Vikings host wrestling team tournament on Saturday
Grayling High School’s varsity wrestling squad hosted a team tournament on Saturday, and the Vikings finished in 5th place during the event. They posted wins vs. three of their five opponents.
Schools at the tournament included: Frankfort, Ithaca, Lake City, Pellston, Whittemore-Prescott, Mancelona, Manton, Onaway, and Oscoda.
First, Grayling battled Pellston. The Vikings forfeited the first two weight classes (135 and 140). At 145, Max Halstead pinned his Pellston counterpart in the first round. Neither squad had a competitor at 152. The Vikings forfeited at 160. Pellston led 18-6.
Eli Bindschatel (171), Logan Joseph (189), Travis Phipps (215), and Nick Bluemlein (heavyweight) all won by default. Grayling had a 30-18 advantage.
Kylie Berringer (103) pinned her Pellston opponent in the second round. Joe Armstrong (112) and Zach Duncan (119) won by default. Pellston won by pin at 125. Jordan Wakeley (130) won by forfeit in the last weight class of the series.
The final score was Grayling 54, Pellston 24.
Next, the Vikings wrestled against the Trojans of Lake City.
Grayling forfeited at 140. Halstead (145) won by pin in the second round. The Vikings did not have a wrestler at 152. Both teams forfeited at 160. At 171, Bindschatel won by pin in the first round. The score was tied at 12-12 after five weight classes.
Joseph, at 189, won by pin in the first round vs. Lake City. The Trojans won by pin at 215 and heavyweight. Armstrong (103) scored a first round pin for Grayling, tying the score at 24-24.
Berringer (112) won by default. Duncan pinned his Lake City counterpart in the first round. Nick Green (125) won a 7-2 decision, putting the match out of reach for Lake City. The Trojans won by tech fall at 130. Lake City won by pin in the final weight class of the match (135).
Grayling won by a final score of 39-35.
The Vikings then lost 42-40 vs. Onaway.
Armstrong (103), Bindschatel (171), and Joseph (189) won by pin for the Vikings. Halstead (145) won a 10-1 decision. Berringer (112), Duncan (119), and Phipps (215) all won by default.
Grayling lost a close match vs. the Manton Rangers 40-34.
Armstrong (103), Green (119), Halstead (145), Bindschatel (171), and Joseph (189) won by pin vs. the Rangers. Wakeley (130) won a 22-10 decision.
Grayling ended its day with a battle for 5th/6th place vs. Ithaca.
Berringer (103), Tucker Mertes (145), and Halstead (152) all won by default. Armstrong (112), Green (119), Shelby Thomas (130), Wakeley (135), and Joseph (189) all won by pin for the Vikings.
Grayling defeated Ithaca 48-36 and placed 5th.
“Despite the fifth place finish, I thought we wrestled really well today. Both duals we lost came down to the last match. This will no doubt help us compete in the postseason,” Coach Andy Moore said. “I was really happy how Nick Green and Jordan Wakeley wrestled today. Both got us key victories. Joe Armstrong, Max Halstead, and Logan Joseph all went 5-0. Eli Bindschatel went 4-1 today. He continues to have a good season, scoring points in every meet this year.”
On Saturday, January 5, the Vikings wrestled in the Escanaba Invitational. Three Vikings won their weight classes, and two finished 2nd.
Armstrong finished 1st in the 103-pound weight class. After a first round bye, he won by pin vs. Westwood. In the semifinals, he pinned a Benzie Central opponent. In the championship round, Armstrong won by pin vs. an opponent from Bark River-Harris.
Thomas May took 1st place at 125. He had a bye in the first round. Next, he won by pin vs. St. Ignace. He won a 12-10 decision vs. Kingsford in the semifinals. In the battle for 1st place, May won a 5-2 decision.
Halstead won the 145-pound weight class. After a bye in the first round, he pinned opponents from Munising and Newberry to reach the championship match. In the finals, Halstead won a 12-6 decision.
Darrin Hawes took 2nd place at 135. After two byes, he scored a pin vs. Westwood in the semifinals. He lost a 14-7 decision vs. Iron Mountain in the finals.
Joseph finished 2nd in the 189-pound weight class. He won by pin vs. Escanaba in the first round. Joseph won an 11-8 decision vs. Westwood. In the semifinals, he pinned a St. Ignace opponent. He lost by pin vs. Iron Mountain in the finals.
Other placements for Grayling included: Duncan (112), 4th; Green (119), 4th; Wakeley (130), 6th; Bindschatel (171), 6th; Bluemlein (heavyweight), 3rd.
Grayling will compete in the Ithaca Invitational on Saturday, January 19.