Reed City senior wrestler confident of successful season

REED CITY — Reed City’s wrestling season starts on Wednesday in a home meet and wrestlers like Drake Walker are ready to go.

Walker is coming off his senior cross country season. He’ll be at 140 pounds for coach Roger Steig’s Coyotes. It’s his third season of wrestling and second on varsity. He didn’t wrestle as a freshman or sophomore. But last season, Walker decide to wrestle rather than play basketball.

“I wanted to do it for running season, track, and stay in shape,” Walker said.

But he admits he had to go through an adjustment period to his new sport.

“It took me awhile,” Walker said.”I started doing better at the end of the year. “So I’m hoping to start out better.”You have to stay in shape.”

He was at 135 pounds last season but the transition to five pounds shouldn’t be a problem.

“I’ve gotten bigger,” Walker said. “So it should be the same.”

Walker was able to get in some wrestling during the offseason.

“I feel pretty good about how I’m going to do,” he said. “I feel I’m stronger and I know more of what to do in situations.”

Walker likes using singles and heavy elbow moves. He’s working to improve on having a proper perspective while he’s wrestling and avoid getting pinned or having a wrestler gain extra points.

“I want to get out of districts and get to regionals,” he said. Walker is looking to enjoy a quicker start to the season.

“The team I think is going to be pretty strong,” he said. “We’re well-rounded.”

Hesperia and Chippewa Hills should be among the toughest opponents in the Central State Activities Association.