Reed City wrestler eyes strong future

REED CITY — Brett Walker was determined to have a strong ending to his wrestling season for the Reed City Coyotes.

He’s in his sophomore season and is wrestling at 171 pounds. He’s been at .500. Walker also wrestled last season and has shown improvement.

“I’ve gained 30 pounds since last year, but I’m definitely doing a lot better than last year,” he said, pointing to experience, more knowledge of wrestling and other factors behind his improvement.

Against Pine River, he’s had three straight pins.

On the mat, “I like the fireman, and I’m getting better at shooting,” he said. “I’m good on the bottom.”

Walker is hoping to improve on “sprawling better, because I am a shorter guy, and defense.”

Before the season ended, Walker wanted to win a high percentage of his matches and make it to the regional and maybe to state.

“I have to work a lot harder in here and do the right things during matches,” he said.

His season ended at individual districts last Saturday at Caro. Reed City lost 38-36 last Wednesday to Big Rapids in team districts

“We had a tough loss (to Big Rapids) but I feel we’ll get them back and redeem ourselves,” Walker said prior to the rematch.

But the CSAA with teams like Chippewa Hills, provided tough competition to get the team ready for the postseason, Walker said.

He runs cross country and track, and acknowledges that both sports get him in shape for wrestling, which is his signature sport.

“I started in eighth grade,” he said. “My brother used to wrestle, he’s a role model.”