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HEAD WRESTLING COACH

Bret Peltier

Head Coach

ASSISTANT COACHES

Shawn Gilstorf

Volunteer Assistant


ATHLETIC TRAINER

Samatha  Molony

Samatha Molony

Head Athletic Trainer

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BRET PELTIER NAMED HEAD COACH

Congratulations to Coach Peltier on being named our next Head Coach. We are so excited to see where he leads this program! 


BRANDENBURG AND NIEVES EARN ALL-REGION

Caden Brandenburg and Isaac Nieves were both named to the All-Region team.  A huge congratulations to both of them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BRANDENBURG AND RYGOL NAMED TO HERALD'S ALL-AREA TEAM

Caden Brandenburg and Clayton Rygol were both named to the Herald's All-Area Wrestling Team.  Caden was named to the 1st Team at 152, while Clayton was a 2nd Team selection at 220.  We are so proud of them!


BRANDENBURG AND RYGOL PLACE AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT

Caden Brandenburg (152) and Clayton Rygol (220) both placed 4th this weekend at the SCHSL State Tournament held in Anderson.   We are so proud of all the work that they put in this season to become among the best in SC in their weight class.

 


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FALCONS QUALIFY FOUR TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT

The Nation Ford Wrestling team set a school record by qualifying four wrestlers to the SCHSL State Tournament.  Caden Brandenburg led the charge by winning the Upper State title at 152 pounds.  Mitchell Ladamus (126), Isaac Nieves (170), and Clayton Rygol (220) all placed fourth to qualify.  The State Tournament will be held at the Anderson Civic Center on February 25 and 26.


FALCONS TO HOST UPPER STATE TOURNAMENT

Nation Ford High School will once again be the site for the Upper State Tournament.  Wrestlers from all 20 5A Upper State schools will be competing to earn a trip to the SCHSL State Tournament.  The tournament will be held on February 18 and 19, with wrestling beginning at 6 pm on the 18th and 10 am on the 19th.


FALCONS DROP THEIR LAST TWO DUAL MEETS OF THE SEASON

After a weather cancellation of the region duals and  individual tournament scheduled at Fort Mill,  the Falcons travelled to  Boiling Springs High School.  The team came up short in both matches to Gaffney and Boiling Springs, ending any hope of making it to the post season.  The Falcons will next be in action on February 18 and 19 at the Upper State individual tournament.


FALCONS FALL TO CLOVER

The Nation Ford Falcons wrestled tough, but fell short in their 60-18 loss to Clover.  There were a few close matches that went Clover's way.  Winning by pin for the Falcons were Danny Gilstorf, Mitchell Ladamus, and Caden Brandenburg.  The Falcons will be in action this Friday and Saturday (1/28 & 1/29) for duals against Gaffney and Boiling Springs on Friday, and the Region Individual Tournament on Saturday.


FALCONS DROP THEIR DUAL TO FORT MILL

A depleted lineup mainly due to covid had the wrestlign team only send out six wrestlers, forfeiting 8 matches.  Caden Brandenburg had a technical fall at 152 pounds and Clayton Rygol had an exciting overtime win by fall at 220 pounds.  The final score was 69-11 in favor of Fort Mill.

The Falcons will be in action again on Wednesday,  January 26 at home against Clover.  This will also be Senior Night.


MONDAY AND THURSDAY MATCHES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

Our matches scheduled for January 11 against Indian Land and January 13 against Clover have been cancelled.  The Clover match will now take place on January 26 at Nation Ford.  We will try to reschedule the Indian Land match.


FALCONS HAVE A STRONG SHOWING AT THE BEARCAT

Despite bringing only nine wrestlers, the Falcons had five wrestlers place and finished tied for tenth place in the always tough Bearcat Invitational at Rock Hill High School.  Caden Brandenburg was our highest placer with a third place finish at 152 pounds.  Jake Moore was our next highest placer with a fifth place finish at 106.  Alan Minarro placed sixth and 220, Danny Gilstorf took seventh at 113, and Isaac Nieves rounded out the placers with an eighth place finish.  


FALCONS DROP BOTH MATCHES TO CHAPIN AND SOUTH POINTE

A depleted lineup put the wrestling team in a big hole in both matches as they lost to Chapin by a score of 46-24 and South Pointe 54-30.  The Falcons are now 4-5 on the season.


FALCONS PLACE THREE AT MALLARD CREEK

The Falcons had three wrestlers place and finished 12th out of 27 teams at The EB Memorial Clash at the Creek this past weekend.   Caden Brandenburg led the way with a second place finish at 160 pounds.  Isaac Nieves made a strong run through the wrestlebacks to finish third at 170, and Clayton Rygol finished fourth at 220.  The Falcons will take the mat next week in a home meet against Chapin and South Pointe.


