Reed City wins dual matches

REED CITY — Big Rapids and Reed City are two high school wrestling teams that are in very different situations. On one hand, there’s Reed City.

Reed City has a roster full of extremely talented grapplers. On the other hand, there’s Big Rapids. The Cardinals have taken the mat twice so far this season and have only managed to fill eight weight classes in most meets, putting them at a huge disadvantage.

Both Reed City and Big Rapids participated in a quad meet hosted by the Coyotes on Wednesday night. Other schools in attendance were Ludington and Roscommon. Reed City and Big Rapids didn’t meet on the mat on Wednesday, but they took on mostly the same opponents and both coaches were very pleased with how things went.

Reed City coach Roger Steig had similar feelings towards his Coyote squad.

“I’m pretty excited. Our kids came out to fight (Wednesday),” Steig said. “Our practice room has been pretty intense and we were able to bring some of that onto the mat (Wednesday).”

Reed City took on Roscommon first and was able to ride a few strong performances to a 44-28 team victory to start the night.

“Roscommon is very good,” Steig said. “You never know how things are going to look on the first night out, but I’m pleased with our performance.”

The Coyotes would then roll over Ludington, running out to a 30-0 lead on five consecutive pins. Ludington would muster a few points, but when it was all said and done, Reed City would improve to 2-0 on the night against two formidable opponents. Steig made sure to emphasize just how good the Coyotes were as a team on Wednesday.

“It was a team effort,” Steig said. “Individually, we were most impressed by a couple of freshmen that we threw into a varsity meet who both performed very well.”

Steig was referring to Derek Rasor and Brendan Marsh, two freshman that went a combined 4-0 against Roscommon and Ludington.

“Our goal (Wednesday) was to come out 2-0 at the end,” Steig said. “We’re way far ahead for this early in the season. (Wednesday) is a result of our real intense practices for the last few weeks.”

Also for Reed City, wrestlers that were 2-0 were Thayne Steig at 130, Drake Walker at 145, Adam Kehr at 152, Devin Ward at 160 and Evan Skiver at 285. Andre Burks at 171 went 1-0. Kyle Lawrence at 103, Matt McGahey at 125, Jon Green at 189 and Travis French at 215 were all 1-0.

Reed City is at Hesperia Wednesday and at the Ravenna Invitational on Saturday.