Dalton wrestlers won meets at Norwayne and Monroeville over the weekend. (PHOTO BY KENTON LEMON)
From left, Dalton senior Eric Miller, Coach Kenton Lemon, Coach Jeff Burris and junior Tate Geiser. Both Miller and Geiser earned their 100th career wins on Saturday. (PHOTO BY MANDY GEISER)
DGKN staff report
Dalton’s wrestling program is on a roll — and making school history.
Not only did the team have a great weekend, but two wrestlers reached their 100th career wins.
The Bulldogs traveled to Norwayne Friday for a dual with a strong conference opponent. Dalton won 50-23.
“Norwayne certainly has some top-notch kids throughout their lineup,” Coach Kenton Lemon wrote in an email. “They are a team that has 6 or 7 guys that could potentially be wrestling at the state tournament in March. It’s exciting as a team to get a big win on the road against another league school.”
One match in particular stands out as a marquee matchup, Lemon wrote
“Austin Ryder, ranked 6th in the state and Kaden Kidd ranked 3 in the state, was certainly a matchup that we were looking forward to,” Lemon said in the email. “As a coach, this is the kind of match that I want our guys to wrestle in during the regular season because it gives us a great snapshot as to where we are at with our technique and conditioning. Austin wrestled a great match and ended up winning 8-4 over Kidd. Austin is starting to really trust his offense and conditioning and I am just really proud of how far he has come throughout the last year and battling through not getting to wrestle at the tail end of the season last year.”
The win at Norwayne catapulted the team into Saturday morning. The team competed at a dual meet tournament at Monroeville with Garaway, Ashland Crestview, Monroeville, Vermillion and Centerburg.
“I knew walking in that we were going to have our hands full, but I told our guys to go back to exactly what we have talked about all year: Staying tough on our feet, and wrestling for all 6 minutes.”
They did that and then some, Lemon wrote.
Read the complete report in the Jan. 13, 2021 edition.