Reed City wrestlers off to a strong start to the season

REED CITY — Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig is anxious to get his team on the wrestling mat following the holiday break.

The Coyotes resume action on Wednesday at Lakeview with Newaygo also providing opposition in non-league competition.

"We’re excited because we have 18 freshmen and 10 of them have found their way into the starting lineup,” Steig said. “We feel the future is really bright here at Reed City.”

David Carlson coaches the Reed City junior high wrestling program.

“We have good numbers there,” Steig said.

Ryan Simmons is leading the attack with a 12-2 record in his sophomore season.

”He’s put a lot of time into the offseason,” Steig said. “If there’s something extra going on, Ryan is always there. It’s nice to see kids like that.”

The Coyotes were scheduled to practice all of last week coming into this month. They have a total of 25 wrestlers.

The Reed City wrestling team finished 1-1 in its home quad meet in December, defeating Big Rapids 39-24 and losing to Tri-County 65-12.

Coyote wrestlers earning single victories in that quad, included Abby Helsel (130), Jayson Johnson (145), Brett Walker (189), Austin Fowler (215), Ryan Neal (285), Simmons (112), Mark White (125), Hunter Brahaman (135) and Mason Bush (152).

Reed City was 3-2 at South Haven prior to the holiday break. Five Coyotes went 4-1 at South Haven: Simmons (112), Heaven Hurley (130), Johnson (140), Bush (152) and Tyler Kerr (171).

The Coyotes are at the Kalkaska Invitational on Jan. 7. They resume Central State Activities Association action at Central Montcalm on Jan. 11. The individual Reed City Invitational is set for Jan. 28 and is followed on Feb. 1 with a home dual with Big Rapids and Pine River. Those are the only two other home wrestling dates for the Coyotes.