FALCONS GO 2-1 AT BLYTHEWOOD

Despite missing three starters and giving up several forfeits, the Falcons were able to go 2-1 in a quad meet at Blythewood HS.  The team had victories over Spring Valley (38-24), Dutch Fork (37-36), and lost to Blythewood by a score of 57-21.  The Falcons are now 4-3 on the season. 

Both Varsity and JV will be in action this weekend at Mallard Creek HS for the EB Memorial Clash at the Creek.


FOUR FALCONS PLACE AT THE KINGSLEY CLASSIC

The wrestling team had four wrestlers place this weekend at The Kingsley Classic hosted by Fort Mill HS.  Clayton Rygol led the way with a second place finish at 220 pounds.  Dalton Curtsinger (132), Caden Brandenburg (160), and Isaac Nieves (170) all placed third.  

The Falcons will be back in action on Wednesday, December 15 in a tri meet at Blythewood HS.


FALCONS SPLIT TRI MEET WITH BUFORD AND LANCASTER

The Falcons travelled to Buford HS on Tuesday to take on the host school and Lancaster.  In the first match, the Falcons beat Buford 45-25.  In the second match, the four forfeits given up were too much to overcome as we fell 39-34 to Lancaster. 

Varsity and JV will both be in action this weekend, with JV at Olympic HS on Friday for the Trojan JV Scramble and Varsity at the Kingsley Classic Friday and Saturday at Fort Mill HS.


BRANDENBURG TAKES SIXTH AT THE SOUTHERN SLAM

The Nation Ford wrestling team travelled to Eastside High School this past weekend for The Southern Slam, one of the toughest tournaments in South Carolina.  Leading the way was senior Caden Brandenburg with a sixth place finish at 160 pounds.  Also having strong performances were Isaac Nieves (170) and Clayton Rygol (220) who both came one win shy of placing.

The team will be in action again on December 7 at Buford HS for a tri meet with the host school and Lancaster.


FALCONS SPLIT SEASON-OPENING TRI MEET

The wrestling team opened up the season at home with a win over Andrew Jackson High School and a loss to Catawba Ridge.  In the first match, the Falcons defeated Andrew Jackson 66-9 before falling to Catawba Ridge 46-24.  The Falcons will travel to Eastside HS on December 3 and 4 for The Summer Slam.


HOME OPENER DECEMBER 1ST!!!

We open up our season at home in a tri meet with Catawba Ridge and Andrew Jackson.  The first match between Catawba Ridge and Andrew Jackson starts at 6 pm.  That will be followed by Nation Ford vs. Andrew Jackson, and the night will finish with Nation Ford going up against Catawba Ridge.  Tickets can be purchased here: https://gofan.co/app/events/460176?schoolId=SC12429

 


MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLING STARTS ON NOVEMBER 8

The Nation Ford Middle School Wrestling program will start on November 8 at 6:30 pm in the Nation Ford HS Wrestling Room.  Please have a current physical and forms uploaded on Planet HS.  This program is for 7th and 8th graders who are zoned for Nation Ford High School only.  Email Tony Forte at fortea@fmsdmail.org with any questions.

 


YOUTH WRESTLING STARTS NOVEMBER 9th!

Our Youth Wrestling Program will be starting up on November 9th.  Practices will run Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8pm in the Nation Ford Wrestling Room.  You can register at any practice.  If you have any questions, you can email Tony Forte at fortea@fmsdmail.org or Tony Holifield at tholifield5@gmail.com.  The registration packet is linked below.


NOW TAKING DONATIONS TO PURCHASE A NEW MAT

Families and friends- we’re raising money to go towards a new wrestling mat. The one we currently compete on is old and worn with holes and paint stains.  A new mat will be a great addition to our program- the kids deserve it!  Contact Coach Forte via email at fortea@fmsdmail.org if you would like to make a tax deductible donation.



TENTATIVE SCHEDULE IS OUT

The tentative schedule for the 2021/2022 season is out.  Dates are subject to change or to be added.  Follow us on social media and continue to visit this site to stay up to date with the latest Nation Ford Wrestling news.


FALL WORKOUTS BEGIN August 23

Fall workouts for the High School team will begin on August 23.  Workouts will be after school Monday-Thursday until 5:15 pm most weeks.  All students must have a current physical in order to participate.  See Coach Forte in Room D110 or email him at fortea@fmsdmail.org with any questions.


LOOKING FOR SPONSORS FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

We are looking for sponsors for the 2021-2022 wrestling season.  All donations will go towards the operating costs of the program.  For more information, contact Head Coach Tony Forte at fortea@fmsdmail.org.


YOUTH CAMP WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

A huge thanks to everyone who came to our Falcon Fury Youth Camp!  We learned some wrestling technique and had A LOT of fun.  We hope to see you all this winter when we start our youth program back up!

