Reed City wrestlers continue summer workouts

wrestlers: From left, Devyn Ward, Thayne Stieg and Dylan Chrispell get ready for a summer wrestling workout at Reed City. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
wrestlers: From left, Devyn Ward, Thayne Stieg and Dylan Chrispell get ready for a summer wrestling workout at Reed City. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City wrestlers have been visiting the high school wrestling room on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. That includes Thayne Stieg, a junior who is at 125 after being at 119 last season. It’s his third year of wrestling coming up.

He had a winning record last season and third team honorable mention all-conference. His sophomore season was his best.

“I’m ready to get back into shape and start practicing,” he said. “It’s helpful, very much and gets you in midseason form for the first match you wrestle. I come in here to get better on my takedowns. I work a little bit on everything every time I come in. Usually when I’m on the bottom is when I’m at my strongest. That’s usually when I score the most points.”

Stieg might play soccer or keep training for wrestling.

Devin Ward will be a junior and wrestles at 160. He was .500 last season. He’s been in the wrestling room during summer as often as possible.

Ward said he’s been working on shooting and takedowns and that it’s “very helpful” to have summer workouts.

He’s also been working out with the football program to get ready for the fall season. He acknowledged that football and wrestling complement each other in terms of the mutual benefits of conditioning.

“You have to run a lot,” he said.

Dylan Chrispell will be a sophomore wrestler for the Coyotes at 171 or 189. He wrestled as a freshman and admitted the season didn’t go “as good as I hoped.”

That’s what makes summer even more important for Chrispell who is emphasizing on takedowns.