Seven GHS wrestlers place in top eight during Northern Michigan Championships
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
During the Northern Michigan Championships – an annual wrestling tournament hosted by Gaylord High School that features competitors from more than 20 programs – seven Grayling High School wrestlers placed in the top eight in their weight class, including one who ended the day as a first place finisher.
Reece Ferrigan won the 215-pound division, winning by decision, 9-3, in the championship round vs. a Gladstone opponent.
During his first match of the tournament, Ferrigan won by pin vs. a Traverse City West opponent; it was his 150th career high school wrestling victory. Ferrigan won by pin vs. Traverse City West and by pin vs. Charlevoix to reach the finals.
Logan Joseph finished third in the 171-pound division, defeating a Gladwin opponent 5-3 by decision during the battle for third/fourth place. Joseph pinned a Gladstone opponent in the third round for his first win of the day. Joseph also won by major decision, 13-3, vs. Mio during the tournament.
Tyler Withers finished fourth in the 189-pound weight class. He posted victories vs. Benzie Central (6-2 decision) and Roscommon (pin).
Cole Hibbard took fifth place at 130. He defeated a Traverse City Central opponent in the fifth/sixth place match with a 6-2 decision. Hibbard also won by tech fall, 18-2, vs. Whittemore-Prescott and he won a 10-5 decision vs. Mancelona.
Zach Duncan (103) earned a fifth place finish on Saturday at Gaylord. He won an 8-6 decision vs. Boyne City in the bout for fifth/sixth place. Duncan also won a major decision, 19-10, vs. Kingsley.
At 112, Thomas May finished fifth for the Vikings. In the match for fifth and sixth, May won a 4-2 decision vs. Oscoda. May started his tournament run with a win by pin vs. Traverse City Central. He also won by pin vs. Boyne City.
Andrew Hopkins took eight place in the 125-pound weight class. Hopkins won by decision, 2-1, vs. Whittemore-Prescott.
As a team, the Vikings took seventh place out of 28 schools during the Gaylord tournament.
“I was really pleased with the results of this weekend. Friday night we took some of the young guys to get them some experience. They all got four matches,” Coach Andy Moore said.
On Friday, during the JV portion of the Gaylord tournament, Justin Bodkins finished first in his weight class for Grayling. Nick Green, Eli Bindschatel, and Tucker Mertes all placed second. Darrin Hawes, Nick Bluemlein, and Joe Armstrong took third.
“Saturday’s tournament was the toughest field I’ve seen in this tournament. It is such a long day. I thought we held it together good to come home with a seventh place finish. We only had eight wrestlers, so they all had to step it up,” Coach Moore said.
“Reece Ferrigan getting his 150th win was pretty special. Not too many get to 150. It takes a lot of hard work over four years to get that many wins. He now has 152 wins and is 15 away from the school record,” Coach Moore said.
Grayling will compete in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Team District 166-3 tournament at Boyne City on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The meet is slated to start at 6 p.m. with a semifinal series featuring Kalkaska and Boyne City. After Kalkaska battles Boyne City, Grayling will wrestle against Gladstone during the tournament’s other semifinal series.