Reed City freshman, sophomore hope to make mark at wrestling finals

REED CITY — Two Reed City wrestlers journey on Wednesday to The Palace of Auburn Hills to compete in the state individual tournament in Division 3.

First-round action starts on Thursday with additional action on Friday. Wrestlers that are guaranteed top eight finishes continue to wrestle on Saturday.

Freshman Matt McGahey at 103 is 34-19 and sophomore Adam Kehr 38-13 at 135 are the two RC qualifiers.

Both wrestlers placed fourth in the regionals to qualify for state. They will be drawing regional champs in their first-round matches.

“We’re looking at it like it’s a new season,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “Going up against the No. 1 wrestler, it’s no task we haven’t gone up against before.”

Both have had steady seasons.

“They’ve got to where they are because they’re willing to push themselves as hard as they can,” Steig said.

To qualify for state “feels really good,” Kehr said, “but it would feel a lot better if I place. I’ll just have to wrestle well. I have to keep my head up. I’m pretty good on the bottom.”

As for his season, “it’s been a lot better than last season,” Kehr said. “I lost a few I probably shouldn’t have.”

A major highlight for Kehr was going 5-0 at the Benzie Central Invitational. “I beat a lot of good kids up there,” he said. “I score a lot of points on the bottom and a lot from off my feet.”

McGahey said the thought of qualifying for the state finals never came into his mind until recently.

McGahey was third in districts and fourth in regionals.

“I’ve wrestled pretty well,” McGahey said of the postseason, adding that having a winning record was a major goal. “I want to medal (at the state meet).”

McGahey said his strength has been working on his feet.

“If I had a little more confidence, I’d be good at shots.”