Comets roll to 9th straight GMC title
Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer
For the ninth straight year, Mason has taken its place atop the podium at the GMC Championships.
This year, the Comets did so under the leadership of the first year head coach Matt McIntire, who gave credit to the wrestlers for being the ones who continued the streak.
“It’s a tribute to the great kids on our team and the wrestlers and how hard they work,” McIntire said. “It’s a lot of fun to be a part of a great program and to have kids that want to be good and wrestle for each other.”
Mason won with a final total of 223 points, winning comfortably over Fairfield’s 175. The Comets took first place in five of the 14 weight classes and runner-up in another four.
Senior Dylan Waugh, who took second place in the 126-pound class, said McIntire and former head coach Craig Murnan motivated them to keep the tradition of dominance.
“We’ve won the past nine years. Our new coach, Matt McIntire, he wanted to be a part of the tradition and keep it going as long as he’s here,” Waugh said. “He emphasized it and then Murnan brought up the history of the GMC and it gave us more motivation when they both talked about it. They motivated us to keep Mason’s name in the GMC and keep the dominance in the conference.”
Pictured (from left)- 152 pound champion Junior Chris Donathan, Heavyweight champion junior Brogan Reed, 220 pound runner up Junior Emerik Moser and 126 pound runner up Senior Dylan Waugh.
McIntire said the team welcomed him from the beginning of the season.
“There were never issues. The team embraced me from day one and we’ve been going together as a team from the very beginning.”
On January 31, the team defeated Springboro in the regional final of the state dual tournament.
Waugh believes the team has many wrestlers who have a chance to turn some heads in the postseason tournament, both as individuals and with the team.
“We have some really big ‘upsetters’ that are going to go through districts and state that are really going to defy what they’re projected to get,” Waugh said. “And some freshmen that are going to surprise a lot of people and Mason is going to make a name for themselves these next few weeks.”
McIntire said despite the team’s youth, they’ve accomplished their primary goals for the season.
“I knew this was a young team but I also knew there was a lot of talent on the team so my expectations were that we would finish strong as a team. One of our goals was to win a GMC title. Another one of our goals was to win our region for the state duals and we were able to accomplish both of those goals.”