Beilfuss remains diehard Reed City wrestling fan

DEDICATED FAN: Carolyn Beilfuss has been going to home Reed City wrestling matches for more than 30 years. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

DEDICATED FAN: Carolyn Beilfuss has been going to home Reed City wrestling matches for more than 30 years. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Carolyn Beilfuss didn’t grow up when high school girls sports were offered as they are today.

But when asked which sport she would have joined if she had the chance, the lifelong Reed City resident didn’t hesitate to answer.

“This one,” she said while attending a wrestling match earlier this season in the Reed City gym. “I don’t know if I could have been a wrestler, but that would have been my choice.”

Beilfuss had three sons wrestle at Reed City in the past. Today, even without any relatives wrestling, she still comes to home matches. At the recent Reed City Invitational, she was in her usual place, sitting in a chair at the corner on ground level.

“I’ve been sitting here for 36 years,” she said. “I just love the sport. There’s no other sport like wrestling. You go to state meets and these kids, people come up to you. It’s just family.

Reed City Athletic Director Kris Griffin said Beilfuss has meant a lot to the Coyotes’ program

“She’s been very supportive to the wrestling program, and comes to all of our home meets,” Griffin said. “She has followed wrestling since her own kids were in high school. Her oldest son graduated in 1982. She has been coming for at least that many years.”

Beilfuss has had plenty of relatives in other sports.

“I don’t miss many softball games to be honest with you,” she said. “I have a great grandson who is 14 who will be in the high school next year. I hope he will be on the baseball team.”

Still, as a sports fan, wrestling remains her No. 1 love.

“This is the only sport in my book,” Beilfuss said. “They work harder than any other sport.

“I give these kids so much credit that they can go six minutes. It’s not football or baseball that you have 10 other kids with you. It’s all an individual effort. I love it.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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