Reed City wrestlers take third in home invitational

Hughes, Isaiah Lentz and Carter Johnson are all 19-0 overall

REED CITY – It came down to the wire in the final round of the day with Reed City squeaking out a close 38-36 wrestling win over Hart to wind up taking third place in the 12-team field in the second annual RC Holiday Rumble.

Competition took place in the high school and middle school gymnasiums.

Hart wound up taking first place while Belding was second.

“It went down to criteria and we were the only team to beat Hart today,” Reed city coach Roger Steig said. “They wound up with a  win-loss situation with Belding and they beat them head-to-head. Hart wins it and Belding’s in second.”

Belding also beat Hesperia in a final round match.

“We knew the finals were going to be a dogfight,” Steig said. “We were hoping we’d be in the finals. Once we got there, every match came down to one (weight) class. We were close to being 4-0.”

Reed City defeated Ludington 78-0 and Port Huron Northern 54-16 but then lost 44-36 to Hesperia and 45-36 to Belding prior to its match with Hart.

Reed City had a 38-21 lead over Hart with three matches left and the Coyotes only allowed 15 of the possible 18 points the Pirates could have scored. Izaiah Lentz pinned his opponent at 144 pounds for the 17-point lead.

“Connor Ward had a huge match for us, probably the biggest match of the event,” Steig said, noting because Ward only lost by decision, Hart was deprived of three potential points.

Going 5-0 for Reed City were Elijah Lentz, Izaiah Lentz, Bryson Hughes and Carter Johnson. Wyatt Spalo was 4-1. Wrestlers going 3-2 were Andrew Kiaunis, Hunter Fagon-Moyer, Barron Bowman and Logan Kindig. Ward had two wins and Myles McCarthy, J.D. Adrianse and Brock Cutler all had wins.

Hart was ranked 10th in the state in Division 3 going into the tournament.

Hughes pinned the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the state, Jack Ward of Belding, at 190 pounds in the first period. Hughes was ranked No. 5 coming into the match.

“The key,” Hughes said of his pin over Ward, “was waiting for an opportunity and seizing it while setting up everything.”

Reed City’s season record is 14-5. The Coyotes will be at Central Montcalm on Jan. 4 to begin CSAA Conference action.

Hughes, Lentz and Carter Johnson are all 19-0 overall this season.

“I think we did really good,” Spalo, a heavyweight, said after going 4-1. “If we wrestled the way we did against Hart, we definitely could have taken home first, which would have been nice.”

Evart goes 3-2

Evart was also at Reed City on Thursday and  finished 3-2. The Wildcats lost to Cadillac 42-40, and to Hart 55-18.

Wins were over Newaygo (44-23), a combination team (42-24) and Ludington (48-12).

“We wrestled very well as a team overall,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “Team wide we went 33-13 on the day.”

Wrestlers who were 5-0 were Cole Hopkins, Alex Burhans, and Ethan Conk.

“Ethan had a great day and has made vast improvements in our practices over break,” Bryant said.  “Wrestlers going 4-1 were Riley Ransom, Joseph Kunin, and Jaxon Craven.”

Next week, Evart is in Houghton Lake.

GIRLS WRESTLING

Chippewa Hills had two girls at the Montague Invitational on Thursday. Jazmyne Lake was 2-2 and Melanie Garcia-Rodriguez was 0-2