Ferndale High senior Angel Defay-Marrero, looks to escape from a hold during a district semifinal match Feb. 6 at home. After winning a district title, Ferndale’s season ended with a regional semifinal loss against Redford Union.

Ferndale High senior Angel Defay-Marrero, looks to escape from a hold during a district semifinal match Feb. 6 at home. After winning a district title, Ferndale’s season ended with a regional semifinal loss against Redford Union.

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Ferndale High wrestling squad concludes season at regional final

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published February 19, 2019

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FERNDALE — The team portion of Ferndale High’s wrestling season came to an end with a 50-30 loss to Redford Union in a Division 2 regional semifinal Feb. 13 at Warren Woods Tower.

Tower went on to beat Redford Union 55-16 in the final to win the program’s fourth consecutive regional championship.

According to coach John Bassier, Ferndale finished at 18-7 overall.

“We’re very proud of the overall record,” Bassier said. “We did not wrestle very well I didn’t feel. And (credit) to Redford Union. Their kids were very aggressive and did a better job. But we were happy to be at the regionals. (We) wanted to be in the regional finals and see what happened.”

Ferndale came away from the season with what Bassier said was the program’s first district championship since 2001.

But despite all that the Eagles accomplished this season, going forward Bassier wants his wrestlers to reach for even further heights.

“Don’t be satisfied with just being OK,” Bassier said. “I want the kids to understand there’s more beyond, and they have to work a little harder.”

When asked about what he was most pleased with this season, Bassier was already thinking about some of the wrestlers he expects to return to the team.

“We have a good group of kids returning up through 140 pounds, so I’m very happy that crew is (going to) return,” he said. “We’re losing a lot of our veterans in the upper weights. … The best thing about this year was (a) couple freshmen came through very well for us and our sophomores improved a lot.”

Prior to this year, Ferndale had won two consecutive Oakland Activities Association Blue Division championships. Bassier would like for the Eagles to reclaim that title next season, along with having another successful postseason tournament run.

“We are obviously shooting to be league champs and go beyond the districts next year again,” Bassier said. “We have a good positive outlook for next year with the kids returning. We just got (to) fill in the upper weights. Got (to) work hard to get kids that want to wrestle and perform for us in the upper weights — get the big kids. We should be OK then.”

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