Reed City wrestlers fifth at Gladwin

REED CITY — Reed City’s wrestling squad was fifth at the 16-team Gladwin Invitational on Saturday. The Coyotes were 3-2.

“They split them up into four different groups and everyone cross brackets,”

Steig said. “You get a true champion.” 

Reed City beat Pine River 69-6, lost to Mio Au Sable 54-24, defeated Clare 36-33, lost to Standish-Sterling 42-39 and beat Hemlock 41-31.

Two wrestlers, Jimmy Bywater (119 pounds) and Alex Brummel (135) were 5-0. Kyle Lawrence (103) and Dylan Chrispell (215) were both 4-1. Mason Bush (152), Brett Walker (171) and Isiah Yonkin (189) were 3-2. Ryan Simmons (112), Stewart Smith (130), Taylor Cutler (145) and Tyler Kerr (160) had two wins apiece.

“Our kids are wrestling well right now,” Coyote coach Roger Steig said. “We have a couple of guys out with injuries. We had a couple out sick. The guys we had in the lineup all wrestled well. I think we’re still capable of putting things together and have a strong postseason tournament.”

The Coyotes were in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action Wednesday and were 1-1. Reed City defeated Central Montcalm 60-21 and lost to Grant 42-39.

Lawrence (103), Jayson Johnson (135), Brummel (140), Derrick Rasor (160), Chrispell (189) and Yonkin (215) were all 2-0 for Reed City.

“Christmas break was good to us,” Steig said. “We came back healthy. We knew Grant was going to be tough. They were 8-2. We went down to the last match with them. We had to have a pin to win it. It was a seesaw. If he could have won by pin, we would have won by the ninth criteria on the tiebreaker. He won by decision.

“The neat thing about it was that with 30 seconds to go, Derrick let him go and threw him to his back to try to get the big win for a team. He was going for it. He came close.”

Reed City has Central State Activities Association Gold Division matches set for Wednesday at Tri County and Jan. 20 at Big Rapids. Reed City is 10-11 overall and 1-1 in the CSAA.