Ward records 100th win for Reed City wrestlers

REED CITY — Saturday’s Reed City Invitational was special for Devin Ward in two unique ways.

He won the 171-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. The first win of the day was the 100th in Ward’s four-year varsity wrestling career.

He started out with a pin in 1:19 over Josh Munoz of Holland West Ottawa, then pinned Nico Urtado, also of West Ottawa in 1:27. He decisioned Ben Chandler of Manistee in the title match.

His key for success Saturday, Ward said, “was to be patient and figure out what they’re trying to run.”

Ward has a 30-6 record this season.

“Getting my 100th win has been a goal since my freshman season,” he said .”I’ve been dreaming about it and it finally came through.”

He was generally pleased with Saturday’s performance.

“I had some rough matches but still came out on top,” he said.

Ward agreed with coach Roger Steig that his title match may have been one of her better performances of the season. The Coyotes will end their regular season this week with matches at Lakeview Wednesday and Tri County Saturday in CSAA Gold Division action.

“It’s been good as a team,” Ward said. “We’re getting stronger.”

Ward is confident his season will continue to be successful.

“I have to be patient,” he said.

Ward said he’s had his best high school wrestling season “by far.”

But looking ahead, he wants to get out of districts and go even beyond that if he competes in regionals.

“I want to wrestle at The Palace (of Auburn Hills),” he said, referring to the state finals’ site. “That’s my goal.”