Mats out for Borderite wrestling season

JSP_5189By Ian Ferguson

Practice for winter sports began this week, and the wrestling team is looking as strong as it ever has.

Eight veterans of the state tournament return to lead the team this year, including five who earned medals at the Tacoma Dome. Seniors Caleb and Anthony Frey, along with junior Riley Fritsch, are two-time state medalists. Caleb Frey has fourth and second place medals to his name. Anthony Frey earned fifth and seventh place medals, and Fritsch placed sixth and fifth at state. Juniors Colton Economy and Derreck Camba are one-time state medalists, placing third and seventh last year, respectively.

Rounding out the state veteran athletes are seniors Stuey Rasar and Preston Bellville, and junior Eric Davis. Other standouts early on include returning lettermen Saul Magallon (junior), Tristan Alanis (sophomore) Trevin Brady (senior), Caleb Bullard (sophomore), Garrison Folk (sophomore) and Mathew Macauley (junior). Several other promising wrestlers round out the team
of 37.

“We have a great mix of veteran leadership and talented young wrestlers, and the year looks very promising at this early point in the season,” said head coach Craig Foster. “The boys are a hard-working group, and the attitude in the practice room has been outstanding.  Fun times
so far!”

The team has a couple of weeks of practice before a busy start to the season, with tournaments in Sedro-Woolley, Everett and Mount Baker leading up to the always-thrilling Battle at the Border home tournament on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12.

The first tournament is the Spud Walley Invite at Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, December 5. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. The first conference meet is at Mount Baker on Wednesday, December 9.  The meet begins at 7 p.m.

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