Stieg reflects on district qualifying season

Thayne Stieg
Thayne Stieg

REED CITY — It was quite a season for Thayne Stieg with the Reed City wrestling program.

Stieg advanced to the regionals from the districts. His season ended in the regionals but Stieg achieved plenty on the mat this winter.

It’s his junior season and he qualified for the regionals the first time.

“It made my season. I worked pretty hard to get there,” he said. “It feels good to make it out for the first time.”

Stieg was 2-2 at the districts at 130 pounds for fourth place.

“I wrestled pretty well,” he said. “I made a few mistakes in some of my matches.”

The competition at the Chippewa Hills district featured “a lot of solid kids down there,” Stieg said.

Going into regionals, the emphasis, Stieg said, was “staying in shape, takedowns, making sure you wrestle smart and don’t make mistakes in matches.

“I think it will be pretty tough,” Stieg said, adding that the key would be to be “aggressive on my feet, on the bottom, wrestling smart on top and try to turn kids. I’ll be a little nervous my first match. After that, I should be all right.”

Reed City sent six wrestlers, including Stieg, to the regionals.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said. “You get pumped up for your teammates’ match almost as much as you do your own.”

Adam Kehr was the only qualifier to the state meet for the Coyotes. But it still was quite a season for Stieg and the Coyotes.