Young Farmington High wrestling squad setting up a bright future

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published January 9, 2017

 Farmington High’s Anthony Averiette was 10-6 at press time in the 103-pound weight class. He’s part of the youth movement the Falcons are going through right now.

Farmington High’s Anthony Averiette was 10-6 at press time in the 103-pound weight class. He’s part of the youth movement the Falcons are going through right now.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON — This year will be a grind, a battle at every turn.

Al Beyar has no problem with that.

In fact, the longtime Farmington High wrestling coach welcomes it.

“This is a team building for the future — there’s no doubt about that,” Beyar said.

With 18 wrestlers on the varsity roster, Beyar estimated that nearly two-thirds are in the freshman or sophomore grade class.

“We’re basically a very young and inexperienced team,” Beyar said. “The goal now is to gain that experience and improve every time out.”

At press time, the Falcons were 3-11 overall as a team and 0-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Despite the record, one that’s reminiscent of a young and growing team, there have been plenty of bright spots.

Senior Solomon Johnson was 16-4 in the 125-pound weight class at press time and recently placed seventh at the Oakland County tournament. 

Junior Jake Justice was 18-3 in the 135 class and placed fourth at the Oakland County event. 

The youth has also been strong, as sophomore Donovan King was 17-2 at press time in the 285 class and was second at the county meet.

Fellow sophomore Anthony Averiette was 10-6 at 103.

“There’s a lot of potential here,” Beyar said. “We have some guys on the varsity who are really learning every single match. This is a group that could be very good. In the past, we’re a team that’s won this division. The ultimate goal is to get back to that point.”

Beyar said there’s no doubt that success as a team will arrive — all in good time.

“We’re going to keep working at it,” Beyar said. “We have to keep improving. We have to work at our techniques. But really, I’m so proud of these guys. They are doing everything they have to do to get better.”

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