Reed City sophomore wrestler scoring key wins at 130 pounds

REED CITY — Jayson Johnson is happy he ended his absence from wrestling.

So are his Reed City teammates.

Johnson is a sophomore who’s been at 130 pounds in his first year of varsity wrestling.

“I did it a little bit in elementary school,” he said. “I stopped for a long time. I had thought about it and how much fun I had when I was little. I decided to give it another try.”

He’s glad he did.

“It’s pretty fun,” Johnson, who was 7-7 after a 2-0 performance last week, said. “At South Haven (invitational last month), I gave it my all, and that’s when I performed at my best.”

Wrist-halves are among his top moves, Johnson said. He wants to improve on the starting position when he’s down.

“I need to be better in getting away and getting back in neutral,” he said. “I need to work on my overall performance.”

Looking ahead, Johnson is focusing on having a good record.

“I have to practice hard,” he said.

Johnson plays football and is planning on running track in the spring. Each sport complements each other, he agreed.

“I’ve done football all my life and I enjoy that a lot,” he said.

Reed City wrestles Wednesday night at Big Rapids in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action and is at Manistee on Saturday.