State finals streak for wrestling team ends at 43 years
Tough day for us for sure. The boys wrestled well today; we just didn’t get it done. I think the pressure may have got to us. Time to start a new streak." – Andy Moore, GHS Wrestling Coach
It’s over. Going into the 2016-2017 season, the Grayling High School wrestling program had a streak of 43 consecutive years having a state finals qualifier, and the Vikings were hoping to make it 44 on Saturday at individual regionals, but it didn’t happen, ending the streak.
The Vikings had four regional qualifiers this year: Andrew Hopkins, Max Halstead, Logan Joseph, and Reece Ferrigan.
Joseph (160) lost his first bout of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Region 9-3 tournament by decision, 10-2. Joseph won his next match by pin, and needed one more victory to qualify for the state finals. He lost a 4-2 decision, ending his season. Joseph, a sophomore, posted a 34-21 overall record this year.
Ferrigan (215) won his first match of individual regionals by forfeit. He lost a 6-2 decision vs. the eventual champion of the 215-pound weight class. Ferrigan lost a 6-2 decision in his third bout, ending his tournament run. Ferrigan finished his junior season with an overall record of 45-10 and he passed the career 100-win mark during the 2016-2017 season.
Hopkins (112), in his first bout at regionals, lost by pin vs. the eventual winner of the 112-pound division. He lost a 6-1 decision in his second match, ending his season. Hopkins, a junior, also passed the 100-win mark during the 2016-2017 season. He finished the year at 33-16 overall.
Halstead (125) lost by tech fall in his first match at regionals. Halstead won a 9-4 decision to move within one victory of a state finals berth. Next, he lost a 10-3 decision, ending his year. Halstead posted a 44-8 overall record during his freshman season this year.
“Tough day for us for sure. The boys wrestled well today; we just didn’t get it done. I think the pressure may have got to us. Time to start a new streak,” Coach Andy Moore said.
Coach Moore was recently named Regional Coach of the Year, an honor voted on by regional coaches who are members of the Michigan Wrestling Association. The Regional Coach of the Year award is also a nomination for Michigan Wrestling Association Coach of the Year.
Coach Moore said it was a surprise; usually the award goes to a coach that wins districts, he said.
“It was surprising. It’s pretty cool. I’ve never been nominated before,” Coach Moore said.
“This award means a lot to me. To be recognized by the coaches from all over central and northern Michigan is a huge honor,” Coach Moore said.