
The Bucks are Division 4 team district champs and will wrestle Thursday in regional action at Montabella.
In the team districts Feb. 8, the Bucks defeated Manton 57-30 and Montabella 40-30. This Wednesday, the Bucks wrestle Sanford-Meridian in a semifinal match. Shelby and Traverse City St. Francis are in the other semifinal.
“Sanford-Meridian beat us by two two weeks ago and we were wrestling significantly below our ability that day,” said PR coach Tim Jones. “That looks promising for us. Shelby is ranked fourth in the state. We don’t think they’re out of our league. Obviously, they’re a ranked team and we have to make things happen.”
At the individual districts on Saturday, Pine River had six wrestlers advance to the regionals. Kyle Nixon at 125 and Abel Langworthy at 130 took first. Cason Rawson at 152 was second. Maverick Martin at 140 and Larry Kissinger at 145 were third. Justin Seeman was fourth at 160.
“It was a really good day considering the level of competition,” said PR coach Tim Jones. “It was a tough district. Kyle and Abel had outstanding days. Maverick Martin is starting to come on. Larry Kissinger had his 100th career win.”
The individual regionals are Saturday at Manton.