Reed City set to host wrestling invitational Saturday

REED CITY —  Pine River will be defending its wrestling title Saturday when Reed City hosts its annual individual invitational.

“Pine River is always tough,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “I think we’ll be in the mix. Central Montcalm will be tough.”

The invitational is traditionally the last Saturday in January and usually a week before the conference tournaments to end the regular season. Three mats will be used for the action.

Reed City was at the Lakeview Invitational Saturday. Reed City was sixth out of 16 teams.

Matt McGahey was second at 125 pounds, Devin Ward was third at 171, Evan Skiver was third at 215, Jimmy Bywater was fourth at 103, Thayne Stieg was fourth at 140, Troy Giese was sixth at 160 and Nathan Fasbender was sixth at 152.

Reed City, which lost 72-3 to Chippewa Hills also is at Big Rapids Wednesday. The only win for Reed City against Chippewa Hills was Ward at 171 pounds.

Pine River was first Saturday at the Mio-AuSable Invitational out of 13 teams.

The Bucks had 228 points, while Shepherd was second at 149 1/2.

At 103, Nate Park was first, while Jordan Stone (112) was first, Tony Moore (119) was first, Tucker Fansler (130) was third, Philip Ragatzki (135) was first, Brady Long (140) was third, Raden Holmes (160) was fourth, Jeff Gross (171) was third, Tyler McCurry (189) was second, Josh Jackson (215) was first and Chase Morrison (heavyweight) was second.

“It was kind of a breakout tournament for a couple of wrestlers,” Pine River coach Tim Jones said. “Ragatzki had an outstanding tournament. Tucker Fansler, Rogatzki and Gross all had fantastic tournaments.”

On Jan. 21 at Mancelona, Pine River beat the host school 79-0 and Lake City 81-0.

The Bucks are at Frankfort with Benzie Central on Wednesday.

Evart also will be at Reed City Saturday. Coach Ryan Hopkins said his team was at Lakeview on Friday for the first day of a two-day invitational tournament and will be at Lakeview on Wednesday for a team meet.

Heavyweight Caleb Parish took fourth at Lakeview for Evart.