Reed City takes fourth at Big Rapids wrestling invitational

BIG RAPIDS – It was a busy day at the Big Rapids gymnasium with the annual December Cardinal Wrestling Invitational.

Reed City was fourth at 3-2, Big Rapids 2-3 and Evart 1-4 in the 10-team tournament. East Kentwood won it.

The Coyotes had wins over Traverse City West 42-39, Montabella 64-18 and Evart 54-23. Losses were to Hastings 54-27 and Lakeview 47-28.

Individuals going 5-0 were Elijah Lentz and Bryson Hughes. Izaiah Lentz was 4-1. Logan Cutler was 3-0 and Logan Kindig was 3-1. Wrestlers with two wins were Dannica Bregg, Zack Bennett, Hannah Los, Autumn Thompson, Hunter Fagon-Moyer, Wyatt Spalo and Braedon Ghent. Wrestlers with wins were Carter Johnson, Ayden Mullen, Chad Landis and Myles McCarthy.

“Our kids are working hard,” Reed City coach Roger Steig. “I think we’re having a good day for where we’re at. They didn’t let me down. It was a good effort teamwise. Our young wrestlers came through for us.”

RC’s next match is Wednesday at Central Montcalm.

Big Rapids had wins over Evart and Godwin Heights. Brody Sleeper (140), Brett Root (119) and Dawson Kilpatrick at (125) all were 5-0. Sleeper got five pins. Kilpatrick had four pins and one decision. Dawson Langworthy was 4-1.

Sleeper has a 6-1 record.

“It went pretty well,” Sleeper said. “The team didn’t give up.”

“The younger ones are learning the stuff we’re teaching them,” Big Rapids coach Bruce Hoffman said. “As long as they’re doing that, they’ll do all right.”

Big Rapids will be home on Wednesday.

Evart opened up with Montabella and won 44-18. The Wildcats had victories from Chris McPherson, Cole Staats, Josiah Beard, Cole Hopkins, Sam Bailey, Alex Burhans, Ethan Conk, and Alannah Bentley.

Next was a tie with Traverse City West 39-39, but TCW picked up the win via criteria. Winning wrestlers were Chris McPherson, Ransom,  Beard, Hopkins, Bailey, Burhans, and Bentley.

Evart lost 54-23 to Reed City. Picking up wins were Ransom, Hopkins, Beard, and Conk.

Next was a 72-12 loss to Hastings. Winning wrestlers were Hopkins and Bailey.

Next was a 36-34 loss to Big Rapids. Winning wrestlers were Beard, Hopkins, Landon Babb, Bailey, Conk, and Michael Lodholtz.

“We wrestled tough again, but our lack of experience was very evident,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “We will get better as our guys always push hard in practice and all have drive to become great. Josiah Beard and Cole Hopkins went undefeated on the day.”

Chippewa Hills 0-4

REMUS – Chippewa Hills was 0-4 at Greenville team tournament on Saturday. The Warriors lost 39-36 to Caledonia, 60-12 to Greenville, 48-35 to Fruitport and 51-27 to Gull Lake.

Tyler Geer was 4-0 on the day; Maikia Wittig and Ross Snyder had two wins while Natalie Gibson and Jon Koepf had three wins.

Pine River first

Pine River placed first in the Tri County team tournament this weekend.

Team Scores were PR 40 Cedar Springs 33; PR 72 Carson City 8; PR 54 Comstock Park 24; PR 42 Tri County 38; Sparta 46, Pine River 36.

“I was really pleased with our team effort and toughness,” Pine River coach Roger Steig said. “Our kids wrestled really well and it was a total team effort to pull off our wins against Cedar Springs and Tri County. The kids were moved around in the line up a different weight throughout the day and wrestled great matches against very strong opponents. We had a little bit of an emotional letdown after the win over Tri County and I feel like that cost us a loss against Sparta.

“We had our opportunities but just couldn't finish in a couple key match ups. Our kids have responded well to a very competitive week 1 of quality opponents. We will continue that in Carson City on Wednesday when we wrestle D4 No. 2 New Lothrop and D3 No. 8 Portland.”

Jordan Nelson, Seth Duncan, Wyatt Underhill and Devin McQueen all had wins on the day.