Reed City trio set for state wrestling finals

REED CITY — Three senior Reed City wrestlers are hoping to have the performances of their lives this week when they perform in the individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Steven Ruppert at 135, Brian Michell at 160 and Josh Mobley at heavyweight will be representing the Coyotes at the state meet. Action begins on Thursday and concludes with the finals on Saturday.

Ruppert, who was seventh at the finals last season, takes a 54-1 record into the finals and will start with a match against Zacharias Tate of South Haven at 49-10.

“Steven is making his fourth trip down there, and was a state medalist last year,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “He knows what he has to to. He’s been there before. He’s going into familiar territory.”

Ruppert won the title at his regional meet. Now he’s hoping to make a strong bid for a state crown.

“It’s one match at a time and work hard as I prepare for it,” he said. “I’m trying to work on what I do well.”

Michell takes a 49-6 record to the state finals. He starts off by facing Ethan Lindgrin, who is 43-14 for Durand.

“With all three of our guys going down, we’re healthy and we’ve had some good practices,” Steig said. “If Brian has a good day, he can come out on top.”

Last season, Michell barely missed out a state medal. The top eight placers in each weight class pick up a medal.

“I want to do as well as I possibly can,” Michell said.

Mobley will bring a 29-11 record into the finals. His first match will be against John Marogen of Dundee, who is 37-15.

“I’m a little nervous,” Mobley said. “Once I’m there, I’ll wrestle and do the best I can.”

It will be Mobley’s first trip to the finals.

“Josh is only a second-year wrestler and going to the state finals is quite a feat in itself,” Steig said. “If he doesn’t get caught up in all that hype, in front of thousands of people, I think he can do well at state.”