Reed City wrestling’s Ryan Simmons continues to improve

Ryan Simmons

REED CITY — Ryan Simmons is on pace to have an outstanding finish as a Reed City wrestler this season.

Simmons has been having a strong regular season as he gets ready for huge upcoming meets. He’s at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday and Reed City has its home invitational on Jan. 26. The Central State Activities Association meets is Feb. 2, followed by the postseason with team and individual district meets.

It’s his senior year and he’s at 119. He was 112 last year. He’s already passed 100 wins but has yet to qualify for the state finals, a key goal for him this season.

“I need to work hard and get more escapes,” he said.

Simmons was 14-2 after his first 16 matches.

He was 112 last year and is taking on the challenges of 119 this winter.

“I’m getting better at riding people more and taking them down,” he said. “I’m trying to get around 140 wins (for his career).”

His takedowns and shots “are working pretty good for me this year,” Simmons said. “I want to work better on escapes and getting away from the bottom.”

The team “is looking pretty good for being so young,” Simmons said. “We have a lot of new wrestlers.”

BIG RAPIDS 36, NEWAYGO 27

HOWARD CITY — The Cardinals picked up a win against the Lions of Newaygo on Thursday.Ashton Sova earned a win via pin and Carter Mortensen, Matthew Henderson, Kaelan McBride, Connor Randle, and Heaven Hurley earned wins as well.

“I thought our guys wrestled pretty good since we haven’t practiced the past two days due to school being cancelled,” head coach Bruce Hoffman said. “I can definitely see some improvement. We’re hoping to peak going into the postseason.”

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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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