Dee is perfect at Jim Thorpe Duals
Salisbury wrestling coach Eric Snyder doesn't have the numbers he would like in 2012-13, but in the case of the Falcons grappling squad it's about quality not quantity.
The Falcons took a trip north to Jim Thorpe High School this past weekend to compete at the Jim Thorpe Duals to get their season started. The Duals consisted of 10 teams from all over the eastern part of Pennsylvania. Snyder knew his team as a whole wasn't going to get a win because of all their holes in the lineup, but overall was happy with the way his guys performed.
"I'm pretty happy with the way we wrestled today," said Snyder. "Obviously our numbers are down again, but our guys went out and wrestled extremely hard. All of our guys got wins today, which is real good for our team confidence. We also had some guys get down and come back to win against a good team in Cedar Cliff. Our 170-pounder Tyler Waterman and 113-pounder Zachary Adams were down pretty big and they both fought back for the win. That's the the type of things you like to see early on in the season."
A real bright spot for the Falcons on the day was 126-pounder Anthony Dee. Dee went 5-0 and is expected to do some big things this season. In his sophomore and junior season Dee was a fourth place finisher at districts, finishing sixth at regionals in his sophomore campaign. An illness last season hindered Dee a bit in regional action, thus ending his postseason run. Snyder and Dee are hoping to put together a solid senior year of wrestling, taking the next step to the state tournament.
"Anthony wrestled well today and we've come to expect that from him," said Snyder. "We're looking for some real big things from him this season and we're looking to build off his last two seasons where he's had some success. He's ready to go and we're looking forward to taking the next step to Hershey. He's more than capable and he's capable of making some noise there as well."
With the Falcons numbers down one might think that keeping the kids motivated throughout the season would be a tough task. However, Snyder doesn't worry so much about wins or losses as he does his guys performing well in their individual matchups.
"We look at head-to-head matchups," said Snyder. "We know were not going to win because we have too many forfeits, but if we look at our individual matchups from today we won our first match and we won our second match. I preach that to our guys, I tell them if we win our six matches then we're doing our job. The kids that we have in want to be here and they work hard. I really couldn't ask for more than the group I have."
113 - Zachary Adams 2-3; 120 - Nicholas Scarcia 3-2; 126 - Anthony Dee 5-0; 132 - Matthew Heiserman 2-3; 170 - Tyler Waterman 2-3; 285 - Peter Samy 3-2
Conestoga Valley 57, Salisbury 23
Coatesville 36, Salisbury 27
Cedar Cliff 60, Salisbury 18
Dieruff 62, Salisbury 19
North Schuylkill 49, Salisbury 18