Sophomores leading way for wrestling team

REED CITY — Reed City’s wrestling squad is focusing on developing its youth and has two sophomore wrestlers in Thayne Stieg and Devin Ward who are getting the job done in an effective way.

Stieg is at 125 pounds. It’s his second season of wrestling.

“It (last season) wasn’t that good of a year for me,” he said. “I didn’t get to where I wanted to be. I’ve improved quite a bit. I worked a lot in the offseason to get better.” Last year Steig was at 112.

Stieg started at 5-4 with a 4-1 performance at the Sanford Meridian Invitational.

“I just need to run the stuff I like to do that I’ve been practicing,” he said. “It’s a pretty good start.”

Qualifying for the state finals is a key goal for Stieg.

“It will take hard work and make sure I get a little better conditioning,” he said. “I like to run the legs a lot,” he said. “That’s my best offense. I need to work on my feet, on my shooting,”

In the Central State Activities Association, Steig expects to see strong meets from Hesperia and Big Rapids.

As a team, “we’re doing all right, we’re improving a lot each week,” Steig said. “We have a lot of good young wrestlers.”

Ward is at 152 pounds and is returner from last season.

“I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “It’s my 10th year of wrestling.”

Ward also started out at 5-4 with a 4-1 record at Sanford Meridian.

“I just wanted to stick it out, fight to the end and don’t give up,” Ward said. “I want to make it to state. I want to train my hardest and be the best I can be. I can move people around pretty well.”

Ward wants to work on his defense. He has high hopes for the team. “Our upper weight classes are pretty good,” Ward said.