Skiver celebrates strong season with district championship

REED CITY — Evan Skiver couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the individual wrestling postseason.

The Reed City 215-pounder had a championship effort at the Division 3 district recently when he pinned James Smith, of Lakeview, in the title match.

Saturday, he was third at the regional to qualify for the state finals March 5-7.

Skiver entered the postseason with more than 30 wins. He’s been happy with the progress he’s made since the season started.

“It didn’t start out perfectly, but it’s getting there for sure,” he said. “I’m hitting it hard now.”

Skiver played football until mid-November and noted that the transition took awhile.

He’s in his third wrestling season and it’s been his best so far. As he headed for the regional, Skiver wanted to earn a spot at the state finals March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Various moves, including shots, have been helping Skiver this season.

“I got thrown (at a recent match) because I was trying something new, but I popped back out and I threw him back, like getting payback,” Skiver said.

Having a solid six minutes for a match continues to be Skiver’s goal.

Reed City lost in the district final to Chippewa Hills to end the team season. But Skiver has been happy with his progress and it showed in the district final and at the regional.