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DHS Wrestler Carlos Norris
DHS Wrestler Carlos Norris
Nicki Luper
Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Find Carlos! Yes, that is a picture of  the wrestling teams from Pomeroy High School with Carlos Norris in the gold and red uniform front and center. Dayton High School Junior Carlos Norris is heading into the wrestling post season with his focus on competing in the medal rounds at the state tournament. Carlos makes the trip each day to Pomeroy as part of a cooperative agreement where he trains with the team from PHS but for competitions he represents Dayton High School throughout the season. Pomeroy has a long established reputation as one of the top wrestling programs in the state so the opportunity to train with the team and learn from the coaches in Pomeroy has turned out to be a beneficial experience for Carlos and his teammates. Coach Ben Slaybaugh is quoted as saying "Carlos is a tough competitor who uses his speed and agility to dominate his opponents. He leads the team in several point scoring categories including take downs, 3 point near falls, and 2 point near falls." Currently his season record is 28-3. Now is the time wrestlers across the state are grappling for a spot in the line-up at the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament. Carlos captured his 3rd District at 138 lbs title last week and is headed into the regional tournament this weekend in Oroville. He enters the tournament as the number 1 seed from the south.  To move onto Mat Classic XXXI  he will need to place in the top 3 at the regional tournament.  Coach Slaybaugh has been in Carlos's corner all season and he is optimistic about his ability to advance to state. "I believe  he has a great shot at going to state and I think he could make the medal rounds again. He's a great kid and has been fun to coach."  When I asked Carlos if he had a quote for this post he flashed that winning smile and said " I want to thank all my coaches and and everyone who has helped me this season."  He has done the work, trained hard, sacrificed  and prepared all season for the opportunity to return to state.  Now it is time to make it happen. We wish Carlos all the best at state and look forward to sharing the results as he continues to progress through the season.