Reed City wrestlers off to strong start

REED CITY -- Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig likes the depth his team has been able to pick up in various areas.

“I have a freshman having a good year,” he said, referring to Dominic Garcia.

He has another freshman, Dylan Chrispell, plus a senior, Jared Shyrock, who continue to get the job done.

Chrispell might be in his freshman season but has been on the mat about seven years. He reached the midway point of the season with a competitive 6-9 record.

“It’s a lot harder,” he said of the varsity level. “Everyone knows a lot more of what they’re doing.”

Chrispell is wrestling at 152 and 160 pounds. He said 152 has been his best class.

As a freshman “I’ve wrestled well,” he said adding that he has three pins so far and his strength has been wrestling from the bottom. “I get most of my points there.”

But Chrispell said he hopes to improve on his standups. when he looks at his matches that he won, Chrispell notes that he had more escapes and reversals. But his takedowns have been down.

As a team, “we’re doing pretty good,” he said. “Coming into the new year, we’ll be better. People know what they’re doing.”

Shyrock said he’s improved a lot as he wrestles in the 160-pound class this season.

“I’ve been really good this year,” he said. “I’ve been practicing hard. It’s my last year of high school wrestling and I want to go as far as I can.”

Shyrock started with a 6-7 record and five pins.

“Just going hard,” is the key for success said Shyrock adding that “I’d like to place at the conference meet. and I want to get out of districts this year.”

Shyrock is confident the Coyotes can make some noise in the Central State Activities Association before the season ends.

“I just like this team,” he said.