Dalton’s Grant Johnson, left, and Branyan Zaleski, in photo on right. See more photos by Drew Hugland.
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Dalton’s high school wrestlers had a “solid weekend” at Orrville going 6-3 as a team with wins against Smithville, Orrville, Akron Buchtel, Canton McKinley, Fairless and Canton Central Catholic, according to Dalton’s head wrestling coach Kenton Lemon. The team lost to Triway, Wooster, and Black River.
“Moving forward, we have some big dual meets left with Loudonville and Fairless Wednesday, West Holmes next Saturday, and State Duals the following weekend,” Lemon said.
“Overall, I was really pleased with how we wrestled,” he said. “This was our second time out in a dual meet setting. Our guys really started to understand how important it is to our team for each individual to wrestle their best match. I told our guys that if everyone takes care of their individual matches, we will sort the team score out at the end. This format is not ideal for our team this year because we forfeit at 5 weight classes. This weekend we forfeited at 6 weight classes. I think it says a lot about our kids to keep these duals close when we only filled 8 of 14 weight classes.”
Lemon noted the team needs to continue to work on mat wrestling “as this will be the deciding factor in matches down the stretch. I think we look really crisp on our feet right now which is right where we want to be.”
Standouts from the weekend included:
9-0: Eric Miller and Austin Ryder
8-0: Sean Geiser and Branyan Zaleski
6-0: Xavier Munsey