Reed City senior bidding for all-state wrestling finish

Adam Kehr
Adam Kehr

REED CITY  — Adam Kehr takes a 43-3 record into the Division 3 state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills this Thursday through Saturday. It’s Kehr’s third appearance in the state finals. He will be looking to place in the top eight for all state honors at 145 pounds. “I think his chances of placing are very good,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “The guys that do the predictions predict him for ninth which is one spot away from placing. I’m certain he’ll place high in the state. Adam really wrestles solid. He’s solid on his feet. Every phase of wrestling, Adam is solid. He could easily be unbeaten. “He got into a couple of scramble situations (in regionals) in all three matches that cost him the win. We’ve been working at taking that out of his style. We’ll try to stay out of those scramble situations. If he wrestles solid and basic wrestling like he’s capable of doing, Adam will be tough to beat down there.” It’s been a memorable season for Kehr, regardless of what he does at the state meet. “I’ve wrestled alright,” he said. “The three losses, on any given day you can get those back. I have to wrestle my best this weekend. That’s all that matters. I can’t get reversed on top. I have to stay in control.” Being at the finals before should be helpful this year. “I know what I’m expecting and I know what I have to do to win down there,” Kehr said. “I have to take it one match at a time and see where it takes me.” To prepare for the state finals, Kehr has been wrestling at other team’s practice sites, including Tri County. He’ll be traveling to Auburn Hills on Wednesday.

Pine River qualifiers

Pine River has nine state qualifiers. Jordan Stone at 112 pounds, Elliot VanDreumel (125), Jeff Gross (160) and Chase Morrison (285) all took fourth place in their respective weight classes at regionals 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.