Birmingham AL – Dalton George's run at the Division II wrestling championships came to a halt on Saturday as he lost his two matches. After advancing to the semifinals on Friday by winning both his matches, it was a tough day for the redshirt sophomore from Williamstown, WV.
In the first match he ran into Nick Becker from Wisconsin Parkside the two time defending champion at 174 pound weight class. Becker showed the class of a champion and really was in control of the match from the beginning and ran out to a 16-0 technical fall decision.
George mentioned that his opponent Becker knew he was hurt going into the match. "He told me that he knew I was hurt and that I had a lot of guts to be out on the mat. I have been battling all season with a few injuries a meniscus has been troubling, along with pinch nerve. Yesterday I hurt my meniscus in the first match as well. I finished in sixth and was the first NCAA All-American here at Ohio Valley." George added. "I just could not wrestle in the 5th and 6th match I could have hurt myself more if I had."
With the loss Dalton fell to the consolation match where he unable to fight back because of injuries that had occurred the day before and was defeated by Nolan Kistler from California Baptist. The match was over quickly as Kistler took George down and quickly turned his advantage into near fall points finishing with a technical fall 18-0 with 1:09 left in the first period.
George will finish with 35-6 record while holding the school record of 16 pins during the season. He will have two more years to add to his accomplishments and he can't wait to get healthy and get ready for the start of next year of his wrestling career.