Reed City's Adam Kehr takes third at state finals

REED CITY — Adam Kehr, 145 pounds, of Reed City, the Coyotes’ lone wrestler at the Division 3 state finals over the weekend at The Palace of Auburn Hills, brought home a third-place effort.

Kehr had lost in the semifinals on Friday but came back with two wins against Chippewa Hills opponents. He won by decision over Dey 4-1 and then decisioned Briscoe of Chippewa Hills 4-3 on Saturday in the consolation finals.

“In the semifinals he lost 3-2,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “At that point, it’s been my experience over the years that for a lot of guys who had their sights set on winning a state championship like he did, it’s easy not to bounce back. I was proud of the way he bounced back from that loss and still took third.”

Kehr had 156 wins in his career.

“He won his last high school match and winding up third, he had an outstanding high school career,” Steig said.

“I wrestled pretty good, the toughest I have all season,” Kehr said. “They were all really good matches. I did what I had to do in four of the five.”

His loss in the semifinals prevented Kehr from going after first place.

“I gave up an takedown, I got an escape, then I got another escape and he got the escape,” Kehr said.

With the loss, Kehr was determined to take nothing lower than third place.

“I was able to get away from everybody and was able to ride them out,” he said.

His final record was 50-4.

“I feel satisfied with the season. I’m happy. I wouldn’t change it,” he said. “I am going to wrestle in college. I have not decided (where). I’ve been talking with Muskegon Community College.”