Wrestling coach Kyle Tucker is pictured with kids on his team. Tucker launched the Fraser Wrestling Club for youth from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Wrestling coach Kyle Tucker is pictured with kids on his team. Tucker launched the Fraser Wrestling Club for youth from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Launch of youth wrestling team could have major impact for Fraser High

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 17, 2019

 Colton Tucker, 7, is pictured at practice. The club is expected to be a feeder program for Fraser High.

Colton Tucker, 7, is pictured at practice. The club is expected to be a feeder program for Fraser High.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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FRASER — A strong argument can be made that one of the things that separates elite sports teams from those that aren’t is having strong feeder programs in place.

In the case of high school sports, one of the primary purposes of a feeder program is to have student-athletes prepared and ready by the time they reach the varsity level.

Although freshman and JV teams can help accomplish that, some programs have the advantage of having a feeder system in place before kids even reach high school.

The stage has now been set for Fraser High wrestling to have such an advantage.

Former Fraser assistant coach Kyle Tucker recently launched the Fraser Wrestling Club, and with local kids from kindergarten through eighth grade having the chance to participate, the Ramblers’ wrestling program may have unprecedented opportunities ahead.

“We’re getting a lot (of) kids at ninth and 10th grade that (want to) wrestle, but we have to teach all the basics,” Tucker said. “That eats up a lot (of) time, a lot (of) training hours. … So, instead of taking a ninth and 10th grade year and teaching you that, we can teach it at a younger level.”

Tucker said there are about 25 kids on the roster. The club will compete in individual tournaments in Macomb County as part of a youth wrestling association.

Practices have already begun, with the first competition set to take place around Christmas.

Of the kids on the team, Tucker said about four or five have wrestled before, which means that in his first role as a head coach, he gets to teach the fundamental principles of wrestling.

“For me as a coach, I’m very excited,” Tucker said. “This gives me a foundation to build from. … These kids are here willing to learn. Start from scratch, and build it from there. … If we build a foundation, we can only get better from there.”

Getting better could mean eventually competing at the same level with schools like Macomb Dakota and New Baltimore Anchor Bay.

“We’re really like a novice program, just getting our foot in the door with the wrestling community, as far as a youth program,” Tucker said. “We (want to) compete with those big, powerhouse schools, like Dakota, Anchor Bay. Those have great feeder programs. We’re hoping one day we can be as elite as those guys are.”

From Tucker’s perspective, wrestling is a sport that can help teach discipline, self-respect, and about winning and losing.

It just so happens that the group he has to work with might be apt to absorb the lessons wrestling can teach.

“These kids, eyes are focused, they’re so willing to learn, they’re so willing to go the extra mile,” Tucker said.

For more information, email fwc.myway@gmail.com.

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