Nine Tigers wrestle at invite |

Nine Tigers wrestle at invite

ADAM BOFFEYSummit Daily News

GRANBY – Saturday’s Panther Invite at Middle park was hugely successful for the Summit High School wrestling team, even though six of its wrestlers were winless.Having nine able-bodied varsity wrestlers was a victory in itself for a team that brought just four to the same event last year.Melvin said his team’s power in numbers was instantly recognized in Granby.”(Assistant) Coach (Jack) Byrne gave them a good warm-up routine and they’ve stuck with it Melvin said. “When we warmed up, we drew some interest. Not every team has a disciplined routine and it’s all about discipline.”The young Tigers were led by Will McDonald (103 pounds), Nate Roe (152) and Chris Dutt (189), all of whom earned their first career high-school victories.Melvin said he was impressed with McDonald’s composure as a freshman. “He’s at 103, so he was one of the first kids to wrestle,” Melvin said. “He jumped right into the match like it was regular business.”Dutt, who was recruited by Byrne from the football team, wrestled competitively for the fist time in his career, Melvin said.All three victorious Tigers finished 1-2 on the day. Melvin seemed plenty content with the three victories, despite the fact the rest of the Tigers went 0-2.”We would have been happy with any wins,” he said. “It was a pretty tough tournament and the kids showed a lot of heart.”

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