Reed City wrestlers confident of upcoming prospects


REED CITY — Devin Ward is anticipating the best could be yet to come for the Reed City wrestling Coyotes in upcoming competition.

Recently at the Reed City Invitational, Ward was 4-1 while finishing fifth at 160 pounds.

“They were pretty tough,” Ward said of his five opponents.”I wrestled pretty good. I could have wrestled better. I could have wrestled better to the kid I lost to.”

He lost 12-0 to Logan Emery of Clare in the second round and then won three straight. He notched three pins for the day.

Ward entered last week with a 26-11 record. He took third place in the CSAA tournament last weekend.

“Some of my losses were against kids I should not have lost to,” he said. “I can definitely progress and get better for the postseason.”

Bottom work and getting back to his feet is an area in which Ward hopes to improve.

Ward still harbors hopes of qualifying for the state finals but indicated he still needs some work.

“I should be in better shape and mentally tougher,” he said, adding that he’s made “substantial” progress since practices started in November.

Alex Bush picked a fourth place at 285 pounds for the Coyotes at the tournament. It’s his first year of wrestling. He said takedowns have been his top weapon so far.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes hope to do well in their team districts which will be at home on Wednesday.