Wrestling teams ready for action this week


REED CITY — Reed City’s wrestling team got in one last scrimmage Saturday prior to its season opener this Wednesday at Hart.

The Coyotes are also wrestling Saturday at the Kent City Classic Dec. 17 at Pine River in a quad and Dec. 20 at the South Haven Invitational.

The first home matches are Jan. 3 with the team invitational and Jan. 7 with a quad.

Reed City had a scrimmage at Lakewood last Saturday and the Coyotes had 20 wrestlers.

Thayne Steig was 5-0 at 145, Nate Fasbender was 5-0 at 152 and Matt McGahey was 4-1 at 130.

“Each kid wrestled five times,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Those three did the best.”

Steig expects to have wrestlers in all of his classes.

Meanwhile, Derrick Rasor has reason to be excited with the 2014-15 Reed City wrestling season.

The Coyote sophomore wrestled at 135 pounds in his weight class a year ago. He remembers coming back from an 8-0 deficit and pinning a Chippewa Hills opponent.

He’s hoping to improve from a 16-23 record as a freshman.

“I hope to wrestle at least .700 this year,” Rasor said. “I hope to improve in all positions.”

Escapes and reversals have been strengths for Rasor. He’s working to improve on takedowns. During the offseason, Rasor focused on weightlifting. He also played football.

Looking ahead this season, Rasor wants to get past districts.

“If I can get past regionals, that would be great too,” he said.

“We have most of the positions filled,” Rasor said. “We’re sloppy as some things and other things we’re good at.”

Central State Activities Association foe Chippewa Hills will be among the major opponents Rasor figures Reed City will face.