By Najm Jabbar- Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 wrestling season, everyone knew that there are at least three or four wrestling weight classes in which Lincoln High will definitely succeed: Wesley Dawkins at 120 lbs., Aidan Arnolds at 132 lbs., Hunter White at 160 lbs., and Terry Jones at 220 lbs.
All of these wrestlers had great matches and most of them were able to bring home some state medals. Jones placed 6th, and Arnold placed 4th, but all eyes were on senior Wesley Dawkins who was looking to not only continue his undefeated season but also to break a school record.
Dawkins won his final match in the tournament and his 42nd of the season against Kobe Paczosa from Columbus. That win was also his 150th for his career, breaking the previous LHS record.
“It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get there,” Dawkins said. “My brothers had wrestled for Lincoln High, and it means a lot for me to be one of the top wrestlers in Lincoln High.” Dawkins, who started wrestling as early as three years old, was honored at the Winter Honors Convocation for his academic success and leadership. Dawkins caught the attention of many college coaches, but so far, he has not decided which college he will be attending next year.