Grayling wrestler takes 2nd place at state finals
Max Halstead earns Division 3 medal at individual state tournament at Ford Field
Grayling High School wrestler Max Halstead – one of four state qualifiers for the Vikings this year – took 2nd place at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 Individual Tournament over the weekend at Ford Field.
Halstead, a junior, took 1st place in his weight class (145 pounds) during the Individual District 17-3 tournament at Grayling High School on Saturday, February 9. He also earned his 100th career high school wrestling victory during individual districts.
With the win at districts, he earned a spot in the Region 9-3 individual tournament at Kalkaska. Halstead took 2nd place at regionals to earn a state finals berth.
The MHSAA individual state tournament was held at Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League – on March 1 and 2.
According to the MHSAA, Halstead won his first match of the state tournament, defeating a Whitehall opponent 6-0 by decision. Next, he won a 6-3 decision vs. a Birch Run wrestler to earn a spot in the championship bout. He lost by pin vs. a Shepherd competitor in the finals and placed 2nd.
Halstead posted an overall record of 41-4 during the 2018-2019 season.
Grayling had two state qualifiers in the 103-pound weight class: sophomore Joe Armstrong and sophomore Zach Duncan. Both wrestlers lost their first bouts at the state finals. Armstrong then lost to a Belding opponent, ending his tournament run. Duncan won his second match, pinning a wrestler from Whitehall. Duncan lost his next bout, falling to Gladstone with a 10-5 decision.
Thomas May, a sophomore, qualified for the state finals in the 119-pound division. May won his first bout of the tournament with a 7-4 decision. He lost his second match 16-6 by decision. May lost his third bout of the tournament by decision, 5-3, ending his season.