Feel free to contact Coach Forte any time if you have any questions about our youth program or wrestling clubs in the area.

 


STEVEN JOHNSON NAMED NATION FORD MALE WINTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Steven Johnson was named the Most Outstanding Male Winter Athlete for this school year.  This is such a well-deserved award.  We would like to thank Steven for his great leadership over the years, and wish him the best of luck next year as he starts college at Clemson University.


THREE FALCONS EARN HERALD ALL-AREA HONORS!

Three Falcon wrestlers were recently named to The Herald's All-Area Team.  Steven Johnson was named to the First Team at 152 pounds.  Caden Brandenburg was a Second Team selection at 145 pounds, and Clayton Rygol was Honorable Mention at 220 pounds.  We are so proud of these three wrestlers!


STEVEN JOHNSON TO WRESTLE IN NORTH/SOUTH ALL-STAR MATCH

Senior Steven Johnson has been selected to the North/South All-Star Match.  This is a great honor, as the South Carolina High School Association picks the best senior wrestlers in South Carolina to take part in this event.  He will be wrestling on March 13 against Ryan Dobbs of West Oak.


STEVEN JOHNSON TAKES SECOND IN THE STATE

Steven Johnson finished a great career by placing 2nd in the State Tournament at 152 pounds.  He won his quarterfinals match by a major decision over Vince Del Priore of Chapin by a score of 17-8.  In the semifinals, he won a tough match against Rayshawn Springs of Fort Dorchester by a score of 8-5.  He lost his finals match to the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, David Hunsberger of Byrnes in the finals by technical fall, 22-7.

 


FALCONS ARE SENDING THREE TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT!

Nation Ford had three wrestlers place in the top three at the Upper State Tournament to earn a trip to the SCHSL State Wrestling Tournament.  Senior Steven Johnson led the way with a 2nd place finish at 152 pounds.  This will be his second trip to the State Tournament, placing 4th last year.  Sophomore Clayton Rygol earned his first trip to the State Tournament by placing second at 220 pounds.  Also making his first State Tournament will be Junior Caden Brandenburg, who placed 3rd at 145 pounds.  

The SCHSL State Tournament will be held on March 6 at Dreher High School.


BRANDENBURG AND JOHNSON WIN REGION TITLES

Caden Brandenburg (145) and Steven Johnson (152) both won by pins in the finals at the 5A Region 3 Tournament.  Placing second for the Falcons were Isaac Nieves (160), Clayton Rygol (220) and Ryan deLeon (182).  Ja'Derrick Foster (132) and Alan Minarro (HWT) placed third.  The team now needs to wait on the SCHSL to decide whether top three or top two make it to the Upperstate Tournament.

 


FALCONS SPLIT MATCHES AT CLOVER -- ARE NOW 5-4 ON THE SEASON

The Falcons beat Boiling Springs, and then lost to eventual Region Champs Clover to finish third in the region at 2-2.  After a previous win against Gaffney and two hard-fought losses to York and Fort Mill, the Falcons are now 5-4 overall.  Next up is the 5A Region 3 Individual Tournament at Fort Mill HS.


FALCONS BEAT WESTWOOD AND CATAWBA RIDGE TO IMPROVE TO 3-0

The Falcons beat Westwood by a score of 60-24 and Catawba Ridge 38-33 to improve their record to 3-0 on the season.  Going 2-0 on the day were Mitchell Ladamus (113), Caden Brandenburg (145), Steven Johnson (152), Isaac Nieves (160), Ryan deLeon (182), and Alan Minarro (HWT).  

The Falcons will return to action at South Pointe on Tuesday, January 19.  For the most recent schedule, click th above Link.


FALCONS WIN ON CRITERIA OVER BLYTHEWOOD 40-39

After finishing the dual tied at 39, the Falcons won on tie-breaker criteria over Blythewood.  The Falcons will be back in action on January 12th in a quad meet agains Clover, Gaffney, and Boiling Springs.  The meet will take place at Clover HS.

 


STEVEN JOHNSON FINISHES FOURTH AT SCHSL STATE TOURNAMENT!!!

Steven Johnson capped off a solid season by placing fourth at 145 pounds in the SCHSL State Tournament.  We are so proud of him and appreciate his leadership this year both on and off the mat!


CLEAR STADIUM BAG FUNDRAISER

With the rise in school districts requiring clear bags at many of their sporting events, the wrestling team is selling clear stadium bags.   These bags also meet NFL standards.  The Anderson Civic Center, where the SCHSL State Tournament is held each year, also has a clear bag policy.  You can stop by Coach Forte's room (Room D110) or email him to purchase one.  Bags are $10 each.


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