Reed City wrestlers off to very strong start


REED CITY — As the Reed City wrestling team heads into the holiday break, the Coyotes are happy with what they’ve been able to accomplish so far.

Derrick Rasor has been getting the job done at 140 pounds for Reed CIty as a freshman. He wrestled at the middle school level. He got off to a 6-1 start. He lost his only match so far this season to South Haven. He has three pins.

“My breakdowns,” has been sparking Rasor. “I need to do a lot better on the bottom,” he said.

High school wrestling has proven to present many challenges, Rasor added. “I’m a freshman and wrestling varsity, I go up against a lot of juniors and seniors,” he said.

So far, Rasor hasn’t been intimidated by his foes.

Evan Skiver has been at 215 and heavyweight for the Coyotes in his junior year. It’s his second season.

“The beginning of my season (last year) started really well then it started to decline,” he said. “Matt (McGahey) told me it was a tough sport and I like challenges.”

Keeping weight has been a challenge for Skiver.

“You have to be physical. If you aren’t, you’ll lose, that’s the bottom line,” Skiver said. “You need to work.”

He’s started out 6-1.

“I’m wrestling people 50 to 60 pounds heavier than me,” Skiver said. “I go in there just thinking they’re a little heavier.

“This year, I’m working with a whole utility of moves and a completely different mindset which i feel is why I’m winning, along with physicality. I want to give it my all and promise that I’ll never quit for my team.”

Being a state qualifier is a goal for Skiver. Drake Walker also started out 6-1 and had his best match against a South Haven opponent in a 10-4 victory. Reed City took second. Walker was 4-1 for the day.

“I feel I’ve been pretty strong,” he said, adding that “shots and finishing and pinning combinations” have been working for him so far this year.

Reed City resumes to action Jan.4 with its home team invitational.

“I feel that we’re really strong,” Walker said.

“The team is looking amazing, better than last year,” Skiver said. “We go out there headstrong like we’re going to win it.”

Matt McGahey, a junior, has started out at 5-2. His most memorable match has been against an opponent from Bangor.

“I was losing by four, I turned the kid, got three back points and won by one,” he said, adding that he’s working on “escaping and getting away from the bottom.”

The team “is doing good this year,” McGahey said. “I’m happy with the team.”