Wrestler eyes comeback season

REED CITY — Matt McGahey is in his junior wrestling season for the Reed City Coyotes and is hoping for his best one.

McGahey was at 112 pounds last season. He’s been wrestling 11 years overall. He was disappointed with his sophomore season.

“I liked my freshman year a lot better,” he said, adding that in 2012-13, “I was down on myself and things just didn’t come together. It was a bad season.”

He qualified for the state finals as a freshman.

His goals for this year are “make it to state again,” McGahey said, noting that he did a lot of offseason wrestling work and also ran cross country in the fall.

The Coyotes open the season Dec. 11 at home in a quad meet. Other home dates are Jan. 4 for a team invitational, Jan. 22 for a CSAA double dual and Jan. 25 for an individual tournament.

“We have a very solid, a very athletic group from what I see,” McGahey said. “We’re going to have some good wrestlers this year. If we all work hard and stay focused, we should have several people going to state tournament.”

He’s hoping to have successes similar to his freshman year. He’ll be at 119 pounds.

“I’m good on top and I’m working on my takedowns,” he said. “I’m going to give it my all and I’m not going to be afraid to lose. I think that was my problem last year. I was too afraid to lose to the point where I did lose.”

It’s only November and championship postseason action comes in February when McGahey hopes to be at his best.