REED CITY  —  Thayne Stieg is confident his junior season will be the best one yet in his Reed City wrestling career.

It’s Stieg’s third year on the wrestling squad. He earned honorable mention status in the Central State Activities Association last season. His record has been 16-10.

“I started off pretty slow,” he said. “I’m getting back in the rhythm and starting to wrestle pretty good. I’m practicing hard every day and getting myself in (shape). I’ve had a few nice wins to help the team this year when we needed points. “

Stieg hasn’t made it out of districts yet but hopes to be a state qualifier this season.

“I have to work hard every day, stay in shape, work the halls hard,” he said. “I need to just shoot, be aggressive. If I’m not aggressive, I get scored on sometimes. I always try to be aggressive. If I’m on the bottom, keep moving and work to get away. On top, just try to run my moves to score.”

Stieg said he’s on the strongest Reed City wrestling team since his freshman year. “A lot of wrestlers are working hard,” he said. “Our mid-weight classes have a lot of depth. We’re struggling to get the 103s and 112s in here. Everyone here works hard. We can surprise anybody.”

Coach Roger Steig said Stieg is 18-12 this season as a third-year junior.

“We have high hopes for Thayne doing well in the state tournament this year,” Roger Steig said. “He’s been in every match he’s wrestled. He hasn’t had an easy trail.”

Travis French, a senior, has been at 189 pounds this season and is giving the Coyotes depth at the higher weights. He’s also wrestled 215, but indicated that 189 has been his best class and hopes to continue to improve.

He was 3-2 at the Reed City Invitational earlier this month that featured the team format. Another RC Invite is set for Saturday with an individual format.

French has been focusing on improving on every move to get ready for any matches he has coming up. He’s hoping the Coyotes have a lucrative postseason, including winning a district title.

Parents Night is Wednesday against Chippewa Hills.