Reed City wrestlers start season next week

REED CITY — The numbers are down somewhat for the Reed City wrestlers but coach Roger Steig still expects to field a competitive team.

Practices started on Nov. 16 and coach Roger Steig said a week after he had 18 wrestlers, with a chance of still getting a few more. He also was anticipating filing all 14 weight classes.

The top two seniors coming back are Dylan Chrispell (189) and Jimmy Bywater (112).

Key losses to graduation include Evan Skiver, Devyn Ward and Thayne Stieg.

“We’re young this year,” Steig said. “We’ll have all of our classes filled.”

Returning junior Alex Brummel (135) was a regional qualifier last season. Senior Derrick Rasor (160) was injured for a large part of last winter. Another senior is Kyle Lawrence (103). The Coyotes have high hopes for freshmen Ryan Simmons (112) and Mason Bush (152). Returning senior Trent Willard (215) is a fourth-year wrestler. Brett Walker (171) is a sophomore coming off the cross country team. Taylor Cutler (140), a junior, is coming off a national championship effort for Team Michigan girls team in Pennsylvania. She’s a third-year varsity wrestler.

The other wrestlers are mostly freshmen, But Steig is confident the Coyotes will be able to hold their own. 

He’s expecting Chippewa Hills to again be strong in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, along with Grant and Tri County.

Reed City will have a preseason scrimmage Saturday at Lakewood. The season starts Dec. 9 at Hesperia and the Coyotes will also be at Kent City Dec. 12, at Pine River Dec. 16 and at South Haven Dec. 19.