Reed City freshman wrestler eyes more victories

REED CITY — Reed City’s wrestling program has been looking to get points from freshman Ryan Simmons at the 103-pound weight class this season.

Simmons entered the winter break with three victories and was looking to add to his total this month. He had been wrestling at 112 pounds and is looking to have more success. He’s looking to improve during the regular season, be ready for the postseason and then be wrestling at his best.

It’s his third year of wrestling. He had been in the junior high program prior to this season. He’s planning on being at 103 all winter.

Simmons said his strength has been his top work, “controlling the person, that’s when I get my pin,” he said, adding on the high school level, “you wrestle a lot stronger people.”

He’s been focusing on improving his work from the bottom.

Simmons and several of his teammates practiced over the winter break

“I’ve been focusing on a different style of shots,” he said, “and a different (style) from the top.”

Reed City this Wednesday will be wrestling at Grant against the host school and Central Montcalm in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action. The Coyotes also are at the Gladwin Invitational on Saturday.

“We’re doing pretty good,” Simmons said. “We have our ups and downs.”

At his weight class, Simmons expects to see tough competition from Hesperia and West Ottawa. But there’s still plenty of room for improvement and Simmons is looking at his best wresting to be in February.

He also plays football and agreed that it’s the ideal complement to a sport like wrestling.