Fraser High wrestler reflects on winning county championship

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 9, 2017

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FRASER — Fraser High senior wrestler Danny Pfeffer recently entered some rare territory when he took first place in the 145-pound weight class at the Macomb County Invitational Classic, which took place Dec. 16-17.

According to Fraser coach Rick Julien, Pfeffer was the school’s first county champion since his son, Kevin, accomplished the same feat in 2005.

Pfeffer finished runner-up his first three seasons before finally breaking through to win a county title in what was his last chance to do so.

“It was a really good feeling, because the second person isn’t really the one that gets all kinds of glory,” Pfeffer said. “But now, when they call back the county champs, I’ll be able to go back and be like, ‘Yeah, I did win a county (championship).’ Nobody can take that from me.”

As impressive as Pfeffer’s feat was, he isn’t prepared to settle. The progress he has made since last season has helped to increase his expectations for himself.

While Pfeffer has qualified for the state finals three consecutive years, he has yet to finish All-State, which is a top-eight finish in the tournament. 

Aside from his aspiration to change that, he has an even loftier ambition. At press time, he was 16-0 with 160 wins.

“One of my big goals is, I don’t (want to) lose a match this year,” Pfeffer said. “That’s probably my biggest goal.”

Julien likes his senior’s prospects.

“He’s been wrestling real well this year,” the coach said. “He’s got as much chance as anybody else to place high in the state, if not win it.”

For as tough a sport as wrestling is, it is also one that can help develop the character of those who choose to participate.

Pfeffer cited the benefits he has received as a result of his time on the mat.

“I love being able to go out there, face my problems head-on,” he said. “Winning’s always great, but if you lose and you learn something, you still win.”

Pfeffer knows what he wants to accomplish in his final season with the Ramblers, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to try to turn his ambitions into reality.

“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the future. Hopefully it’s a bright future.”

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