REED CITY - Going into the upcoming 2021 season, Reed City wrestling coach Roger Steig has reason to believe his team can become serious contenders. In fact, with an experienced roster this time around, Steig's hopes might even be a tad higher than in recent memory. "I have as high of expectations for this team as I have had for any team in some time," Steig said. "We're going to be solid." Steig also said that he felt one of the biggest strengths RC has this season is there are no major holes to fill up-and-down the roster. The exceptions to this are former team captain Kellen Haney and Austin Fowler, both having graduated in the offseason. Steig said it will be difficult to replicate the leadership put on display by Haney, while commending the career of Fowler. "It is always tough to replace an athlete like Austin Fowler, who contributed over 100 career wins," Steig said. Reed City will return a slew of players from last season's team, including Anakin and Alex Andrus, Mason Johnson, Aaron Boucher, Chad Landis, Eli Johnson and Bryson Hughes. With its depth, the Coyote coach thinks his boys will be in the mix of top teams when the postseason tournament rolls around, even though Reed City might not be considered an obvious favorite to some. "Going into this season, most are looking at Fremont and Chippewa Hills as conference favorites," Steig said. "Even though we are young, it would be a mistake for any opponent to take us lightly. We will be in the conference fight." As far as the athletes are concerned, the excitement and anticipation is at an all-time high, especially after so many delays to winter contact sports. As a coach, Steig said the hardest challenge has been keeping the enthusiasm going during the downtime. "These guys are ready to get at it," Steig said. "It's like trying to stop a race horse at the starting line."