NEWBURYPORT — At the conclusion of every match or tournament, Georgetown/Ipswich wrestling head coach Ryan Archambault sends an email with the meet results and a few comments on his team’s performance.
While this is a normal practice for high school coaches, Archambault’s quote after his team went 1-2 at the Winchester Quad Meet was far from typical.
“I talk a lot with the kids about their effort levels,” wrote Archambault. “A kid that doesn’t get much attention is senior Mason Dalley. Mason went 0-3 today. Many will look at that stat as just a kid losing three times, but let me tell you this: I’d take 14 Mason Dalleys over a gym full of superstars that this sport may have come easily to. This kid just amazes me every time he steps on the mat and pours it all out.”
What impressed Archambault so much about an 0-3 performance may be difficult for those unfamiliar with wrestling to comprehend.
“A pin is automatically six points for a team,” Archambault said. “In our meet against Quabbin, Mason lost 5-2 – a three point decision. So, Quabbin earned three points instead of six. So, by not getting pinned you could save your team 6,9, 12 points. We call it saving team points.”
What makes his ability to compete without getting pinned all the more special is his weight inequality to his opponent. This season, Dalley has been consistently relied upon to compete at the 220-pound weight class, though belonging in the 195-pound weight class.
“I go out to win,” Dalley said. “It’s tougher wrestling up 25 pounds but I am looking to, and trying to win. He always looks for me to win but if the guy is really tough, he says make sure you don’t get pinned because we need the points.”
It’s not only a role that Dalley accepts, but one that he embraces.