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Four Eagle Wrestlers Win a Trip to State Tournament

River Fox stands on the podium as champion in his weight class (heavyweight) for Division 4 in Michigan, the first ever from Schoolcraft. He beat Jake Renfer from Manton High School 7-1 in the final round. Photo by Stephanie Blentlinger, Lingering Memories Photography.

By Mark Blentlinger

Four Schoolcraft Eagle wrestlers were heading to Ford Field on March 1 and 2 for their chance at making history, to become a state champion for Schoolcraft. Senior River Fox took the state championship at 285 lbs. Caden Sukich, Mark Fox, and sophomore Hunter Martens competed but did not make it to the final rounds.

River is in his final season as an Eagle wrestler. He has an impressive 50-2 record and is the number one ranked wrestler, at 285 lbs, in Division 4. Hunter Martens has a 42-12 record and was the only sophomore going to state for Schoolcraft wrestling. He competed in the 119 lb class. Mark Fox joined his cousin River, with a 41-10 record in the 152 lb class.

Rounding out the Eagle Grapplers is Caden Sukich, at 112 lbs. Caden noted that he was going in with an overall record of 47-7. He has also added to his resume, being a two-time state qualifier, two-time SAC and District Champion. He has been wrestling since he was 7 years old. This will be his 10th season altogether. He said he wanted to “thank all of his coaches both on and off the mat. They have been big influence’s in my life.” He stated, he “couldn’t have done all that he has, without the love and support of his family, over countless weekends and weekdays, doing what he loves.”

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