WHITE PINE — Lakeway Christian Academy’s Colby Dalon had his options of colleges to continue his academics and wrestling career.
Once he took his visit to Kent State University, Dalon knew that’s where he wanted to be. On Wednesday afternoon, Dalon made it official by signing his National Letter of Intent with Kent State.
“I’m really excited that I’m taking a step towards the future I want with a really good, asserted college,” Dalon said.
What he is most excited about Kent State, the Division I program in Ohio, is he knows he will have to continue to prove himself.
“I’m excited to get up there and work,” Dalon said. “It’s a tough school. I know I have to prove myself to the coaches and to the other kids. I have to show my abilities to start and that’s my goal.”
Dalon was a part of LCA’s Division II-A Dual Wrestling State Championship this past season and contributed his efforts to bring LCA its first state title as a team.
This last season was Dalon’s first year wrestling for LCA, too, due to transfer restrictions.
LCA wrestling coach Tony DeAngelo knew he had a vital tool on his team with Dalon and was ready for him to get out on the mat to compete.
“Dalon had a fire lit and felt like he had something to prove,” DeAngelo said. “He came in his junior season and had to sit out.
“Our focus for him, while he sat out, was growth. We knew what we had with Dalon. We just had to keep the focus. It was tough to have him on the bench his junior season but we knew what the process was.”
DeAngelo knew immediately Dalon was going to do special things for the program and land a scholarship with a collegiate program.
“I knew it immediately,” DeAngelo said. “I saw him as an impact kid right away. We saw his talent level and we knew he had it what it took. If you show up and put the work in, things will work out for you.”
Dalon plans to study nursing while wrestling for Kent State.