February 11, 2014

Well done and best wishes

Dalton High School’s boys swimming and diving program has had quite a successful history and seen a number of top swimmers come through the program, including the 2013 Class A-5A state championship team and Ethan Young, just a sophomore.

And soon local high school wrestlers will try to make it six years in a row for an area state champion.

Young dominated in the 100-yard backstroke at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Facility in Atlanta with a time of 47.54 seconds, setting a new state record and garnering an individual Class A-5A state title. Young was also part of the state title-winning 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays with Taylor Dale, Taylor Mathis and Pierson Scarborough.

Young is already earning national looks with a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke at December’s USA Swimming-hosted Speedo Winter Junior Nationals meet. Accolades and congratulations for him are nothing new.

The local wrestlers head to the Gwinnett Center in Duluth this weekend. Northwest Whitfield sends the most, five, to the Class 4A bracket. Blake Hayes in the 113-pound weight class is joined by teammates Justin Palmer (120), Austin Taylor (152), Jordan Pittman (170) and Jordan Lewis (195). Dalton sends two, Dylan Carlile (132) and Sidney Wheeler, who tries to win his second state title in the 182-pound bracket. Southeast Whitfield’s Austin Allen is in the same weight class as Wheeler. Joining Allen in the state championships are teammates Omar Ruiz (120) and Tyler Brown (145).

In Class 3A, Coahulla Creek’s Francisco Sanchez (113) aims to become the Colts’ first state champion. In Class 2A, Murray County’s Clay Thornbury (195) goes for the gold, as does teammate Domingo Bautista (113).

To those like Young who have already achieved a championships, well done. To the wrestlers aiming for their own piece of history, good luck. We’re cheering for you.

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