Waynedale wrestlers 1st, Dalton 2nd in WCAL
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MANDY GEISER AND TAKEN BY GEISER AND OTHER PARENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Dalton’s Austin Ryder, Sean Geiser, Tate Geiser, Greyson Siders, Kaden Russell and Micah Boyer placed first at WCAL wrestling championship.
From left, Dalton’s Austin Ryder, Waynedale’s Jake Sundberg, and Dalton’s Sean Geiser placed first Saturday and grew up in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts together.
Dalton’s Sean Geiser’s 100th win.
Sean Geiser holds up a banner designed by Lisa McGinty and printed at The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News office surrounded by his wrestling family after his 100th win at Waynedale Saturday during the WCAL championships.
DGKN staff report
APPLE CREEK Waynedale’s wrestling team placed first Saturday at the Wayne County Athletic League tournament with a score of a whopping 228 and extended their streak to 11 league titles in a row.
Dalton’s wrestling team had much to be excited about. As a team, the Bulldogs earned 166 points. Northwestern placed third with 71 and Rittman and Chippewa weren’t too far behind with scores of 68 and 64, respectively.
Dalton High School brought home six champs and three third-place finishes, said Head Coach Kenton Lemon.
First-place finishers were Micah Boyer, Kaden Russell, Greyson Siders, Tate Geiser, Sean Geiser and Austin Ryder. Third-place finishers were Braden Everett, Bram McCourt and Lucas Oswald.
“I was extremely pleased with the way that we wrestled on Saturday,” Lemon said in an email. “I thought we looked prepared and hungry.
“Obviously, our goal is to win a league championship as a team. While we did not reach that goal I felt like we definitely put ourselves in a position to have success at the end of the day. We had six guys in for first and won all six of those matches. We had three guys in for third and we won all of those matches. It’s difficult to go 9 for 9 in the finals so I was really happy about that. Along with a championship, Sean Geiser got his 100th career win in his first match of the day. I’m really happy Sean got to 100 because that’s a pretty big milestone to reach, especially with our schedule the past two years.”
Sean Geiser has had his eye on the 100th win. He joins fellow seniors Austin Ryder and Tate Geiser who have both reached this milestone. Last year, Eric Miller also was part of the 100-win club.
Members in the audience were ready with their signs showing support.
“It just felt good to have a bunch of people around who helped me throughout the season,” said Geiser, who has been wrestling since fifth grade.
Read the complete story in the Feb. 23, 2022 edition and see more photos on The DGKN Facebook page.