Wrestling team moves to 3-0 in league with 55-12 victory vs. Blazers
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity wrestling team from Grayling High School improved its record in Lake Michigan Conference meets to 3-0 with a 55-12 victory vs. the Kalkaska Blazers on Wednesday night during a series hosted by the Vikings.
They started at the 152-pound weight class. Max Halstead won it for Grayling with a pin in the first round, giving the Vikings an early 6-0 lead.
Neither squad had a wrestler at 160. Eli Bindschatel, at 171, won by default for Grayling. Both squads forfeited at 189.
Logan Joseph (215) won by pin vs. Kalkaska in the first round. Nick Bluemlein (heavyweight) pinned his Kalkaska counterpart in the second round.
Joe Armstrong (103) won by default. Zach Duncan, at 112, won a 9-5 decision. Nick Green (119) won by default. The Vikings had a 39-0 lead.
Thomas May (125) pinned his Blazers opponent in the third round. Shelby Thomas (130) won by pin in the second round vs. Kalkaska.
The Blazers won by pin at 135. At 140, Darrin Hawes won for Grayling with a 14-2 decision. The Vikings forfeited at 145 (the last weight class of the series).
Grayling won 55-12.
Coach Andy Moore said he was expecting a closer match, and he was happy with how his team performed vs. the Blazers.
“I really like what we’re doing right now. Tonight we came out and took it right to them. That’s Grayling wrestling right there,” Coach Moore said.
“Thomas May’s match was beautiful. Thomas has been wrestling well the last couple of weeks. Zach Duncan has been wrestling that kid up all year. He’s doing the job. Really impressive,” Coach Moore said. “We got almost every kid a match tonight. That worked out well.”
Wednesday night’s victory vs. Kalkaska was Grayling’s third league win of the season. Grayling also defeated Traverse City St. Francis and Charlevoix earlier in the year. The last conference team the Vikings will face this season is Boyne City. Grayling will battle the Ramblers on Wednesday, January 23, at 6 p.m. at Boyne City High School.
The Lake Michigan Conference title is determined by both regular season record in team match-ups and the league’s individual championship meet at the end of the season. This year’s Lake Michigan Conference championship meet is slated for Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. in Boyne City. The Vikings have won the last six LMC championships.