Two wins, two milestones: Reece Ferrigan sets new GHS all time pin record, Cole Hibbard notches 100th win during victories vs. Charlevoix and Boyne City
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
As a team, the Grayling High School wrestling squad picked up two Lake Michigan Conference victories on Wednesday night at Charlevoix High School, putting itself in a good position to clinch a sixth consecutive league title later in the season, and two Vikings reached significant career milestones during the meet.
First, the Vikings battled the Charlevoix Rayders. Logan Joseph, at 171, posted a quick pin for Grayling. The Vikings forfeited at 189.
Reece Ferrigan (215) pinned his Charlevoix counterpart in the first round, tying Grayling High School’s all time pin record for a career (109).
In the heavyweight division, Nick Bluemlein won by pin in the first round for the Vikings. Zach Duncan (103) won by pin in round two vs. the Rayders. Joe Armstrong (112) won by default. Thomas May (119) pinned his Charlevoix opponent in the second round.
Grayling led 36-6 after seven weight classes.
Tucker Mertes (125), Andrew Hopkins (130), Nick Green (135), and Cole Hibbard (140) all won by forfeit vs. the Rayders. It was Hibbard’s 99th career victory.
Neither team had a wrestler at 145. Charlevoix won by pin at 152.
In the last weight division of the series – 160 pounds – Parker Dole won for Grayling by pin in the first round.
The Vikings won by a final score of 66-12.
Eli Bindschatel (171) won an exhibition match vs. the Rayders with a second round pin.
Grayling battled the Boyne City in its second and final series of the night.
In the first match – the 189-pound division – the Ramblers won by decision, 13-3, for four team points. Justin Bodkins (215) won for GHS by forfeit.
At heavyweight, Ferrigan scored a quick pin in the first round. It was his 110th career pin, establishing a new all time record for Grayling High School wrestling.
Duncan (103) led 1-0 in the third round in a hard fought match before scoring a late pin. May (112) also won by pin in round three. Mertes (119) and Hopkins (125) both won by default.
Grayling, with seven weight classes remaining, led 36-4.
Boyne City won by pin at 130.
At 135, Hibbard won by forfeit; it was his 100th career victory.
Grayling forfeited at 140 and 145. Boyne City scored pins at 152 and 160. The Vikings led 42-34 going into the final weight division of the series.
In the final match of the night, Joseph won a 23-8 decision, earning five team points for the Vikings. Grayling won 47-34.
Coach Andy Moore said the victories vs. Charlevoix and Boyne City – both of which are Lake Michigan Conference opponents – probably “solidified another conference championship for us.” The league title is determined by regular season conference team wins and individual placements at the Lake Michigan Conference championship tournament toward the end of the season.
“It was a good dual,” Coach Moore said. “We knew we were going to be tight with Boyne.”
Coach Moore said the “turning point” in the Boyne City series was Duncan’s late pin for a win.
The team also got to celebrate two individual achievements with Hibbard’s 100th career victory and Ferrigan setting a new school record for pins in a career.
“I asked Cole at the beginning of the season his goals and he said I want to help the kids on the team be better. He’s unselfish,” Coach Moore said.
Coach Moore said Hibbard has always been willing to move up and down weight classes as needed for the benefit of the team during his career.
“He is a workhorse. He just goes out there and works,” Coach Moore said.
Ferrigan’s second win of Wednesday night was the 132nd victory of his career. Of those 132, 110 of his wins were by pin.
“He’s an animal,” Coach Moore said. “What I like about Reece is he gets you six points every time. He knows how to get the job done.”
Ferrigan said he was motivated by being around the program as a kid and seeing the banners on the wall; his father, Joe Ferrigan, was the coach of the Grayling High School wrestling program for several seasons.
“It’s pretty awesome, Reece said. “It’s pretty awesome knowing my name is going to be up there with them.”
The wrestling team will compete in the Freeland Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 28. The team will compete in the Escanaba Invitational on Jan. 6.