Two Vikings qualify for wrestling state finals
Mon, 03/29/2021 - 11:04am caleb
Senior Joe Armstrong and freshman Logan Malonen advance to state tournament with 2nd, 3rd place finishes, respectively, during Saturday’s regionals
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Two Grayling High School wrestlers – senior Joe Armstrong and freshman Logan Malonen – qualified for the 2020-2021 Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals by placing in the top four of their weight classes during the Region 9-3 tournament held at GHS on Saturday.
Armstrong qualified for regionals with a second place finish in the 112-pound division at individual districts on Saturday, March 20. At the Region 9-3 tournament on Saturday, March 27, Armstrong started his day with a win by pin vs. a Chippewa Hills opponent. He pinned a Freeland wrestler in his second match of the day to clinch a state finals berth. In his third match – the battle for 1st/2nd place – Armstrong lost and finished in second place at 112. So far this season, Armstrong has an overall record of 26-3.
Malonen – wrestling in the heavyweight division this year – also placed second at individual districts on Saturday, March 20, to earn his spot in regionals. During the Region 9-3 tournament, Malonen won his first match, defeating a Farwell opponent by pin. Next, he lost by pin vs. the eventual first place heavyweight wrestler from Chippewa Hills. Malonen pinned a wrestler from Ogemaw Heights to earn a state finals berth. Malonen ended his day with a win by pin vs. an opponent from Hart during the 3rd/4th place bout to finish third. Malonen has a 26-7 overall record this year going into the state finals.
Senior Tucker Mertes qualified for regionals in the 145-pound division with a fourth place finish at individual districts. During individual regionals, Mertes lost his first two matches of the day, ending his season.
The individual state finals for Division 3 will be held at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on April 2, according to the MHSAA.