Reed City sending Kehr, Pine River qualifies nine to state wrestling finals

KINGSLEY — Reed City brought Adam Kehr, Evan Skiver, Andre Burks, Thayne Steig, Drake Walker and Matt McGahey to the Division 3 regionals at Kingsley on Saturday, but when it was all said and done only Adam Kehr earned a spot at the Palace. “For most of them it was a big step from last year to this year,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Getting out of the district and getting here is big. Going into the districts and regionals our guys were sixth or seventh seeds and they found a way to fight to the top four to get here.” Kehr, who went 43-3 on the season, opened the day with a victory in the 145-pound bracket but was pinned in the semifinals by Chippewa Hills’ Mason Dey. Kehr then got two pins in the consolation bracket to take home a third-place finish and punch his ticket to the state tournament. “You know, Adam is pretty disappointed in third place (Saturday),” Steig said. “He didn’t have his best day, but he’s the kind of guy that will bounce back and I’m sure he’ll have a good state tournament.” Thayne Steig (130), Drake Walker (140), Andre Burks (171) and Evan Skiver (215) all went 0-2 on the day for the Coyotes while Matt McGahey (119) lost his first match to the eventual fourth-place finisher. McGahey won his first match in the consolation bracket but fell to Chippewa Hills’ Mike Felix in the blood round to be denied a trip to Auburn Hills. “(Saturday) we wrestled really competitive and a lot of our kids came up a match short of going up to the next level but they’re coming back next year,” Steig said. “We only had two seniors, so I’m pretty excited about next year already.

Pine River sending  nine to state

ROGERS CITY — The Pine River wrestling team qualified a school-best nine wrestlers at the MHSAA individual regionals in Rogers City on Saturday. “Nine is the most we’ve ever moved through to state,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “I think losing close on Wednesday propelled us a bit…We had more emotion on Saturday. Out of the nine, six are underclassmen, so that’s good for our future. All of our kids battled hard throughout the day.” Jordan Stone at 112 pounds, Elliot VanDreumel (125), Jeff Gross (160) and Chase Morrison (285) all took fourth place in their respective weight classes to punch their tickets to the state tournament. Tony Moore (112) and Robert Ragatzki (119) both earned third-place finishes while Kyle Nixon (145), Tyler McCurry (189) and Dominic Garcia (215) all finished in second place to advance to the Palace of Auburn Hills. The MHSAA individual tournament starts at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 and goes through March 1 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.