Boys Varsity Wrestling
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- Game Date
- Jan 22, 2020
Fraser downs Ike grapplers, improves to 4-0 in the MAC White
Fraser wrestling coach Richard Julien might be setting the bar this season a little bit higher than previously expected.
The Ramblers entered the season with a young squad, with only two senior starters, but that hasn’t stopped Fraser from rising to the occasion in the MAC White Division.
Fraser improved to 4-0 in the division on Wednesday night, defeating Marysville 39-36 in the first match, before downing Eisenhower 51-21 in the second match.
“If you would have asked me at the start of the year that we could battle for the league title, I would have said we’re too young,” Julien said. “But they have worked hard and we match up pretty good with some of these teams. I am just proud of the boys. It’s a learning experience. I get hot on them a little bit, but they have to learn from their mistakes.”
Against Eisenhower, the Ramblers took advantage of four void wins, but also received wins via pin by Malachi Bernier (103 pounds), Eddie Williams (140) and Xavier Harris (171). Billy Pfeffer (119), Kynan Savoie (130) and Matt Mallory (145) each recorded wins by decision. Zack Wojcik (285), Leo Meatte (125), Daniel Echols (135) and P.J. Chabi (215) each won by void.
“This is a very young teams with only two senior starters and we’re 4-0 in the league and have a matchup with the Lamphere Rams next Thursday for the championship,” Julien said. “We have to get a little bit better on our feet, but that comes along with more mat time. All in all, I’m very proud of them team.”
Eisenhower received victories via fall from Logan Arche (152) and Justin Labon (160), while Reese Wiling (112) won by decision, and Josh Trudelle (189) won by void.
“Some of the kids with experience we’re a little impatient in the match against Fraser,” Eagles' coach David Drath said. “I’m hoping if we can keep these young kids out here, we’re going to be pretty good.
“Right now, our heavyweight is out because of an ankle injury and our 215 pounder tore his ACL and is out for the season,” Drath added. “We have freshmen at 135 and 140 pounds, but they are first-year kids. They’re very young.”
Drath said he only had three seniors wrestle on Wednesday night, but added that fewer wrestlers coming out have hurt the growth of his program. He hopes that changes in the near future.
“Today we had three seniors wrestle,” said Drath, whose squad fell to 1-3 in the division. “We have our club and we also have a Malow (Junior High) and Shelby (Junior High) club that starts next Monday. We’re trying to build from that. For some reason, three years ago our numbers dropped from normally having 45-50 kids on the team to having 23 kids on the team in one year. I don’t know why.”
The two wins improved Fraser’s record to 6-5 overall, 4-0 league. Julien said this team is making him believe more and more in their potential every day.
“I have always believed in them, but I didn’t know how high the expectation could go,” Julien said. “We now have a chance to fend for the MAC White title and we have most everybody coming back next year. I have some good wrestlers and they came up big tonight. I’m proud of everybody.”
Eisenhower fell to Lamphere 42-30 in the opening match, while Lamphere then went on to defeat Marysville 49-21 in the second match of the night.