GREENVILLE — A trio of Greenville youths secured medals at the MYWAY state youth wrestling tournament March 31.
Caleb McCarty, Naythan Dobson and Liam Pillard were able to place in the top eight in the tournament, which was enough to medal.
“You have to place in at least two tournaments to get to regionals,” assistant coach Ken Dobson said. “Through regionals, you have to place in the top four in your age group and weight division to qualify you for state.”
McCarty went 4-3 and placed eighth in the 77-pound class at the tournament. Naythan Dobson was 6-2, good for fourth in the 53-pound division and Pillard was 4-3 for eighth in the 130-pound class.
“These three kids are probably the top in the group,” Ken Dobson said. “Liam lost maybe twice this year. My son Naythan ended up finishing the year 34-5. Caleb was right at the top, first or second at every tournament and did very, very well.”
Two may even make the national tournament, according to Ken Dobson. Naythan Dobson and Pillard were invited to the national tournament, which will be April 14 and 15 in Battle Creek.
“You can sign up for nationals, but Naythan got a paper that he was invited to nationals,” his father said.
Ken Dobson gave the credit to head coach Charlie Mahar, who was unavailable for comment.
“The program was very good this year,” Dobson said. “Charlie’s a good coach. He was there a little more.
He does really well, gets down with the kids to teach them moves and really keeps the kids focused on wrestling, teamwork, dedication and hard work.”
Dobson said the national tournament will be a difficult one because the top four from various states will be there.
“It’s obviously where the big boys go. It’s the best of the best,” he said. “We got kids from Nebraksa, California, Ohio, Illinois. There’s a good lineup of a lot of state finishers coming a good distance to nationals. I think it’s going to be great for the kids.”