By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School senior Grant Gerstner re-injured his back in a semifinals match with Crater High School’s Chase Mackey at the state tournament and it left him with a choice: forfeit his next two matches and place sixth or continue wrestling through the pain and see if he could do better.
His next opponent was Aloha High School’s Maurice McSwain and Gerstner felt the pain dampen as he stepped to the mat. He beat McSwain by pin in the second round.
“It was one of my best matches of the season. In the third round, we were tied up and all I needed was a takedown. When he shot on me, I caught him to his back for a pin,” Gerstner said.
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