“In the tournament they represented Southeastern and Stokes County like real champions,” said coach Dean Smith about his wrestlers who came in fourth place and finished with a 6-8 season.
Eighth grader Michael Dalton in the 92-pound weight class ended his middle school career with a 29-1 record over the past two years. Ricky Gonzalez in the 122-pound weight class went undefeated, going 28-0 for the past two seasons. As a first year wrestler at 128-pounds, Paul Thomas Fischer went undefeated 16-0 and seventh grader Johnny Dotson at 134-pounds finished 12-5.
“These wrestlers and many of the others showed great leadership for the team,” Smith said.
The Warrior’s coach brings to the mat a love and knowledge of the sport. He’s coached wrestling for the past 30 years. He’s been at Southeastern for 17, at South Stokes for 12 years as an assistant, and spent a year as head coach at Winston Salem State University.
“I enjoy giving back to the students of Stokes County and being able to share the sport of wrestling and teach what self-control and family means. Wrestling has really helped many students learn how to handle responsibility,” he said.
Smith hopes his athletes continue to remember their mantra “We Are One” and lift each other up well after the wrestling season comes to a close.
“What makes this group special is how they pushed one another and made each other better wrestlers and individuals,” Smith said.
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