Reed City ends Big Rapids' team wrestling season

Local teams gear up for individual districts on Saturday

REED CITY – Big Rapids assistant wrestling coach Dan Sleeper knew Thursday’s Division 3 semifinal match against Reed City wasn’t going to be easy.

Because of short numbers, the Cardinals forfeited seven of the 14 matches and Reed City won four of the seven contested bouts for a 64-16 win to advance to the championship match.

Winning forfeits for the Coyotes were Hunter Fagon-Moyer (175), Bryson Hughes (190), Noah Morgan (215) Baron Bowman (113), Elijah Lentz (138) Andrew Kiaunis (157) and Noah McKinney (165).

Winning matches for RC were Wyatt Spalo (285) over Wyatt Meyers with a pin in 1:07; Carter Johnson (106) over Henry Cornell on a pin in 1:38, Myles McCarthy (132) with a 10-2 major decision over Mason Snavley and Izaiah Lentz (144) with a pin in 2:54 over Dawson Langsworthy.

Big Rapids wins were by Brett Root (120) with a pin in 1:38 over Jack Adrianse, Dawson Kilpatrick (126) over Brock Cutler 16-1 and Brody Sleeper (150) over Conner Ward on a 19-2 technical fall.

“We were coming in pretty banged up,” Dan Sleeper said. “Hopefully we can get some guys recovered for Saturday which is obviously the (individual) districts (at Big Rapids).”

Brody Sleeper is coming off some health issues and was happy to win.

“It was a see-how it goes match,” he said. “I think it went pretty well.”

Saturday’s individual district at BRHS includes the host school, Reed City and Chippewa Hills. The top four in each weight class advance to the regionals on Feb. 18.