Two Vikings qualify for wrestling state finals

Senior Joe Armstrong and freshman Logan Malonen advance to state tournament with 2nd, 3rd place finishes, respectively, during Saturday’s regionals
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.

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