Reed City wrestlers defeat Big Rapids, fall to Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Reed City’s wrestling team sustained mixed results on Wednesday in its first action after the holiday break.

In non-league wrestling, the Coyotes defeated Big Rapids 60-19 and lost to Lakeview 57-21.

Winners for Reed City against Big Rapids were Hunter Brahman (135), Heaven Hurley (140), Jayson Johnson (145), Mason Bush (152), Austin Fowler (215), Ryan Neal (285) and Michael Kettner (103).

Big Rapids winners included Brendan Hatchew.

“Against Big Rapids, we showed improvement from the last time we wrestled them,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “That’s always a good sign.”

In the loss to Lakeview, Reed City was tied 21-21 before the hosts rattled off 36 unanswered points.

Winners for the Coyotes include Brahman (135), Abby Helsel (140) and Johnson (145).

“Lakeview, we had a good fight going and halfway through a couple of matches got away from us,” Steig said. “We thought they would go our way. The momentum started going against us. This team is really young. We have to learn to deal with momentum once we get it going. We didn’t give them our best shot from that point on.”

”We’re lacking in the little stuff,” Coyote sophomore Ryan Simmons said. “Some kids forget moves they see in a match and they don’t know how to do it.”

Simmons has had a strong sophomore season for Reed City, but was disappointed he lost a match to Hatchew. If they meet again, “I’ll have to work on my endurance,” Simmons said. “I’ve been getting tired out there. I need to work on my endurance and the little stuff.”

”We’ll get there,” Steig said. “We’re very young.”

”For a  young team, we’re doing very well,” junior Brett Walker said. “We have a lot of potential in upcoming matches.”

Reed City’s wrestling team was third at the Northern Michigan Duals on Saturday.

The Coyotes defeated Ravenna 48-35, and Manistique 42-34, then lost to Mancelona, 42-35, and Gladstone, 62-15, before beating Kalkaska 57-24.

Going 5-0 for Reed City were Simmons (112) and Brett Walker (189), while 4-1 wrestlers were Jayson Johnson (145) and Mason Bush (152). Hunter Brahman (135) and Tyler Kerr (171) were both 3-2.

“We were for sure the youngest team in the gym,” Steig said. “We started nine to 10 freshman. They wrestled well.”

Reed City is at Central Montcalm on Wednesday.