Fraser High, Chippewa Valley wrestling to compete at district tournament

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published February 2, 2016


FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In November of last year, Fraser High wrestling coach Rick Julien stated that the goal for his program was to “try to make it to Mount Pleasant.”

Mount Pleasant happens to be the location of the team wrestling finals, and it is the destination teams from across the state will attempt to reach.

The postseason journey toward that goal begins with districts, and two local squads that will receive their opportunity to be a part of the mix are Fraser and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

Fraser will compete at a Division 1 district tournament hosted by Warren Cousino at 5 p.m. Feb. 11, with Chippewa scheduled to wrestle at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at Sterling Heights High.

Fraser won a district championship as recently as 2014, and Julien is anxious to build on the success of a program that has won three consecutive Macomb Area Conference division titles, with two coming in the MAC Blue and one in the MAC Gold.

“That’s a fun time of the year,” he said. “I’d like to get by the districts, get into the regionals. I think the kids are coming on strong. They’re starting to buy in. If we get everybody at the right weights and everybody’s ready to go, then we should be very competitive. We got just as good a chance as anybody else if we have a good day.”

Although Chippewa Valley coach Scott Kolesky said it is going to be a challenge, it is one his team seems to be looking forward to.

“The team is looking forward to the district tournament,” he said. “We have our hands full with the three teams that are there. We’re considered to be in the mix there. May the best prepared team prevail on tournament day.”

Julien thinks his wrestlers are also ready to be part of the excitement that comes with postseason competition. And unlike years past, he noted that they don’t have to wait to be surprised about who it is they will be matching up against.

“With all the computer stuff nowadays, they can pretty much see who’s where, who’s predicted to do what,” Julien said. “Social media brings out a lot. When I was wrestling, you just showed up; the guys were there. Now with social media, they know everything. They know where they’re seeded in the districts, where they’re supposed to be in the districts. The computer says you’re supposed to advance this far. It’s a lot different then it was in my day. It’s an exciting time of the year for the teams.”

The other teams scheduled to compete in Fraser’s district are Roseville High, Warren Cousino and Warren De La Salle.

Sterling Heights High, Utica Ford and Sterling Heights Stevenson are the other teams in Chippewa’s district.

Wrestlers will also have an opportunity to qualify for the individual districts. Should wrestlers from Chippewa and Fraser qualify, the individual districts will be hosted by New Baltimore Anchor Bay.