REED CITY — Thayne Stieg is off to a high-flying start for the Reed City wrestling team and the Coyotes are hoping that continues as the season progresses.

Stieg was among the Coyotes who went 5-0 at last Saturday’s Reed Invitational for first-place honors. Stieg is 13-4.

It’s his fourth high school season as a wrestler. As a junior, he made it to the regional tournament. Last year was his best season.

The 140-pound division is the highest he’s been at.

This season, Stieg wants to make it to the state tournament and is confident of his chances.

“I’m improving every day,” he said. “I’ve lost to some tough kids, but it’s been a pretty good season. From last year, I think I’ve gotten a lot better in every position.”

His bottom work is his most effective area, Stieg indicated.

“I want to get better every day on top,” he said. “That’s my goal.”

The Coyotes are 13-5 overall. They are home Wednesday for a dual and on Saturday, they are at the Gladwin Invitational. They will be at Newaygo Jan. 14 and at Chippewa Hills Jan. 21 in Central State Activities Association Gold Division matches.

“We’re doing pretty good,” Stieg said. “We’re young and we’re getting better.”