Unlike their older counterparts at the high school, who have just started the 2019-20 wrestling season, the Dawson County Middle School Tigers are approaching the end of their campaign. Upon the team’s return from the Thanksgiving break there are only two league matches remaining, and a win in either one will lock the squad into the post-season according to Head Coach Andrew Grigsby.
“We are tied for fourth,” Grigsby said. “If we beat Union or Clear Creek then we are fourth by ourselves and get to go to the area dual championships.”
Out of 34 wrestlers on the roster, 30 are sixth or seventh graders and coach Grigsby’s biggest concern coming into the season was the team’s youth and inexperience.
“We have a young team composed of 13 sixth graders, 17 seventh graders and 4 eighth graders,” Grigsby said. “Despite our youth we are wrestling really well. Our record is 7-5 with a league record of 3-2.”
Led by 155 pound eighth-grader Colton Schuette with an individual record of 10-1, each grade category of the Tigers has produced a “stand-out wrestler.”
“We have 3 standout wrestlers Landon Glander (sixth grade) at 72 pounds, Landon Barr (seventh grade) at 125 pounds and Schuette,” Grigsby said. “I’m not sure on the youngers boys’ records but each only has 1 loss and around 10 wins.”
The DCMS Tigers got their first chance at securing a play-off berth on Dec. 3 when they hosted Union County. Results were unavailable as of press time.