Reed City wrestlers go 5-0 to win home invitational

REED CITY — It was an enjoyable start to the new year for the Reed City wrestling team.

The Coyotes went 5-0 at their home team tournament to take championship honors.

They defeated Manistee 51-30 in the day’s final match to take the title.

The Coyotes also had wins over their B team, Evart, Charlevoix and Elk Rapids

“Two weeks ago, we came back from South Haven and took a week off,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “We got over some injuries and some flu. This week, we had an intense week of practice. I thought our guys were pretty sharp just coming off Christmas break. We’re pretty excited moving forward.”

Going undefeated for the Coyotes were Jimmy Bywater at 112 pounds, Matt McGahey at 125, Thayne Steig at 140, Devin Ward at 171, Dylan Chrispell at 215 and Evan Skiver at 285.

Those six won against Manistee along with Kyle Lawrence, Derrick Rasor and Troy Giese.

“Jimmy Bywater was 5-0 and that’s exciting,” Steig said. “His alpha won’t let him go to 103 until next Saturday so he’s actually wrestling up a weight from where he’s supposed to be.”

Bywater is still battling to get above .500 in individual matches this season. He had four pins and one forfeit at the Reed City Invitational.

“It was pretty awesome,” Bywater said. “I just went out there and put it all on the line.”

The Coyotes have a home dual this Wednesday.

“It was just a total team effort,”’ Steig said. “The guys were positive. They came in here to win the tournament and they wrestled like they wanted to.”

Reed City is 13-5 overall.

Evart, wrestling as a club this season, was down to three wrestlers.

Zach Parshall was 3-2 at 171 pounds.

“Zach’s been doing very well,” Evart coach Ryan Hopkins said. “He’s a first-year kid who never wrestled before. He’s got a winning record right now. I’m very happy with his performance.”

Hopkins noted that he has more than 30 wrestlers in his youth program, which should supply more varsity athletes in future seasons.

“We start our (youth) season next weekend with them and we’re expecting big things from those guys,” Hopkins said. “In three years time, we’ll have a very solid high school team.”