Boys varsity wrestling sends two seniors to the state tournament


This past weekend, six FHC wrestlers competed in Grand Haven to advance to the state tournament. Freshman Greyson Ripmaster, junior Will Richardson, and seniors Caden Jacobs, Mason Childers, Bryce Hysong, and Robby Frazer all competed in individual regionals in hopes of making it to the state tournament, where the best wrestlers around Michigan compete.

Greyson, Will, Bryce, and Robby were not able to advance to the next round of their individual postseason journeys as they were knocked out during the regional competitions. Greyson and Bryce both had a tough start to their day as they had to face some of the top talents in their weight class right at the beginning. Following that loss, both wrestlers had to try and crawl their way out of the bloodrounds to advance to the state tournament; however, neither of them were able to. Greyson was able to finish his season with a 24-5 record, and Bryce finished his season with an impressive 16-6 record. Will also had a tough path to advance as he had to face the number eight ranked wrestler in his weight class and a talented wrestler in the bloodrounds. Will’s season ended at regionals, but he will be looking to go even further next year. Robby also ended up in the bloodrounds after going 1-1 to start his day. However, following a back and forth match, Robby ended up losing his match to advance by a couple of points, ending his season as well. Robby’s final record was 17-10.

Caden and Mason were both able to advance themselves to the final stage of the individual postseason. Caden was able to continue his season of dominance as he breezed through his competition and upheld his undefeated record. Caden placed first at regionals and will go to the state tournament looking to, as he said, “take care of business and continue what he has done all season.”

Mason Childers was able to go 1-1 to start his day as well. Following an intense win or go-home match, he was victorious, placing fourth at regionals. Mason will have a staggering 24-6 record going into the state tournament.

“My goal is to do the best I can and place at the end of the day,” said Childers.

The individual finals for Division 1 will take place on April 3 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Caden will take on Saline’s Blaise Blastos in the opening round at 135, who finished fourth in his region. Mason, on the other hand, will take on Hartland’s Ethan Kinch, who boasts a record of 24-2 and finished first in his region.