Wrestling team finishes regular season with 4-0 league record
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
In a Lake Michigan Conference wrestling match-up that came down to the final weight classes, the Grayling Vikings defeated the Boyne City Ramblers 48-30 on Wednesday night at The Wheelhouse in Boyne City.
Going into the meet – Grayling’s last regular season Lake Michigan Conference match of the year – the Vikings were 3-0 in the league standings. Five schools in the Lake Michigan Conference – Grayling, Kalkaska, Charlevoix, Boyne City, and Traverse City St. Francis – have wrestling teams this year. Going into Wednesday’s meet, the Vikings had wins vs. Kalkaska, Charlevoix, and Traverse City St. Francis.
On Wednesday night, the Vikings battled the Ramblers for the top spot in the league going into the upcoming Lake Michigan Conference championship meet. The league title is determined by both regular season conference record and placement at the end-of-the-season championship tournament.
The series started at 112, a weight class that Boyne City won by pin in the second round. At 119, the Ramblers won by pin in the third round. Boyne City led 12-0.
At 125, Nick Green won a 9-3 decision vs. the Ramblers. Thomas May (130) won by major decision, 15-2, vs. Boyne City, earning four team points for the Vikings.
Jordan Wakeley (135) won by pin in the third round. Grayling led 13-12.
The Vikings forfeited at 140. At 145, Darrin Hawes won by default.
Max Halstead (152) pinned his Boyne City counterpart in the first round. Grayling forfeited at 160.
With five weight classes remaining, the Vikings led 25-24.
Eli Bindschatel (171) pinned his Boyne City opponent in the first round. Logan Joseph (189) won by pin in the second round vs. the Ramblers. At 215, Boyne City scored a pin.
With two weight divisions left in the series, Grayling led by seven, 37-30.
The Vikings clinched a win in the meet with a first round pin by Nick Bluemlein in the heavyweight division. In the final weight class of the series, Joe Armstrong won by technical fall, 17-2, vs. the Ramblers.
Grayling won 48-30, giving the Vikings a 4-0 record in Lake Michigan Conference meets for the 2018-2019 season.
“I knew it was going to be close,” Coach Andy Moore said. “Boyne’s tough at the bottom. They’re full, so it was going to be close.”
“Honestly, that’s not our best effort. We were sloppy, but seven in a row is pretty sweet,” Coach Moore said.
Going into the 2018-2019 season, the Vikings had a streak of six consecutive Lake Michigan Conference titles. To make it seven, they still need to place third or above at the Lake Michigan Conference championship meet slated for Saturday, February 2. The meet will be held in Boyne City with a scheduled start time of 10 a.m.