Wrestlers reflect back on impressive achievements

REED CITY — The transition to high school spring sports continues with some teams finishing up with awards banquets and others looking ahead to the 2017-18 winter campaign.

Reed City had a memorable season, featuring the achievements of Ryan Simmons and Brett Walker, who qualified for the wrestling regionals as the main highlight.

Simmons, a sophomore at 112, entered the postseason with a 36-14 record. He had finished third at districts and was hoping to advance to the state finals. He fell short of the goal, but will pursue it next season.

“It’s better than I did last year,” he said of his district accomplishment. “I wanted to take first. That was my main goal. Third place is decent. I don’t get the first-place guy at regional, but I don’t get the worst. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst.”

He was pleased with how successful his strategy worked in his match for third place.

Simmons was focusing on his hand fighting and his bottom position in his late-season matches.

“I want to be in a better position to take him down,” he said. “I just need to wrestle the way I normally do. I’ll be relaxed.”

Walker placed fourth as a junior. It was his first time he placed in districts.

“I was happy, I was very excited,” he said. “I could have gotten third. In the match for third, I could have done better. I got pinned.”

It was Walker’s No. 1 thrill for the season. He didn’t place out of regionals either, but set that as a goal for next season.