Reed City wrestling team expected to be strong

Steig like his team's prospects

Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig (left) and Alex Andrus hope to have a season worth smiling about this winter.

Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig (left) and Alex Andrus hope to have a season worth smiling about this winter.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Veteran Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig is back for another season and is anxious to build upon the success the Coyotes had a year ago.

Reed City placed third in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division and had a 18-7 record. Six wrestlers qualified for the regionals. Bryson Hughes was a state quarterfinalist and Anakin Andrus was at 100 career wins.

“Last season, we graduated one senior, Anakin Andrus who was a four-year varsity starter wresting 119-pound weight class and was one of our regional qualifiers,” Steig said.

There’s plenty of talent on this year’s team.

“Bryson Hughes, a junior, will wrestle 171,” Steig said. “He is a returning state qualifier and will be expected to lead the charge. Izaiah Lentz, a sophomore will wrestle 135. He is a returning regional qualifier and leads by example. He will be one of our top self wrestlers.

“(Twin brother) Elijah Lenz, a sophomore will wrestle 130. Last year, he was the first freshman wrester to ever go undefeated for the entire regular season in the beginning of our school dating back to 1966 when wrestling started.”

Mason Johnson, a four-year wrestler, will be at 140.

“We will look to him for leadership and strengthen the middle of our lineup,” Steig said. “Chad Landis, a seir four-year wrestler as a junior was one of our most improved wrestlers. We expect him to continue his improvement. We have high expectations for Chad at the 152-pound weight class. Braedon Ghent, a sophomore, made his way into the starting lineup last year and will give us stability at the 160-pound weight class.

“Noah Morgan, a junior, will be wrestling at 189. He is a third-year starter. Noah and Bryson made a great one-two punch in the backfield on our football team and should do the same for this year’s wrestling team.”

Alex Andrus will also be a top wrestler.

Steig likes his team’s prospects.

“Because we only lost one senior last year and our numbers have nearly doubled this year, we should be strong across the board,” Steig said. “We have strengthened our schedule some and this year’s team will be much more challenged but at the end of the year I expected our team and individuals to make a strong run in the postseason tournament.

"We have to take care of things outside the wresting room. Our academic requirements for our athletes at Reed City are tougher than most schools. All 25 wrestlers will be called on to do their part. It’s important that we all keep our selves eligible healthy and ready to go at all times with no exceptions.”