REED CITY — Devin Ward is among the wrestlers the Reed City Coyotes are counting on for a banner season and Ward has plenty of hopes for the winter.

It’s Ward’s third year of high school wrestling. He’s had solid regular season performances coming into this year. He also does football but entered the wrestling season expecting to be vastly improved. As a wrestler, Ward expects to be mentally and physically stronger this season.

Ward was at 125 as a freshman, 152 as a sophomore and 160 this season. He’s up 35 pounds from three seasons ago but is very optimistic in his transition to the higher class. From a preseason performance Reed City had at a Lakewood scrimmage, he gained plenty of confidence.

He came into the season with various goals in mind.

“Making it out of districts and see how far we go from there,” Ward said. “I need to use my key moves, stay sharp and stay in shape.”

When Ward is on his feet, he tries to set up a shot, and if he’s on bottom, he tries to get back on his feet. He’s been working on neutral position and working to get better on his feet and getting his shot up.

The Coyotes have had a busy December so far and will wrestle at Hesperia this Wednesday in Central State Activities Association action and are at the Ravenna Invitational on Saturday.

Ward was 4-0-1 at the South Haven Invitational on Saturday.

“We’re a relatively young team,” he said. “But I think we’re going to do very well this year. We work hard. We don’t have many big guys but the big guys we have I think will do very well this year.”

On the schedule, Ward expects Big Rapids, Chippewa Hills and Hesperia to be tough opponents.