The Fraser High wrestling team warms up before a recent practice. The Ramblers have won five straight titles in the MAC.

The Fraser High wrestling team warms up before a recent practice. The Ramblers have won five straight titles in the MAC.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Fraser High wrestling ready for another strong season

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 11, 2018

 Fraser High senior Jordan Winters works on takedowns during a recent practice. The Ramblers will compete in the MAC White Division this season.

Fraser High senior Jordan Winters works on takedowns during a recent practice. The Ramblers will compete in the MAC White Division this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FRASER — In recent years, Fraser High wrestling has been a program to be reckoned with in Macomb County.

The Ramblers have won five consecutive Macomb Area Conference division championships (with one coming in the MAC Gold and the last four in the MAC Blue) and have gone 129-25 overall and 27-0 in divisional competition during that span.

Despite all that success, the Fraser team that will take to the mat this season will have a different look than those from years past.

“We lost 16 seniors from last year’s team,” said Fraser coach Rick Julien. “So, we’re relatively young. It’s pretty much a rebuilding year. It’s been fun. Sophomores and freshmen are the majority of the team this year.”

This season, the Ramblers will compete in the MAC White. Although it is a division up from the Blue, and his squad is a young one, Julien isn’t backing down from his program’s standard.

“We’re believing that we can still go in and fight for our league title,” he said. “The boys aren’t ready to concede that yet. … We’re not handing it over to anybody. That’s the mentality we’re building is, we’re on top, let’s stay there and see what happens. All in all, I think we can compete.”

Although it may take a couple of seasons for the Ramblers to become all they’re capable of, in the meantime, Julien has thought about what he would like to see from this year’s team.

“My goal for the team is learn how to wrestle and get tough,” he said. “Enjoy it; have fun. … I keep telling (them) how bright the future’s (going to) be.”

Julien said that there are about 33 wrestlers on this season’s team. And although his wrestlers won’t have the same level of experience as those on other teams, they have some attributes that have garnered the attention of their coach.

“I really believe that I’ve got a group of decent athletes, excellent attitudes, and they’re tough kids,” Julien said. “They’re a group (of) some tough kids that are willing to learn. They know they’re (going to) take some bumps and bruises.”

Julien said he has 36 years in as a wrestling coach, with this being his 20th at Fraser.

But even with all his experience, he said he still gets excited and nervous. And there is perhaps an even better reason for Julien to keep at this coaching thing for a while.

“I still enjoy being around the kids,” he said. “We lift together; we talk together.”

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