Vikings fall to Braves in district finals after semifinal win vs. Ramblers
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
What a night. Lose to Gladstone by 15 and give them 18 points in voids. We had the number eight rated team in the state worried. By far the best dual match we wrestled this year.” – Andy Moore, Grayling High School Varsity Wrestling Coach
The varsity wrestling squad from Grayling High School advanced to the District 166-3 finals on Wednesday with a 48-30 semifinal round victory vs. Boyne City, but the Vikings fell to the Gladstone Braves 45-30 in the finals, ending their team playoff run.
In Michigan high school wrestling, there are separate sets of district tournaments and regional tournaments for teams and for individuals. On Wednesday, at The Wheelhouse at Boyne City High School, four teams – Grayling, Charlevoix, Gladstone, and Boyne – competed for the District 166-3 championship.
In the semifinals, conducted on separate mats at the same time, Charlevoix battled Gladstone and the Vikings wrestled against the Ramblers from Boyne City.
The Rayders won the first bout vs. the Braves, but they did not win another match during the rest of the series. Gladstone won by a final score of 63-6 vs. Charlevoix.
Grayling started its semifinal series vs. Boyne City with a 14-10 win by decision from Parker Dole (145). The Vikings forfeited at 152. The Ramblers won by pin at 160 and 171.
After four weight classes (out of 14), the Ramblers led 18-3.
Reece Ferrigan (189) pinned his Boyne City counterpart in the first round. Tyler Withers (215) won an 8-6 decision vs. the Ramblers. Zach Kelly, in the heavyweight division, won by pin in the third round against Boyne City, tying the score at 18-18.
The Vikings forfeited at 103. At 112, Andrew Hopkins pinned his Boyne City opponent in the first round. It was the last contested match of the series.
Nick Green (119), Max Halstead (125), Cole Hibbard (130), and Gabe Ervin (140) all won by default for the Vikings. Grayling forfeited at 135.
The final score was Grayling 48, Boyne City 30.
The Vikings battled the Braves for the district title.
Grayling forfeited at 152. Logan Joseph (160) won by pin in the second round vs. Gladstone. The Braves won by pin at 171. At 189, Ferrigan scored a first round pin.
After four bouts, the score was tied at 12-12.
In the 215-pound division, Gladstone won by pin in the third round.
One of the highlights of the series was the heavyweight bout, a match that Kelly won 8-4. The Vikings forfeited at 103. Hopkins (112) won by pin in the first round vs. the Braves.
With six weight classes remaining, Gladstone led 24-21.
The Braves won by pin at 119. At 125, Halstead won a 10-7 decision for the Vikings. Gladstone won a 12-2 decision at 130, putting the meet out of reach for Grayling.
The Vikings had to forfeit at 135. At 140, the Braves won by tech fall (16-0).
In the final bout of the night, Dole pinned his Gladstone counterpart in the first round.
The final score of the series was Gladstone 45, Grayling 30.
“What a night,” Coach Andy Moore said. “Lose to Gladstone by 15 and give them 18 points in voids. We had the number eight rated team in the state worried. By far the best dual match we wrestled this year.”
“Great night for Zach Kelly. Outweighed by 90 pounds and wins a pivotal 8-4 decision against Gladstone. Great battle at 125 for Max Halstead. That kid from Gladstone was strong, but Max battled to the end for a 10-7 win,” Coach Moore said. “Logan, Reece, Andrew, and Parker all came up with big pins for us against Gladstone.”
“Against Boyne City I thought we wrestled well. There were a lot of voids so it was tough to see where our mind set was,” Coach Moore said.