It was a historic day for Indian Lake High School Wrestling on April 17. Surrounded by family, friends and fans, three wrestlers signed their letters of intent to continue their athletics at the collegiate level.
Connor Dixon signed his letter to wrestle at Urbana University under new Head Coach Brett Smith.
With a career record of 147-46, Connor placed fifth in the state in the 182-pound weight class.
Dixon says the facilities and atmosphere at Urbana University feel similar to his wrestling home at Indian Lake.
“I really like their coach because he’s younger and he’s leaving the program more to us. It’ll will be fun to start with the guys from around here.”
Dixon earned a partial athletic scholarship. He plans to study criminal justice.
His teammate, Dylan Knotts, will be joining him as a Blue Knight. Knotts also signed his letter of intent. Knotts was district champion in the 160 lb. weight class and wrestled at the state meet. His career record is 109-42. Knotts is originally from Champaign County and is excited to return.
“I like the culture down there. It’s pretty cool. I grew up down there, so I know a lot about it and it’s close to home. I like that I can commute.”
Knotts also receives a partial athletic scholarship and he plans to study exercise science.
Finally, Cole Mefford signed his papers to wrestle for Ohio Northern University. Mefford placed 7th in the 220 lb. weight class at the state wrestling tournament this spring. Mefford will wrestle for Polar Bears Coach Ron Beaschler and has committed to the university’s ROTC program.
“I really loved the professors, the coaches and I really love the campus. It really felt like home and everything about it is perfect to me. I plan to study accounting, wrestle and also go every Thursday for ROTC and become an Army officer during my four years of college.”
Mefford’s overall career record was 103-42. He receives ROTC scholarships and other grants for academics.
Indian Lake Head Coach Ryan Dickson was on hand for each signing. He said,
“The wrestling coaching staff is beaming with pride that each of these young men have made the commitment to further their wrestling and academic careers at the next level in college. All three have been a pleasure to work with and it has been awesome watching them grow into the men they have become. Urbana University and Ohio Northern both gained some really amazing student athletes and we’re excited to follow there careers! Dylan Connor and Cole have been major contributors to the success our program has had the last few years and we will miss them greatly.”
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.