Reed City middle school wrestlers hone skills for next level

REED CITY — Wrestling season for the Reed City High School team might be over but there is work to be done for the future.

The high school season ended at the state finals earlier this month. But the middle school season is still here and Reed City’s wrestlers have been working out in the Coyote wrestling room.

Varsity coach Roger Steig noted that Willie Jacobs is coaching the middle school, which consists of seventh and eighth graders. The middle school program has existed for 12 years. Many middle schoolers have come to the varsity.

“It makes a good feeder for us,” Steig said. “They practice every night after school.”

Steig noted that Central State Activities Association middle school matches are currently taking place. Jacobs noted that a home match scheduled for Reed City was snowed out.

Jacobs has been coach for two years. There are about four Saturday matches set.

“I wrestled in high school for Roger,” Jacobs said. “He asked me if I’d coach the middle school team.”

This season, workouts started in February.

Reed City currently has eight middle school wrestlers and had up to 10 for a couple of weeks, Jacobs noted.

“We had our first match this past Saturday and everybody on the team ended up getting a win,” Jacob said. “They’re doing pretty good.”

Jacobs noted that the matches are arranged not only according to weight but also experience and athletic ability.

“We try to make it as close as possible that people are wrestling at their skill level,” Jacobs said. “You try to get the best matches as possible and do as much learning as possible and get ready for high school.”