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December 18, 2013

Ferndale High wrestling excited about potential

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Ferndale High wrestling excited about potential
Ferndale High’s Louis Dubose works for a pin against a Clawson High opponent earlier this season. The Eagles have seven returning starters.

FERNDALE — Ferndale High senior wrestler Dominic Soave caught the bug early on in his first year of wrestling as a junior.

“It’s just kind of beautiful. Not everyone understands it, but if you’re a wrestler, you get it. The mat is where you go to be at peace,” he said.

Now, Soave is excited about sharing his love of the sport with the influx of freshmen who have joined the ranks.

“It’s really just getting used to (wrestling at first), because wrestling is so different, but once you have it, you have it,” he said. “It’s a great feeling having something to share with these younger kids with the little bit of knowledge that I have.”

With a roster of young talent and experienced grapplers, coach John Bassier has high hopes this season.

The Eagles are carrying 28 kids, including seven returning starters. There are only three seniors on the roster, but 11 freshmen. Out of that group, six wrestled at the middle school level.

“I feel that if you get six-10 freshmen a year, and four or five of them make it to their senior year, and every year, you’re doing the same thing, you’ll be a very strong program. It’s important,” Bassier said.

The coached thanked his assistant, Mike Crossley, for boosting the numbers up from 22 last season. Crossley is also the freshmen football coach and recruited some talent into the wrestling program.

Of the 14 weight classes, Ferndale was only missing a 103-pounder at press time in the starting lineup, but Bassier said there are some grapplers that could potentially fill that hole.

Going into an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division match with nearly a full lineup makes the Eagles contenders in any given match, but Bassier believes the Eagles can make a run at the title for different reasons.

“I think we’re going to be very competitive,” he said. “We have experience in the lineup, and when everyone is healthy, I think we can compete with anyone in the division.”

Catch the Eagles in the Oakland County Tournament at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Southfield High.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.