Wyalusing's Otis takes fourth at states
HERSHEY - Wyalusing's Dylan Otis suffered another close loss at the PIAA Wrestling Championships Saturday.
The Junior fell 3-1 to Bethlehem Catholic's Andrew Dunn in the 220 pound third place match. Despite the set back Otis was pleased to take fourth.
"It feels good to get a state medal," he said. "It's not the medal I wanted but a state medal is a state medal. Nobody can take it away from you."
He is Wyalusing's first medalist since 2008.
"It certainly has been a while," Wyalusing coach Gary Haley said. "Last year we were real close to having two of them, Colin (Edsell) and Dylan (Otis) lost overtime matches and that's heartbreaking but Dylan's been working real hard, he's dedicated himself over the course of the last year. He's wrestled all spring and all summer long, he's been in the weight room and he really wanted to make sure that he got a medal down."
Otis's other loss in Hershey was in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion, Avella's Jake Temple 3-2. Temple won the state title 3-1.
"He wanted a state championship but he had some tough kids in his weight class," Haley said. "He lost a couple tough matches."
After a scoreless first period Dunn went up with an escape in the second. He then got a takedown with two seconds left to take a 3-0 lead.
In the third Otis got his escape to cut it to 3-1 but Dunn was able to wrist tie Otis up enough to keep him from getting his offense going.
"He's a good wrestler," remarked Otis. "He's well trained, technically sound with his defense and stuff. I had a hard time getting my offense set up so I could get my shots."
After coming up short last year Otis was happy to get into the medals.
"Overall definitely a great tournament," he explained. "It is the best tournament I've wrestled all year."
Haley felt Otis wrestled his best.
"His goal was to come down here and win a state title," he said. "It's easier said than done. I think he wrestled well, a couple here or there in the Temple match and it might have been a different story. He's had a great season and he should be proud of himself and I'm sure now that he's gotten down here and gotten a medal next year he's going to be looking for a state title."
Otis will once again be looking to get on top that state podium for his senior year.
"I've got a lot work to do to get to the top where I want to be," he remarked. "It's a good confidence boost."
And next year he may have more company. Last year his cousin Collin Edsell made the tournament, this year Dalton Chilson made it. Both will be back with the team next year, along with some other strong up and coming wrestlers.
"We have a lot back and a lot coming up," he said. "We have some young guys so it should be a good year next year."
Haley is hoping that the experience his three state qualifiers have gotten these past two years will help them lead the up and coming Rams to some more hardware next season.
"It was nice to get Dylan and Dalton here," Haley said. "We had a couple other kids at Regionals, so they got some good experience. We've got some junior high kids coming up but it doesn't mean anything if they don't put the work in the off season. They've got to be in the weight room, they've got to be doing some extra wrestling. If they do that Coach Fisk and I will be encouraging them and make sure they do that stuff. Hopefully next year we get some more guys down here and get some more medals."