Reed City wrestlers advance to regionals

GRAYLING — Two Reed City wrestlers placed in the top four at the Division 3 individual districts at Grayling on Saturday and have advanced to the regionals this Saturday at Charlevoix.

Ryan Simmons placed third and was 3-1 at 112. Brett Walker took fourth and was 3-2 at 189.

Both are working out in the Reed City wrestling room this week. Both are going to the regionals for the first time.

“Ryan has put in a tremendous amount of time in the offseason,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “He’s a true example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish. Last year, he wasn’t more than a .500 wrestler. This year, he has stepped up and has led the team in about every category there is.”

Simmons is 36-14.

“He continue to improve,” Steig said. “I’m optimistic and think his chances are real good (to advance from regionals). He has to take it one day at a time.”

Walker’s record is 24-18.

“Brett did a fantastic job at the district tournament,” Steig said. “He (was seeded) seventh and wrestled his way to fourth. Like Ryan, they’re team captains. Ryan is a sophomore and Brett is a junior. They’re examples for the rest of the team to follow. Brett has a good work ethic.”

On Feb. 8, the Coyotes lost 69-3 to Chippewa Hills in the Division 3 team district finals at Reed City. Hunter Brahman at 130 pounds won a decision for Reed City’s only win in the title match.

In the semifinals, Reed City won 42-39 over Mason County Central in a match Steig noted went down to the wire.

Winners for Reed City were Mark White (125), Kevin Hurley (135), Andy Helsel (145), Kellen Haney (160), Isaiah Yonkin (189), Michael Kettner (103) and Ryan Simmons (112).