Wrestling teams reflect on their accomplishments

REED CITY —  Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig can’t wait for next season.

The Coyotes will be returning some key wrestlers and Steig expects to see some strong newcomers from the junior high program.

“We were really young this year and inexperienced,” Steig said. “I thought we made some big strides during the year and are excited about next year. We should have a strong team coming back next year. We had good numbers come out from the junior high school.”

Alex Brummel was a state qualifier. Both he and Dylan Chrispell (42-14) qualified for regionals.

Those two had good records along with Jimmy Bywater (27-22) and Kyle Lawrence (22-16). Brummel returns next season while Bywater, Chrispell and Lawrence will graduate.

“We had some young wrestlers I thought made some good strides and I’m looking forward to having them coming back next year,” Steig said, referring to wrestlers such as Derek Rasor, Ryan Simmons, Isaiah Yonkin and Brett Walker. “Simmons, a freshman, had an outstanding season for us.”

Pine River

The Bucks won their second straight regional but for the first time, they won a quarterfinal match, 35-34 to Decatur, at the state tournament. They lost 55-18 to Hudson in the semifinals.

Joe Rigling, in the final match of the quarterfinal to Pine River, had a comeback for take the decision for the one-point Bucks victory.

“The season started off awfully rocky,” veteran coach Tim Jones said. “It looked like it may be an average season. We were having a hard time filling our weight. The kids kept getting better and better, and the next thing you knew, we were in the final four round at the state final.

“It was a fun group of kids to be with. We had great leadership with Josh Jackson and Nate Park. They were top notch leaders for the kids all season and stayed positive.”

Two seniors graduate from the lineup with Jackson and Park.

“We should start the season in good shape next year,” Jones said.