Wrestling team starts season with one win, one loss during home meet
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
I was pretty pleased with the effort. A lot of work to do, but the effort was there. We’re young and we definitely learned from this today.” – Andy Moore, Grayling High School Wrestling Coach
Grayling High School’s varsity wrestling squad opened its 2016-2017 season with one win and one loss during a meet hosted by the Vikings on Wednesday night. The meet featured four teams: Grayling, Petoskey, Meridian, and Sault. Ste. Marie.
The Vikings wrestled against the Petoskey Northmen and the Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils during the event.
First, Petoskey. It was a battle that would come down to the final weight class.
In the first scheduled bout, 152 pounds, both teams forfeited. At 160, Petoskey won by pin. At 171, the Northmen won a 9-7 decision. Petoskey led 9-0.
Tyler Withers (189) won 4-1 vs. his Petoskey counterpart. The Northmen won by pin in the 215-pound division. Justin Bodkins won for Grayling at heavyweight by default. The Vikings forfeited at 103.
The Northmen had a 21-9 advantage.
Andrew Hopkins (112) won by pin in the second round vs. Petoskey. At 119, the Northmen won by pin.
Freshman Max Halstead won by pin at 125 in his first varsity match for Grayling High School. Cole Hibbard (130) won an 8-2 decision for the Vikings vs. Petoskey. Tim Burr won by default for Grayling in the 135-pound weight class.
The Vikings led 30-27 with two weight classes remaining.
At 140, Petoskey won by decision, 17-5, to earn four team points. The Northmen led 31-30 going into the last bout of the series.
Petoskey won by pin in the 145-pound weight class. The victory clinched a 37-30 win for the Northmen.
In their second (and final) series of the night, the Vikings battled the Sault Ste. Marie Blue Devils.
Grayling took an early 6-0 lead with a third round pin by Logan Joseph at 160. At 170, Reece Ferrigan pinned his Sault Ste. Marie counterpart in the first round. Withers (189) also won by pin.
The Vikings led 18-0.
The Blue Devils won an 8-1 decision at 215. Grayling forfeited at heavyweight.
Both teams forfeited at 103 and 112. No points awarded.
At 119, Hopkins won by default. At 125, Halstead pinned his Sault Ste. Marie opponent in the third round.
The Vikings had a 30-9 lead.
Hibbard (130) and Burr (135) both won for Grayling by default. The Blue Devils won by pin at 140 and 145. The Vikings forfeited at 152, the final weight class of the series.
The final score was Grayling 42, Sault Ste. Marie 27.
“I was pretty pleased with the effort,” Coach Andy Moore said. “A lot of work to do, but the effort was there.”
In the Petoskey series, the Vikings lost a couple of weight classes that they expected to win, Coach Moore said, but the team was able to bounce back and win vs. Sault Ste. Marie.
“A couple matches go our way against Petoskey and we win,” Coach Moore said. “We’re young and we definitely learned from this today.”
The Vikings will wrestle in the Ypsilanti Lincoln Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 17.