Varsity B wrestling falls to a powerhouse Lowell team 45-27

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Junior Brandon Weiskopf slammed his larger opponent to the ground using a reverse head and arm, which resulted in a pin to give FHC points on the board; although the Rangers ultimately lost 45-27, the team showed glimpses of breaking through against an extremely solid Lowell team.

“My match went well,” Brandon said. “[My opponent] was a lot bigger than me, so he had the weight and height advantage, but I think good practice and stamina got me through [the match].”

The Rangers had four pins on the night, including one earlier in the dual from junior Cole Kaminski.

“I used a cradle to pin [my opponent],” Cole said. “The match was back and forth, but I caught him in a position at the end where I could turn him pretty easily.”

The two other pins came from freshman Evan Elzinga, who added another win to his twelve-match win streak, and sophomore Jhett Gavle. Junior Tommy Hendricks also won his match to earn the team 3 points.

Evan controlled his match for a significant time and was able to pin his opponent with just a half second left in the period.

“I’m really excited about the way Evan has been wrestling,” head coach Brad Anderson said. “Our young kids are wrestling really well right now.”

With the season coming to a close soon, the varsity B team will be the future of the program; the team has certainly wrestled well this year and seems to be ready for the challenge in the upcoming years.

“[The varsity B team] has competed very well this year,” Anderson said. “These kids are the future of our program; today they got to wrestle in our home gym, and a couple guys got some exciting wins.”

The Rangers’ next meet will be their last, as they go to Forest Hills Northern to compete in the conference tournament.

“Some of these guys just have to pull the trigger and attack at the conference tournament; they’ve got to have some confidence in their shots and takedown,” Anderson said. “There’s also some little mistakes that cost them big time, so we just have to work on those little things and hopefully turn those around.”

The whole program, especially the varsity B team, is highly praised and respected by Anderson.

“Our guys are incredibly close, and they stick together,” Anderson said. “Win or lose, our guys care about each other; they root for one another. It is a really special team to be a part of because the varsity guys, the JV guys, and the ladies all love each other. [Other] teams better watch out the rest of this year and for the next few years.”

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