Wrestling team falls to Gladstone 44-27 during district semifinals
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity wrestling squad from Grayling High School lost 44-27 vs. the Gladstone Braves on Wednesday during a District 166-3 tournament semifinal series that came down to the final few weight classes.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s District 166-3 tournament – hosted by Boyne City High School – featured four teams: Gladstone, Grayling, Kalkaska, and Boyne City.
In the first semifinal series of the night, the Boyne City Ramblers defeated the Kalkaska Blazers 51-24.
Next, Grayling battled Gladstone.
The Vikings forfeited the first weight class (152), giving the Braves a 6-0 lead. Gladstone won a 10-2 decision at 160, earning four more team points.
At 171, Logan Joseph pinned his Gladstone counterpart in the first round. For Joseph, it was his 100th career high school wrestling victory, a rare accomplishment for an 11th grader.
Reece Ferrigan (215) pinned his Gladstone opponent in the third round, earning six points for Grayling and giving the Vikings a 15-10 advantage.
Grayling had to forfeit at heavyweight. At 103, Gladstone won a 3-1 decision. Nick Green (112) won by default for the Vikings.
With six weight classes remaining, Grayling led 21-19.
The Braves won a 13-3 decision at 119. Gladstone won a 7-5 decision during the 125-pound match. At 130, the Braves won by pin in the second round. Gladstone led 32-21.
Max Halstead (135) won by forfeit vs. the Braves, cutting Gladstone’s lead to five, 32-27, with two weight divisions left in the series.
Grayling needed to win the last two divisions to secure a victory in the series, but the Vikings did not have a wrestler at 145. At 140, Gladstone won by pin.
The final score was Braves 44, Vikings 27.
“We knew we had to have a couple of things go our way to win and they didn’t. I thought we wrestled really well and had a lot of energy. Gladstone is just a little deeper than we are,” Coach Andy Moore said.
In the district finals, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Gladstone defeated Boyne City 58-24.
The Braves advance to the MHSAA’s Region 117-3 tournament to be held in Iron Mountain on Feb. 14.