Six Vikings qualify for individual wrestling regionals
Three wrestlers from Grayling High School win their weight classes during District 17-3 tournament on Saturday
Six Grayling High School wrestlers – Joe Armstrong, Zach Duncan, Jesse Vandecasteele, Tucker Mertes, Max Halstead, and Parker Dole – qualified for individual regionals on Saturday with their finishes at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Individual District 17-3 tournament, an event hosted by Grayling.
Three of Grayling’s regional qualifiers won their weight classes during Saturday’s District 17-3 meet.
Duncan (112), a junior, pinned an opponent from Negaunee during his first bout at individual districts. He pinned a Reed City opponent to earn a spot in the championship round. He won a 10-2 decision in the finals to earn 1st place in the 112-pound division and secure a berth at regionals. The wins improved Duncan’s 2019-2020 season record to 33-3.
Halstead, a senior, pinned a Reed City opponent during his first match of the day in the 152-pound division. Next, he won by technical fall, 20-2, vs. Reed City. In the championship bout, he won a 10-6 decision vs. Gladstone to finish 1st. Halstead, after Saturday’s meet, had a 20-0 record for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Dole, a senior, also posted a 3-0 record during Saturday’s District 17-3 tournament. He pinned opponents from Negaunee and Benzie Central to earn a spot in the championship match for 171. He won a 7-6 decision in the finals to place 1st. Dole, with Saturday’s three victories, improved his 2019-2020 season record to 41-8.
Armstrong, a junior, finished 2nd on Saturday in the 103-pound division. He pinned opponents from Gladstone and Reed City to earn a spot in the championship round. In the finals he lost to a different Gladstone wrestler. Armstrong had a record of 28-5 for the season after Saturday’s tournament.
Mertes, a junior, started his day in the 135-pound weight class with a pin vs. Gladstone. He won by pin in his second bout of the day before losing to a Lake City opponent in the semifinals. Mertes won a 9-4 decision vs. Menominee to earn a spot in the 3rd/4th place match. He ended his day with a victory by pin vs. Kalkaska to finish 3rd. Mertes was 25-6 at the end of the day on Saturday.
Vandecasteele, a freshman, took 3rd during Saturday’s district tournament. He lost his first match of the day to the eventual champion of the 125-pound weight class. He posted a 15-11 victory vs. Lake City to advance into the 3rd/4th place bout, where he won by pin vs. Negaunee. Vandecasteele was 13-15 overall after Saturday’s tournament.
According to the MHSAA, District 17-3 included wrestlers from Benzie Central, Boyne City, Cheboygan, Gladstone, Grayling, Kalkaska, Kingsford, Kingsley, Lake City, Ludington, Manistee, Menominee, Negaunee, and Reed City.
The MHSAA’s Region 9-3 tournament will be held at Boyne City on Saturday, February 22. It will feature regional qualifiers from the District 17-3 and District 18-3 tournaments.