Fraser High’s Joshua Brady, left, wrestles an opponent from Warren De La Salle during a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7. De La Salle beat the Ramblers before going on to win a district championship.

Fraser High’s Joshua Brady, left, wrestles an opponent from Warren De La Salle during a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7. De La Salle beat the Ramblers before going on to win a district championship.

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Fraser High wrestling team has its season end at district tournament

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published February 12, 2018

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley wrestler Ryan Lee has a hold on an opponent during a match earlier this season.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley wrestler Ryan Lee has a hold on an opponent during a match earlier this season.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FRASER — The team portion of Fraser High’s wrestling season ended with a 36-33 loss to Warren De La Salle in a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7 at home.

De La Salle went on to beat Roseville High 49-21 to win a district championship.

“We had a decent season,” Fraser coach Rick Julien said. “We wrestled a nice, tough schedule. We held our own. … All in all, I’m very happy.”

Fraser had won two straight district titles and fell in the regional round to Macomb Dakota each time. 

Julien noted that he was without a full squad this time around at the district level.

“Without losing anybody, I expected to go and get our usual match with Dakota,” Julien said. “I expected to get to the regionals and move on. It didn’t happen, but my goal was to go wrestle Dakota one more time. … The odds were against beating (them), but you don’t mind getting a shot.”

Fraser did end the year with a championship. The Ramblers won their fifth consecutive Macomb Area Conference division title, with the last four coming in the Blue Division and the one prior in the Gold.

“It was great,” Julien said. “It draws kids out. … Hopefully, it builds the program. Never gets old winning.”

Julien’s expectation is that next season will be a “rebuilding” one for the program.

“We don’t have a whole lot of experience,” he said. “We gave some of the guys some good experience this year. … It’s (going to) take a couple years to get us back to the elite part of our program, like we’ve been the last few years. … But we can be competitive as we move forward.”

 

In other local district wrestling news:
Dakota beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 65-3 in a Division 1 semifinal Feb. 8 at Dakota.

After advancing, Dakota won the program’s sixth consecutive district championship with a 59-16 victory against Utica Ford II.