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WRESTLING

Reed City finished fifth

SOUTH HAVEN -- Reed City’s wrestling squad was fifth as a team on Saturday at the South Haven invitational.

The Coyotes lost to South Haven 48-32, but defeated Bloomingdale 54-18, lost to Portage Northern 58-17 and defeated Godwin Heights 62-18.

Adam Kehr and Dominic Garcia were 4-0 at 140 and 215 pounds. Devyn Ward at 145, Jared Shyrock at 160 and Matt McGahey at 119 collected three wins apiece.

Dylan Chrispell at 152, John Green at 171, Thayne Steig at 125 and Troy Giese at 135 all had two wins.

“I thought it was a big improvement from Wednesday (at  Big Rapids) to Saturday,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig.

This Wednesday, Reed City wrestles at Central Montcalm against the home school and Hesperia.

Reed City 2-3

REED CITY -- In action earlier this month, Reed City was 2-3 at the Meridian Invitational.

Reed City lost 57-21 to Caro, defeated Breckenridge 54-21, fell to Meridian 60-4, defeated Hemlock 39-32 and lost to Midland 36-34.

Adam Kehr was 5-0 to lead the Reed City attack. Devin Ward had four wins at 152. Dylan Chrispell had three wins at 160.

Reed City also lost recently in dual action to Greenville 63-16 and defeated Morley Stanwood 48-20. Kyle Lawrence at 103 and  Kehr at 145 were 2-0. Wrestlers that were 1-1 included Thayne Stieg at 125, Bethany Church at 140, Ward at 152, Chrispell at 160, Jon Green at 171, Dominic Garcia at 215 and Gerald Beemer at heavyweight.

“We’re young and we’ve got some catching up to do,” said Reed City coach Roger Steig. “I think our team will improve.”

Pine River third

MARQUETTE -- Pine River wrestling squad made the long trip to the central Upper Peninsula on Saturday and came back with a third-place finish.

Merrill, Wis.,  was first and New Lothrop second.

For the Bucks, Larry Kissinger was first at 145 pounds.

Tony Moore at 103, and Kyle Nixon at 135 were second.

Kyle Charles was third at heavyweight. Pine River was 2-0 on Wednesday with 78-0 and 71-0 wins over Mancelona and Lake City.

“Right now, the kids are wrestling well,” said coach Tim Jones. “Larry Kissinger in his finals match on Saturday beat a returning state placer and the boy that beat him twice last year. At 103, Tony Moore, for his first time at the tournament, got to the finals. That was impressive.

Pine River is at Montrose on Saturday.

BASKETBALL

Pine River 56, McBain 39

LEROY — The Pine River girls basketball team opened Highland Conference action with a 56-39 victory over McBain on Dec. 11.

The Bucks are now 3-1 overall.

Jamie Justin led Pine River with 17 points and three assists. Kassie Nelson tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Haley Raymond recorded eight points and six points.

Jandney Matson scored eight points for the Bucks.

“Defensively, we did a good job,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We did what our game plan was and I was happy with our bench play.”