SPRING MILLS — Michael Dolan can’t let you know his profession wrestling report off the highest of his head.
He is aware of what number of losses he suffered over a distinguished profession at Spring Mills that features three particular person state championships, nonetheless.
It’s like he recollects all 9 of his defeats, they follow him.
“I simply type of keep in mind that extra,” Dolan stated, “due to what you are taking from a loss a bit of extra, what I can work on extra and what I can study.”
He completed an abbreviated 2021 season undefeated, profitable the 126-pound championship in Class AAA.
That title got here after he received titles at 113 kilos the earlier two seasons. As a freshman, he completed third at 106 kilos throughout a season by which he went 52-3.
As a senior, Dolan received the state event with a pin, a choice and two technical falls, together with a 15-0 verdict within the championship match.
He’s being rewarded for his success as a senior in addition to all through a profession that features 167 wins towards 9 losses and is being named as The Journal Wrestler of the 12 months.
His state championship as a senior was even higher as a result of his youthful brother, Matthew, additionally received a state championship, coming at 106 kilos.
“That basically stands proud as a result of it’s the primary time with a teammate — and it’s higher with my brother,” Michael Dolan stated. “That stands out, doing it with him.”
What’s additionally notable is that the season was shortened and delayed by coronavirus pandemic.
The 2 brothers spent lots of time wrestling one another simply to remain prepared for when there was going to be a season.
“Like earlier than the season, we didn’t know if there could be a season, so we had been at it within the storage and understanding and staying in coaching,” Dolan stated.
He did fear about whether or not there could be a season.
“It was fairly bizarre,” Dolan stated. “I believed we had been going make it, however then proper on the finish, the state meet could be canceled.
“Fortunately, that didn’t occur.”
It was at all times on his thoughts, his creativeness getting the most effective of him at occasions.
“You retain pondering … you’re at all times prepared for that,” Dolan stated.
In the long run, although, he loved the season similar as at all times.
“Although it was shorter, I nonetheless bought to hold round with my teammates quite a bit,” he stated. “It’s been like each different season in that means, besides we couldn’t go to some main occasions or different occasions due to time — we couldn’t match them in.
“I’d say it was enjoyable.”
Particularly in profitable one other state championship.
Subsequent for Dolan is wrestling at West Virginia College. He’s a most popular walk-on for the Mountaineers and can examine laptop engineering.
“It will likely be actually exhausting to get in that lineup,” he stated. “I’m wanting ahead to coaching with them and dealing tougher.
“I’m trying to stand up there and get higher and expertise Division I wrestling. It ought to be fairly cool.”
And it could be even cooler if he can duplicate the extent of success he loved as a highschool wrestler.